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By Ben Barry
22 May 2008 16:57
It might look exactly the same, but there's a new 4.7-litre V8 in this Aston Martin Vantage. The suspension, steering, interior and transmission of the V8 Vantage has also been significantly revised. The revisions push the V8 Vantage’s price from £83,000 to £85,000.
If you’ve already got a Vantage you’ll be pleased to hear that the new model is indeed identical on the outside. Step inside, however, and you’ll notice that the centre console has been tweaked to look much like the DBS with its so-called Emotional Control Unit and theatrical push-the-key-in-the-slot start-up procedure.
There are also some useful extras including iPod and MP3 integration and a 30GB hard disc drive sat-nav that replaces the previous DVD-based system. The comfy leather seats remain but you’ll still notice that a little more support wouldn’t go amiss through quicker corners.
Yes indeed. The bypass valve in the exhaust still opens at around 4000rpm, so it still has that head-turning, whip-crack soundtrack. Previously it sounded better than it went, but now the 4.3-litre V8 has been bored and stroked to 4.7-litres. The bore goes up from 89mm to 91mm thanks to new pistons and cylinder liners, while the stroke is upped from 86 to 91mm with an all-new crankshaft.
That translates to 420bhp and 346lb ft (up from 380bhp and 302lb ft respectively) and much more urgent progress on the road. There’s instant shove as soon as you drop the accelerator, and one long progressive rush to beyond 7000rpm.
A very unscientific test against a hard-charging E92 V8 M3 on the autobahn suggested the Aston had the legs on the BMW from 60mph until traffic intervened at around 160mph. And the M3 isn’t slow!
Click 'Next' below to read more of our Aston Martin V8 Vantage first drive
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RE: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe (2008) CAR review
God lord, but how special does a car have to be to get that last star? I think the looks of the thing are fantastic, easily enough to push it over the edge into true greatness. I wish the US could produce something with even half the class and enduring appeal. It's simply perfect.
05 August 2009 17:43
RE: Aston Martin 4.7-litre V8 Vantage Coupe CAR review
Oh, and sorry to be one of those irritating people who correct mistakes in articles, but "heal" and toe? I'd rather use my feet than a Doctor to change gear!
23 May 2008 14:17
Another day, another Aston to want. Life's hard sometimes!
23 May 2008 14:12
im just so in love with every aston martin.Beautiful british style and enginered by a german what more could you want
23 May 2008 12:37
Beautiful car and the 10% hike in bhp and torque is just what's needed to keep this legend going and 'in the face' of its 911 rival. Not sure about the wheels but the rest of the upgrades (MP3/i-Pod integration etc) brings the Vantage bang up to date. When I've got my 'reliable as fat-face Bill Gates' laptop working I'm looking forward to the 60mph to 160mph daliance with the new M3! Aston Martin have never looked better managed or in better shape.
23 May 2008 12:10
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