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Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2005–2018)

Last updated 11 June 2019

Looks good and its V8 sounds even better. Comfortable and civilised.
Creates lots of brake dust. Volvo derived navigation complicated to use. Not as fast as it sounds. Early cars prone to paint bubbling around door handles and parking sensors. A new engine is £17,000 and even at 19,000 miles it may need one.
Updated 10 June 2019

Report of engine failure of 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Sportshift Convertible at 18,800 miles. Car had been purchased used from AM dealer in January 2018 at 16,800 miles with 12 months warranty....

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Aston Martin improved the Vantage range for 2012 with enhancements designed to add to the 'dynamic feel and style' of the model. Prices have been actually been reduced with the V8 Coupe now costing £84,995 -  a cut of almost £6000.

The updates are the most significant since the range was revised in 2008 and while the 'entry' level V8 Vantage has the same 426PS 4.7-litre engine as before, it's now available with a new six-speed Sportshift automated manual gearbox as an option.

The chassis has also been worked on with quicker steering, larger brakes and wider tyres. The new braking system includes Hill Start Assist (HSA) for more control on steep inclines. The V8 Vantage also gets styling tweaks inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition. There's a lower bumper with an aerodynamic splitter that has a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes.

Meanwhile the Vantage S is now priced at £99,995 - a cut of £2,500 over the previous list price. It retains the same 436PS V8 engine and gets the Sportshift II seven-speed automated manual transmission as standard along with a sports exhaust system. Inside the Vantage S there is carbon fibre detailing and a fully integrated sat nav system developed with Garmin along with Bluetooth and cruise control.

Production of the V12 Vantage continues unchanged with the same 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 517PS and and 570Nm which gives it a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds.

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