Any car that starts with the foundations of a fantastic car like the V8 Vantage is always going to be destined for greatness. Building upon iconic beginnings, the V8 Vantage S takes directly from Aston Martin’s GT4 race programme to become even more sporty and agile.
Exhibiting obvious Vantage DNA and an even more aggressive engine, V8 Vantage S is a lesson in race-bred dynamism that doesn’t replace the V8 Vantage but instead complements it as a unique package of driver involvement.
With strong aesthetics that hint at the sporting pedigree and aggression of the V8 Vantage S, the beautiful lines find their roots in the classic Vantage shape. Inspired by Aston Martin’s class-leading GT programme, the V8 Vantage S presents a silhouette that speaks of presence and assertion.
Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful cars, the V8 Vantage S features a lower front bumper that is finished in beautifully weaved carbon fibre. Flowing effortlessly towards the rear of the car, the side sills have been taken from the V12 Vantage and subsequently widen the car to add to the now sportier aesthetic of the V8 Vantage S.
Beautiful theatrical styling coming to a close at the rear, Aston Martin have managed to both increase downforce and dynamic styling through the use of an aggressive rear splitter that seamlessly combines with the extended deck lid ‘flip’. Also home to the twin exhaust outlets that grant access to a sonorous exhaust note, the styling at the tail of the V8 vantage S is the perfect end to the muscular car.
With Aston Martin’s sensational 4.7-litre V8 engine sitting upfront, the V8 Vantage S boasts a potent power output of 430bhp and 490nm of torque. Assembled by hand at Aston Martin’s bespoke Cologne facility, this fantastic engine carries the V8 Vantage S from 0-60mph in just 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 190mph.
Benefitting from Aston Martin’s success in motorsports and built upon an advanced aluminium structure, the V8 Vantage S is more than just capable in a straight line – V8 Vantage S is a true sports car, capable in every situation. Providing the driver an involved and intense driving experience, the V8 Vantage S is just as happy at high speeds as it is low, offering everyday usability and uncompromising performance.
As with every Aston Martin, sound is of the upmost importance. As such, Aston Martin’s Sound Engineers have utilised an exhaust muffler and bypass valve to craft a stunning distinct vocal that is specific to V8 Vantage S, its tone and its position within the range.
As one would expect from an Aston Martin, the cabin of the V8 Vantage S is a seamless mixture of painstaking attention to detail and stunning materials. A layout that lacks distraction but doesn’t compromise luxury, the cabin gains its inspiration from motorsport through race-track style stitching, distinctive lightweight seat design and stitched door-card panels.
Employing the supplest of leathers and the most authentic metal & wood finishes throughout, the V8 Vantage S effortlessly demonstrates the luxury of an Aston Martin sports car.Offering access to the car's Satellite Navigation system, Bluetooth and text message integration – to name but a few features – V8 Vantage S gains Aston Martin’s new AMi III infotainment system. Seated within the centre console, the system provides the driver and passenger with an intuitive interface to allow easy use of all of the car’s media abilities.
For those who crave open top theatre, the V8 Vantage S is also available as a Roadster. Sharing in the same silhouette as its hard top sibling, Vantage V8 S Roadster boasts a fabric hood that folds neatly underneath an aluminium tonneau. Exposing occupants to a symphony of unimpeded V8 noise, roof operation takes just 18 seconds and can be completed at speeds up to 30mph.
Only Aston Martin could create a roadster that doesn’t compromise any of the performance or styling of the Coupe; as such, V8 Vantage S Roadster is sharp in handling and capable of 0-60mph in less than four seconds.