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May 23, 2008

UK: Aston Martin updates popular V8 Vantage

The former Ford-owned, UK-based, handbuilt sports car specialist Aston Martin, now in the hands of private investors, has updated its V8 Vantage coupe and convertible linem originally launched at the 2005 Geneva motor show in 2005.

The former Ford-owned, UK-based, handbuilt sports car specialist Aston Martin, now in the hands of private investors, has updated its V8 Vantage coupe and convertible linem originally launched at the 2005 Geneva motor show in 2005.

The changes are mostly “technical” and which include a new, larger 4.7 litre engine, revised dynamics to take full advantage of increased power and torque availability, improved ‘Sportshift’ (automated manual) transmission software and a new sports suspension option.

The latest 4.7 litre V8 engine develops 11% more power at 420bhp while peak torque is up 15% to 470Nm, The 0-60mph time is now 4.7 seconds and top speed 180mph (288km/h). Combined ‘official’ European cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also improved by 13% with the updated Sportshift gearbox.

Interior changes include a new centre console and revised switchgear and the introduction of an ECU  instead of an ignition key.

The line also features a variety of new standard and optional 19’’ alloy wheels.

Aston Martin chief executive officer Ulrich Bez said: “With the new 4.7 litre engine and associated changes we have taken the V8 Vantage to new levels of performance to produce an even more desirable sports car.

“The V8 Vantage is now the most successful [model] in our history and we are confident these changes will continue its appeal and driving enjoyment for both new and existing customers.”

Deliveries commence in the third quarter of 2008.

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