Aston Martin V8 Vantage S gets Sportshift II to make it sportier

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

Usually for many automakers the letter ‘S’ stands for Sport and that is no different for Aston Martin and its new V8 Vantage S. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is ‘beefed’ up by a host of features that take the standard Vantage to the next level.

Power from the 4.7L V8 has been re-engineered to deliver 430-hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a new round-up developed 7-speed Sportshift II transmission specifically designed for the Vantage S with seven short ratio gears. Aston Martin says that the transmission is twenty percent quicker than its Sportshift. The V8 Vantage S also benefits from its own sound with a new exhaust muffler, quickened steering rack ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1 on the standard car and a larger diameter front brake disc with new six-piston front brake calipers, new dynamic stability control (DSC) system and bespoke Bridgestone tires.

“The Vantage S epitomises every attribute of the V8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before,” says Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, “It combines dynamic exhilaration with all the charming finesse, beauty and practicality already associated with the Vantage range.”

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S also gets enhanced looks inspired by the V12 Vantage with a new lower front bumper finished in carbon fiber houses, a larger air intake feeding the engine and front brakes, a splitter combined with the extended deck lid ‘flip,’ 19 inch ‘V’ spoke wheel (optional 10-spoke lightweight forged wheel available) and a new rear bumper and side sills optically widen the car.

– By: Omar Rana