Having made its debut in Euro form last March in Geneva, the smartly updated 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage has now been confirmed in its North American guise. While most of the changes announced earlier carry over, Aston Martin has released a full dossier on our versions of the 2013 V8 Vantage Coupe and V8 Vantage Roadster models that shows a couple of variations on the theme for American and Canadian variants including a far more generous list of standard features as well as a decrease in sticker price.
As seen in Geneva, the 2013 redo brings new motorsport-influenced cosmetics to both of these elegant sports machines highlighted by front and rear fascia revamps inspired by the more aggressive looks of the Vantage S and V12 Vantage models complemented by even more dramatically sculpted side sills. Suspension tuning carries over from the current V8 Vantage lines, but the 2013 Coupe and Roadster will arrive with a quicker (15:1 vs 17:1) ratio power steering system cribbed from the Vantage S as well as wider Bridgestone Potenza RE050 performance tires, a pairing that promises to quicken responses and enhance grip in the corners. Stopping power also gets a bump from larger front brake rotors and new 6-piston calipers while a new Hill Start Assist feature adds convenience.
Aston Martin left the 4.7-liter/420-horsepower V8 engine as well as the standard 6-speed manual transmission unchanged. However, the automatic cog changer in the V8 Vantage has been upgraded from the current 6-speed Sportshift to a new 7-speed Sportshift II that also was first seen on the Vantage S. With its closer ratio set and lower final drive, this new automatic will deliver even quicker, more precise shifts and is expected to marginally improve acceleration on both V8 Vantage models.
Key differences between the North American-market Aston Martin V8 Vantage duo and their world counterparts lie primarily in the area of standard features. Here, that formidable roster includes a fully integrated satellite navigation system developed in conjunction with Garmin, satellite radio, front/rear parking sensors, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity and a remote garage door opener -- all of which are optional elsewhere. In addition to lengthening the standards list, Aston Martin also dropped the price on each of these revamped entry-level models by $2,000-$3,000. Available for order now, the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe starts at $118,370 while the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster opens at $132,870.