Aston Martin released the first driving footage of its new V8 Vantage S. Available as a coupe or a roadster, the S is more powerful than the standard V8 model, has a different gearbox and a track-oriented suspension.
The 4.7-liter V8 powerplant has been tuned to deliver 430HP and 490 Nm (361 lb-ft) of torque, an increase of 10HP and 20 Nm respectively. The Vantage S also sports a new 7-speed Sportshift II transmission, which has shorter gear ratios and changes gears 20 percent faster than the standard 6-speed box offered on the V8 Vantage. The company didn't reveal details about the 0 to 100 km/h sprint, communicating only the top speed - 305 km/h (189 mph).
The suspension received new springs and dampers, while the front brakes are larger than on the standard model. On the outside, the V8 Vantage S has a new front bumper sporting a large air intake and a splitter, prominent side sills and a redesigned rear bumper.
You can get a taste of the Vantage S’ V8 soundtrack by watching the video below, which was shot at the Ascari circuit in Spain. If you can get past the annoying music, that is...
By Dan Mihalascu