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Aston Martin announced the launch of a special edition V8 Vantage. Called Vantage S, the new luxurious sports car will be one of the fastest member of the Vantage family.

Vantage S will be unveiled to the public at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, will be available as a coupe or convertible, and will cost just over $160,000.

The new model “epitomizes every attribute of the V8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before,” says Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez.

Under the hood Aston has installed a 4.7-liter V8 beast that has been engineered to deliver 430bhp and torque of 490-Nm. That’s about 10-bhp over its nearest rival, the V8 Vantage N420 – currently the speed king of Aston’s V8 range. Moreover, the automaker has developed a new Sportshift II seven-speed automated manual gearbox with paddle shifters.


With the new engine and gearbox ( the new gearbox is 20 percent quicker than the six-speed Sportshift) , special edition Aston Martin Vantage S will hit a top speed of 190mph.

Chassis upgrades include a quicker steering-rack ratio ( 15:1 compared to 17:1 on the standard car ) and larger-diameter front brake discs with new, six-piston front brake calipers, new springs and dampers, and wider rear wheels.


The new 19-inch ‘V’ spoke wheels are unique to the Vantage S, but buyers can option a set of forged alloys for a half a kilo saving at each corner.

The V8 Vantage S is available to order now, and is priced at £102,500 for the coupe and £110,700 for the roadster version.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S – Specification

Two-seat, two-door coupe or soft-cover convertible top body
Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body
Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)
High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam)
LED rear lamps
Clear rear lamps
Carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser

All-alloy quad overhead camshaft, 32-valve 4735 cc V8
Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active
bypass valves
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Maximum Power 321 kW (430 bhp / 436 PS) at 7300 rpm
Maximum Torque 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) at 5000 rpm
Acceleration0-60 mph tbc; 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) tbc
Maximum Speed 189 mph (305 km/h)

Rear mid-mounted ‘Sportshift II’ 7-speed single clutch
automated manual transmission
Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
Limited slip differential
Final Drive Ratio 4.182:1

Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 2.6 turns lock-to-lock Column tilt and reach adjustment.

Wheels & tyres
19″ V-Sspoke cast alloy silver painted wheels with diamond
turned finish
Front8.5J x 19″ Bridgestone Potenza RE050 245/40 R19
Rear 10.0J x 19″ Bridgestone Potenza RE050 285/35 R19

FrontIndependent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive
geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers
RearIndependent double wishbones with anti- squat and anti
lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers

FrontVentilated and grooved two-piece floating discs, 380mm
diameter with six piston calipers
RearVentilated and grooved steel discs, 330mm diameter with
four piston calipers
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Positive Torque Control (PTC)
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Traction Control

Full grain leather interior
Weave Alloy facia trim
Iridium Silver centre console outer finish and Graphite inner
Leather-trimmed sports steering wheel
Embroidered ‘Vantage S’ seat logo
Embroidered ‘Vantage S’ carpet logo
Electrically operated Sports seats with side airbags
Dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags
Heated rear screen
Automatic temperature control
Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
Trip computer
Cruise control
Bluetooth telephone preparation1
Glass ECU
LED map lamps
Rear parking sensors
Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
Tyre-pressure monitoring
Alarm and immobiliser
Remote-controlled central door locking and boot release
Tracking device (UK only)3
Anodised black ‘S’ theme tread plates

In Car Entertainment:
160 W Aston Martin audio system with six-CD autochanger
Integrated Apple iPod® connector4
USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF),
Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file

Exterior Options:
V-Spoke cast alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond
turned finish
10-Spoke forged alloy silver painted wheels with diamond
turned finish
10-Spoke forged alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond
turned finish
Bright finish grille
Carbon fibre side strakes
Magnum Silver bonnet and side stake meshes
Alternative brake caliper finish – black, red, silver
Front parking sensors
Delete ‘Vantage S’ model badging
Delete protective tape

Interior Options:
Lightweight seats with six-way electrical adjustment (does not
include side airbags; not available in USA or Canada)1
Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
Heated seats (included as standard with Lightweight seats)
ISOFIX and fixed height passenger seat (Sports seats only)
Alternative facia trim finishes – Prism Alloy, Piano Black,
Piano Black Interior Pack
Alcantara trimmed steering wheel
Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror with garage door
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system1,2
700 W Aston Martin Premium Audio system with Dolby® Pro
Logic II®
1000 W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with
Satellite radio system (USA and Canada only)
Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor)
Tracking device1,3
Second glass ECU
Delete embroidered ‘Vantage S’ seat logo
Delete embroidered ‘Vantage S’ carpet logo
Personalised sill plaques
Wind deflector (Roadster only)
First aid kit
Ashtray and cigar lighter
Boot mounted umbrella

Length4385 mm (172.6″)
Width (excluding mirrors) 1865 mm (73.5″)
Width (including mirrors) 2025 mm (80.0″)
Height (Coupe) 1260 mm (49.6″)
Height (Roadster) 1270 mm (50.0″)
Wheelbase2600 mm (102.5″)
Front Track 1570 mm (62.0″)
Rear Track 1590 mm (62.6″)
Turning Circle 11.38 m (37.3 ft) (kerb to kerb)
Boot Capacity (Coupe) 300 litres (10.6 cu ft)
Boot Capacity (Roadster) 144 litres (5.0 cu ft)
Fuel Capacity 80 litres (17.6 UK gal/21.1 US gal)
Kerb Weight (Coupe) 1610 kg (3549 lb)
Kerb Weight (Roadster) 1690 kg (3726 lb)

Fuel Consumption: litres/100 km (mpg):
Urban19.2 (14.7)
Extra-urban9.3 (30.4)
Combined12.9 (21.9)
Gas Mileage (North America only)
City14 mpg
Highway21 mpg
CO2 Emissions5
299 g/km