Aston Martin Vantage gets 2012 refresh

Aston Martin has been playing around with its Vantage range again, this time making the most extensive changes to the car since 2008.

The most significant changes are to the 'basic' Vantage, which gets a raft of tweaks inspired by its more focused 'S' cousin.

The 4.7-litre 426hp V8 and six-speed manual stay, but the six-speed Sportshift automated manual is now replaced by the seven-speed Sportshift II from the Vantage S. The Vantage's chassis also gets quicker steering (15:1 compared to 17:1), bigger brakes (380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston calipers as well as hill-start assist) and wider tyres.

There are visual tweaks too, including a lower bumper - complete with an aerodynamic splitter - that houses a larger air intake. At the rear there's a new (working) diffuser and what Aston calls 'race-derived' side sills.

Both the Vantage coupe and roadster get these tweaks, and the car now starts from £84,995. The Vantage S continues largely unchanged, meanwhile, at £99,995.


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  • s2000db 20 Feb 2012

    They'll have to try harder than that imo..

  • ZOLLAR 20 Feb 2012

    Looks very "rounded", hard to explain what I mean just doesn't look right.

    I'm not liking it.

    I can't stop editing, is it just the front bumper they've changed?.

  • Agoogy 20 Feb 2012

    That's not a nice publicity shot of the two of them.
    In 99% of shots, or in reality, it's top 5 "most gorgeous looking car ever" for me...

  • UH-Matt 20 Feb 2012

    So really it looks like they just took some bits from the current "s" and made them standard on the standard vantage for 2012?

    ... so whats the point in the S?

  • Ex Boy Racer 20 Feb 2012

    The first ones were the nicest looking.
    Each change just makes it look fatter

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