The Vantage lineup is offered in V12 Vantage S and V8 Vantage versions, and can be had in either coupe or roadster form.
The base V8 Vantage includes a 4.7L V8 making 420 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. It comes with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed auto-shift manual. V8 Vantage S and Vantage GT models feature a 430-horsepower version of the V8, with torque upped to 361 pound feet. V12 Vantage S versions come with a 6.0L V12 engine that makes 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed single-clutch system that can be shifted via steering wheel paddles.
V12 models can be spotted mostly through their additional hood venting; there are few other changes on the outside. Roadsters come with a power soft-top arrangement, as well as a different rear damper and spring setup. V8 Vantage S models offer a sports suspension upgrade that includes some of the V12 Vantage changes, with a revised rear anti-roll bar, different shocks and uprated springs. Both models ride on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, and stopping power is provided by Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes.
There are two user-selectable driving modes in the Vantage S. The Normal mode softens throttle response and switches to a somewhat quieter, more refined exhaust note. Switch over to the Sport mode, and response gets sharper, plus an exhaust bypass opens at a certain level of accelerator travel to create a sportier, more "raw" exhaust note.
Compared to the coupe, Vantage roadster models get a different trunk lid, including more of a flip up at the back, for aerodynamics, as well as a different lower front air intake. The roadster's soft top fits under a metal tonneau.
The Vantage is nearly 173 inches long, or about the same length as a compact sedan. The Vantage is a two-seater, with plenty of space even for taller adults to sprawl out -- although there isn't a lot of headroom to spare.
In coupe and roadster models, the carbon fiber front splitter and diffuser are hand-made. Inside, there are real glass switches in the center stack, while interior trim pieces are made of carbon fiber.
Equipment on all Vantage models includes automatic climate control, full power accessories, a trip computer, reverse parking sensors, power seats with lumbar support, variable intermittent wipers and headlight washers.
Carbon fiber lightweight seats are an option, bringing six-way adjustable seats with fixed backrests, trimmed with full leather and an exposed carbon-fiber frame. Standout options include front parking sensors, cruise control, satellite radio and a 13-speaker, 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system, with Alcantara trim, polished alloy treadplates, an umbrella with built-in holder and all sorts of custom color combinations for the carpet, upholstery and headliner. Those who like the look of carbon-fiber trim might also want to consider either the Exterior Carbon Pack (rear light housing, side strakes and mirror caps) or the Interior Carbon Pack (dash, shifter and door pulls).
Mighty Powertrains With Strong Acceleration
Opportunities To Customize
A Shape That Looks Great In Coupe Or Roadster Form
Following the 2014 addition of the V12 Vantage S to the lineup, the Aston Martin Vantage has few significant changes, though a special edition Vantage GT is available. That car evokes Aston's racing heritage and features unique side graphics and contrasting colors on the grille surround, mirrors, roofline (on coupes) and more. It is available in five color combinations in both coupe and roadster form. The Vantage GT is the lowest-priced trim in Aston's lowest-priced lineup, and it starts at $102,725 for the coupe and $117,225 for the roadster.
The Vantage is the most affordable car from Aston Martin, and it is neither a light-and-lean roadster nor a performance-oriented grand touring coupe. Rather than taking on other exclusive high-performance cars, it's positioned against other sport-touring models like the BMW M6, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and Jaguar XKR-S.
A simplified, more "honest" driving experience is one argument for the Vantage, in this age of seemingly endless custom settings in some models for driving characteristics. EPA fuel economy ratings for the V8 Vantage, at 13 mpg city, 19 highway, aren't bad, considering this car's performance focus and traditional V8 engine.
Engine: 6.0L V12 48-Valve DOHC
Transmission: 7-Speed Sportshift III ASM
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
3.73 Axle Ratio
Premium Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low Beam Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
Radio: 160W Aston Martin Audio System w/Nav & 6-CD Autochanger -inc: integrated Apple iPod connector and USB connectors w/Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
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