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Aston Martin launches V8 Vantage S

Aston Martin has launched its new V8 Vantage S which gets a host of new driver-focussed features all designed to push the dynamics of the standard Vantage to a new level.

Aston Martin's own 4.7 litre V8 engine has been engineered to deliver peak power of 430bhp at 7300 rpm plus torque of 490Nm at 5000 rpm and is coupled with a newly developed Sportshift II transmission specifically designed for the Vantage S with seven short ratio gears.

It also gets a quickened steering rack ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1 on the standard car and a larger diameter front brake disc with new six-piston front brake calipers. There are also new springs, dampers and wider rear wheels. A new dynamic stability control (DSC) system specifically tuned to the Vantage S along with a new brake module providing features such as Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) which provides assistance in emergency braking situations, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Bespoke tyres have been developed with Bridgestone to optimise road holding enhancing dynamic feel.

The new seven speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission comes as standard and delivers exceedingly rapid gear changes, twenty per cent quicker than Sportshift. The extra gear permits shorter well-spaced ratios taking advantage of the optimum torque, which combined with a shorter final drive ratio delivers quicker acceleration.

In addition, the Vantage S features a ‘Sport' button which quickens the gear changes and gives the driver a more aggressive throttle response while also opening the exhaust bypass valves across most of the engine speed range perfectly characterising the ‘S' variant. As with every Aston Martin, the Vantage S benefits from its own unique sound with a new exhaust muffler and bypass valve map, creating a very distinctive and highly vocal exhaust note.

The styling includes a new lower front bumper finished in carbon fibre which houses a larger air intake feeding the engine and front brakes. New 19 inch ‘V' spoke wheel styles are available as standard, while an optional 10-spoke lightweight forged wheel option is available. There is also a new rear bumper and side sills.

The Vantage S is available to order now from Aston Martin's global dealership network.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S (1)

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