Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Characterised New Driver Focussed Features

If you think the V8 Vantage is too weak and the V12 Vantage is too powerful, prepare to rejoice as Aston Martin has just unveiled the V8 Vantage S. The new Aston Martin V8 Vantage S characterised by a host of
new driver-focussed features all designed to push the honed dynamics of the standard Vantage to a new benchmark level.

The Vantage S described as a "driver-focused" model, the S features a unique appearance with a carbon fiber front splitter, a larger air intake, a new rear bumper, and a carbon fiber diffuser. Other changes include modified side sills, a bigger rear spoiler and 19-inch alloy wheels with bespoke Bridgestone tires to optimise road holding enhancing dynamic feel.

Inside, the cabin is outfitted with sport seats, a sport steering wheel, Weave Alloy trim, and plenty of Vantage S badging.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S has been specifically designed to handle like a proper sports car. Compared to the standard model, the S has a sportier steering ratio, larger front brake discs (which measure 380mm and are clamped by new six-piston calipers), and new springs / dampers. Additionally, there's a new dynamic stability control system and a revised brake module with Hydraulic Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist. The Vantage S benefits from its own unique sound with a new exhaust muffler and bypass valve map, creating a very distinctive and highly vocal exhaust note.

Specs engine, power comes from a 4.7-liter V8 engine with 430 hp (321 kW / 436 PS) and 490 Nm (361 lb-ft) of torque - 10 hp (7 kW / 10 PS) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) more than standard model. It is paired to a new seven-speed Sportshift II transmission which shifts 20% faster than the previous gearbox. While performance specifications haven't been announced, the car has a combined fuel consumption rating of 12.9 L/100km (21.9 mpg IMP / 18.2 US), CO2 emissions of 299 g/km, and a top speed of 189 mph (305 km/h).

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

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