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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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Aston Martin has improved on its V8 Vantage range with a number of performance upgrades and a subtle new look … enter the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S – available as a hatchback Coupe and a convertible Roadster.  A new benchmark in design and technological developments is set as the V8 Vantage S packs a powerful punch of motoring advancements and desirable features.  Upgrades, to mention a few, include a more aggressive lower front fascia and a new functional diffuser at the rear, a quickened steering rack, larger diameter front brake discs and the improved Sportshift™ II function which features seven gear ratios.

If you're looking at buying a vehiclelike this, the V8 Vantage S is instantly recognisable by its low purposeful stance which just screams agility and performance.  From the front, the hand-laid carbon fibre splitter has an increased area to provide the engine and brakes with more air. The splitter works in conjunction with the more pronounced rear deck lid 'flip' to create increased down force at speed. From the side, the wider profile sills contribute to reduced rear lift by preventing the air which flows along the side of the car from spilling underneath the car.  The new 19-inch standard wheels are unique to the V8 Vantage S and feature a 'V' spoke design with a diamond turned finish.  In the Roadster version an automatically retracting fabric hood can still be operated at up to 30km/h. 

As one would expect of the brand, even the smallest Aston Martin comes luxuriously equipped.  A new folded leather design runs along a tailored three-track stitch detail on the inside doors and on the seats.   Unique to the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is the choice to specify the Piano Black Interior Pack option which includes a Piano Black facia, centre console and surround door grabs and handles. The upholstered interior is customisable and in this regard, the pricing variable, however just the standard features of the Aston Martin range will outdo most cars for sale in South Africa.

The V8 Vantage S has a 4.7 litre V8 engine which delivers 309kW/490 Nm  with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.7 seconds. Maximum speed 305km/h.  The all new Sportshift II automated manual transmission has been specifically designed for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S and is twenty percent quicker than previous Vantage model's original Sportshift .  Sportshift II features seven gear ratios allowing the first six gears to sit closer together taking advantage of the engine's torque characteristic; this enhances the acceleration feel and gives the driver increased control.  V8 Vantage S is the first Aston Martin to feature a Hill Start Assist function.  This allows a smooth pull-away when the driver transfers foot from brake to accelerator on a hill as the car is held stationary for up to two seconds.

The V8 Vantage S has a new steering rack which has been modified allowing greater precision and improved handling. There is an upgraded braking system with a larger diameter front brake disk with six piston front calipers and a new generation brake control module. Buy a vehicle like this and you can expect all the up-to-date safety specifications like ABS, Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Traction Control, Positive Torque Control as well as the new Hydraulic Brake Assist, which all provide assistance in emergency braking situations.

Beautiful, fast and engaging, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Sdelivers style and sports car driving thrills in a very desirable package.  Makes you want to rush out and sell your vehicleand whatever else you need to raise up the Moola in order to own one!  A V8 Vantage S Roadster will set you back a cool 1.6 million Rands while the V8 Vantage S Coupe starts from 1.9 million Rands.  All prices are based on 'Price On Application' and subject to exchange rates and import duties.

Written by Sean Nurse
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