Geneva 2011: Aston Martin V8 Vantage S
By ChrisAston Martin has officially revealed their brand new V8 Vantage S at the Geneva Motor Show today. The manufacturer of sports cars had already released information and images about this car at the end of January, but we can now show you some live pictures of the British sports car.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine which has an output of 436hp, an improvement of 16hp compared to the standard V8 Vantage. This car was developed to bridge the gap between the V8 Vantage and the more powerful V12 Vantage RS, a gap that was clearly illustrated by Top Gear USA earlier. The torque is improved from 470Nm to 490Nm and the top speed is 305km/h.
The V8 Vantage S has an all new seven-speed Sportshift 2. This is an automated manual with seven speeds and is said to shift twenty percent quicker than its predecessor. The gearbox itself is 24kg lighter, attributing the majority to a weight decrease of 30kg down to 1600kg overall.
Other changes include the brakes – the new “S” gets bigger discs and six pistons per wheel. The exterior looks a bit sportier and that feeling is continued on the inside where you’ll find a two-tone leather interior. The Vantage S also has a sport button which improves shifting and increases the volume of the exhaust.
Prices start at £ 102,500 compared to £ 88,995 for the normal V8 Vantage. Deliveries will start immediately after the Geneva Motor Show.