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Aston Martin boosts its Vantage line-up


Aston Martin has launched the new V8 Vantage S, which will bridge the gap between the 'entry level' Vantage and the powerful V12

Aston says the new Vantage S has more "driver focussed" features, including enhanced dynamics, a tweaked engine, new transmission, and

Under the bonnet is a 4.7-litre V8 engine that has been re-engineered to deliver increased power and torque - 430hp (321kW) and 490Nm respectively.

This is coupled with a new SportshiftTM II automated manual transmission with seven short ratio gears. The Vantage S also has a Sport button to quicken the already fast gear changes.

Other changes include a quickened steering rack ratio, a larger diameter front brake disc with new six-piston front brake calipers, new springs and dampers, wider rear wheels, a new dynamic stability control (DSC) system and a new brake module providing features such as Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Bespoke tyres have been developed with Bridgestone to "optimise road holding enhancing dynamic feel".

Aston has also upped the new Vantage in the looks department, with a larger air intake housed in carbon fibre, wider sills, and a larger rear spoiler.

"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 Vantage S is available to order now from Aston Martin's global dealership network in either a coupe or roadster version.

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