Although Aston Martin's limited-production V12 Zagato has garnered the lion's share of publicity lately, Geneva heralds the arrival of major changes to the core models in the automaker's lineup. Reflecting changes originally introduced on the slightly sportier Vantage S, the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster gain more aggressive styling cues along with improvements to the steering and brake systems plus the availability of an even more capable automatic transmission.
Cosmetic revamps include Vantage S-inspired reworks of both fascias that bring a lower bumper, deeper aerodynamic splitter and larger air intakes up front with a more aggressive rear diffuser. Tying the bolder nose and tail treatments are more deeply sculpted side sills.
To enhance vehicle dynamics, both V8 Vantage models feature a quicker-ratio (15:1 vs 17:1) power steering system culled from the Vantage S and wider tires, changes Aston Martin claims will both quicken responsiveness and raise levels of cornering grip. The redesign also nets larger front brake discs with six-piston calipers to enhance stopping power and pedal feel and adds a new Hill Start Assist feature.
While the 420-horsepower/4.7-liter V8 and standard six-speed manual transmission carry over unchanged, the 2013 remake brooms the existing optional six-speed Sportshift automatic in favor of the seven-speed Sportshift II that previously was only available on the Vantage S. The extra cog, plus a narrower ratio spread, revised final-drive and improved shift quality are expected to give both the Vantage V8 Coupe and Roadster a slight bump in acceleration and a sportier driving experience.
No word yet on exactly when we can expect the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster to arrive here in the U.S. Pricing for the cars also has not yet been released.