2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S - Geneva Auto Show

Presenting a more driver-focused version of its "entry level" performance tourer, the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage S bowed in at Geneva packing even more excitement in a sleeker-looking package. A replacement for the outgoing "N420" variant, Aston's new V8 Vantage S is available in both coupe and roadster body configurations. It boasts more aggressive styling cues from its V12 Vantage sibling, including bolder front/rear fascia treatments, more pronounced side sills and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in custom Bridgestone Potenza RE050 performance rubber.

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Under that flowing hood, the 4.7-liter V8 "S" engine has been tweaked to make 430 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque, gains of 10 and 14 units, respectively while the six-speed automatic transmission has been replaced by a new and bespoke seven-speed Touchmatic II cog changer that features an even closer-ratio gear spread. Teamed with a lower rear-differential ratio, it promises to hustle the V8 Vantage S from 0-60 mph in well under 5.0 seconds/ The V8 Vantage S also adds a new "Sport" button that quickens shifts, sharpens throttle response and opens bypass valves in the exhaust system to deliver a throatier sound at speed.

To properly rebalance its dynamic equation, the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage S gets a full chassis revamp with stiffer springs/shocks, quicker steering, a new dynamic stability control system and bigger, more capable antilock brakes that incorporate Hill Start Assist circuitry. Pricing will start at just under $140,000 for the Coupe and just over $152,600 for the Convertible.

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