2011 Aston Martin V8 Review

Aston Martin Vantage series is a new era, Aston Martin V8 Vantage S characterized by a series of new driver focused features, all designed to push the dynamics of the standard ground Vantage is the new benchmark level.

Aston Martin own 4.7-liter V8 has been designed to deliver a maximum power of 430 hp (436 hp / 321 kW) at 7300 rpm and peak torque of 490 Nm (361 lb.-ft.) at 5000 rpm and is coupled with a new ground up development of sport shift transmission II ™ designed specifically for Aston Martin V8 Vantage S with seven short gearing to provide the driver involvement as engaging and intense.

"The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S embodies all the characteristics of the V8 Vantage and the pilot pushes beyond what was offered before," said Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, "that combines the joy of life dynamics with the charm of delicate beauty, and convenience previously associated with the Vantage range. "

Revisions to the dynamic center of Vantage S, with a ratio steering accelerated compared to 3:01 p.m. 5:01 p.m. on the standard car and a larger diameter front brake discs with six-piston calipers new front brake. New springs and shock absorbers and wider rear wheels also contribute to the revision of the chassis. A new Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) all specifically tuned Aston Martin V8 Vantage S with a new brake module provides functions such as Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) that provide assistance in situations of emergency braking, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Tailor have been developed by Bridgestone tires to maximize traction improve the dynamic sensation.

At the heart of Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a new seven-speed S Sportshift ™ II automated manual transmission, offered as standard and offers very fast gear changes, twenty percent faster than the Sportshift ™. Accessories to allow a shorter well-spaced ratios using the optimum torque, which, combined with shorter final drive ratio is 4.182:1 provides faster acceleration and better sporting sensation. Inherent advantages of the single clutch system reduces the complexity and considerable weight on the solution to double clutch. Sportshift ™ II allows the driver to take greater control of the level, you want to change the gear shift throttle. In addition, the features of Vantage button 'Sport' S for fast gear changes, throttle response and gives the driver more aggressive at the same time to open the exhaust bypass valve for almost the entire rev range and describe perfectly the S-variant.

Like all Aston Martin, Aston Martin V8 Vantage S to support its unique sound with a new exhaust pipe and muffler bypass valve map, which creates a very visible and very vocal exhaust note.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is instantly recognizable as a real Aston Martin, which is characterized by an attitude decided to pass on his agility and performance. From the front, a new front bumper will be completed in less than perfectly aligned carbon house a larger air intake on the power of the engine and front brakes. Splitter, combined with its large deck lid "flip" to work in harmony to offer a faster downward force. The new 19-inch V-spoke design styles are standard, while optional 10-spoke lightweight forged wheel option, continue to reduce unsprung weight. The new rear bumper and side skirts visually expand the car half.

Bridging the gap between road cars and racing cars, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is strongly influenced by the Vantage GT4 Race Car 2011. The GT4 Vantage takes advantage of the aluminum bonded immensely rigid, providing the ideal platform for a race car. Minor changes to the safety of the races, including a roll cage, FIA approved fuel tank and the "sack" race, as well as weight-saving measures are performed in the normal road car to make it a career Car class winner. In 2010, he won his class at the 24 Hours of Dubai after the endurance race with victories in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, Silverstone 24 Hours and 24 Hours of Spa. He also won his first major international championship victory in the GT4 European Cup.


The reasoning behind the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S was to push the boundaries of the V8 Vantage and consecrated with the highest level of driver involvement as possible. Aston Martin engineers made improvements in almost all the dynamic elements of the car to create a very special experience to drive.

"With every new model that will continue to evolve and improve our VH architecture," says Aston Martin, Director of Product Development, Ian Minards. "The design team at Gaydon I looked at all the performance characteristics of the V8 Vantage, the machine and the supply of suspension, steering, brakes and tires, and I wondered what was necessary to make this car deserves the coveted" "S-Mark . The result is a clean driver package that targeted both the coupe and roadster form, and emphasizes the advantage of sporting iconic Vantage ".

The 4.7-liter V8 engine has been modified to provide a maximum power of 430 hp (436 hp / 321 kW) at 7200 rpm and maximum torque of 490 Nm (361 lb.-ft.) at 5000 rpm, an increase of 10 hp and 20 Nm respectively, and can be delivered to a full black engine. The increase was achieved through a system of air intake valve and an aggressive strategy of sparks. The system of intake valve opens above 3500 rpm to allow more air to flow into the engine, which helps optimize the performance exactly the right part of the torque curve. Aggressive strategy of using a sophisticated electronic ignition to ignite the fuel in the engine as well as the law allows it to function at its best. It can also recognize and extract octane optimum performance of the higher rating.

The power and torque in the S Aston Martin V8 Vantage is delivered to the engine speeds used in the middle, creating docile great acceleration and effortless. Most of the demand for power and torque in the midrange that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is S, which delivers more torque at 5000 rpm.

Sportshift ™ II is an automated manual transmission with a new seven-speed Graziano transmission is placed in the rear of the Aston Martin Vantage S on deck to help close a 49:51 weight balance. The system has a unique manual clutch coupled with electronic switching devices to change the relationship and was designed from scratch exclusively for Aston Martin V8 Vantage Aston Martin S. specifically chosen to develop the system SPORTSHIFTTM due to its inherent advantages, including savings mass sport, low complexity of moving parts and tangible changes in the actual speed. This contributes, along with other parts of the weight savings, a reduction in total vehicle weight of 30 kg.

The electro-hydraulic controls are operated by two paddles on the steering wheel column magnesium allows the driver to scroll up or down. Faster than a traditional manual system, and at least 50 kg lighter than the dual-clutch Sportshift ™ II offers the inherent advantages of being able to drive in automatic mode and move it manually. Sportshift ™ II is 24 kg lighter than the Sportshift ™ appears in the standard Vantage.

Sportshift ™ II offers seven reasons why the first six-speed that feels closer to enjoy the engine's torque characteristics, increasing the sense of acceleration and gives the driver more control. The seventh speed is offering a more a quieter, more refined cruiser team stretches of highway and also offers greater fuel economy.

The driver's interface with SPORTSHIFT II is as simple as possible to allow the driver to concentrate on the road. Two pallets of magnesium allow a site or a change to low gear. The controls are mounted on the column so the driver can always be found easily, regardless of the position of the steering wheel is in.

And to select gears manually with paddles on the steering wheel, the driver is also able to select "D" on the front panel to activate the automatic mode that works like a traditional automatic transmission changes at exactly the right time, making it easy to work with urban, traffic and highway driving.

The new seven-speed automated manual is standard fit on the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S to the sporty character of the car. Aston Martin has chosen not to offer an optional manual transmission due to expected high demand sports Shift II ™.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S 'athleticism really comes in its class, when the "Sport" is depressed on the dashboard to give the driver the fastest gear changes as well as manual and automatic (a decrease of 60 msec), and prevents the car turns into next gear when the revolution limit is reached. By default, the "normal" offers the most advanced, gas is more suitable for everyday situations, such as driving in urban areas, traffic or weather conditions. Clicking mode 'Sport' provides sharper throttle with a sports exhaust note. This mode is designed for use in dynamic driving situations, sharper responses are necessary to extract the maximum performance out of the car.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage weighs 1610 kg S (cut), 30 kg lighter than the standard Vantage due to optimization of the weight of the new transmission Sportshift ™ II and the use of carbon fiber. Cooled by air instead of oil cooling, Sportshift ™ System II is used by removing the oil pump and associated auxiliary save 24 kg during the traditional six Sportshift ™ speeds.

Like all the benefits of Aston Martin Vantage S of almost perfect weight balance from beginning to end at 49:51 because the location of the gearbox on the deck that contribute to the excellent dynamics.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S remains practically every day of sports car with a 300 liter boot tailgate opens as a practical coupe, but the Roadster has automatically retracting the fabric roof, which can be used for up to 30 km / h.

The S variant features a unique muffler adapted specifically for the hearing scheduled for their sport. A revised map of the bypass valves open earlier in the rev range at 3500 rpm and even before in the "Sport" mode produces more cracks in excess.


Aston Martin V8 Vantage S bridges the gap between the Vantage V8 Vantage GT4 and drag racing cars offered by Aston Martin Racing. Standard components of the Vantage platform perfectly suited to competition and produce an adaptation of auto racing, only minor modifications. 2010 was the year's most successful point of reference for the Vantage GT4 competition in the car: he won his class in Dubai within 24 hours endurance race is followed by further wins the 24 Hours Nürburgring, Silverstone 24 hours Spa 24 hours. However, the car was the first major international championship in the GT4 European Cup race winner rhesus What year was the culmination of a great machine. In 2011, Vantage GT4 has been updated to take advantage of the more aerodynamic body V12 Vantage and V8 Vantage S 'styling products.

With knowledge of the track filtering in Aston Martin cars and the road easy to drive filtering field, the advantages Aston Martin V8 Vantage S to have sharpened its handling by competent engineers and talented brand.

Steering rack was modified with a ratio of 3:01 p.m. 5:01 p.m. from the Vantage lower standard steering wheel lock to lock ranges from 3.04 to 2.62. This results in greater accuracy and improved agility, responsiveness and handling of fluids, and allows the driver to feel a closer connection with the car - it offers a more engaging driving and energetic.

An enhanced braking system plays a central role in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S 'momentum with a new disc of larger diameter front brake, 380 mm by 355 mm compared to the V8 Vantage, six-piston front calipers and a new generation of brake control module.

Front brakes are race-inspired design floating plate. The tiles are made of two materials: cast iron and aluminum, cast iron is bolted through the Polish system of floating aluminum bell. The technology allows the dynamic benefits of reduced unsprung weight of the brake, which is lighter than normal cast iron brake, is a better heat resistance, improved cooling and produces a more consistent pedal feel. While faced with larger diameter discs, the weight of each disk has decreased 0.4 kg. Vantage S is also a new brake pedal as a booster to reduce the effort and travel.

The system includes a new brake module offers discreet interventions and provides more enhanced features to existing features such as ABS, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), electronic brake distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TC) and Control Positive Torque (PTC) and the new hydraulic brake assist (HBA), which provides assistance in emergency braking situations. Hydraulic Brake Assist function identifies when the driver requires maximum braking performance, the speed at which you press the brake pedal and automatically increases brake pressure to the ABS control limit during the time that the driver maintains brake pedal pressed. As a result, braking distances can be reduced considerably.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system has been specially designed S Aston Martin V8 Vantage sports with emphasis on its properties. The three-stage DSC system allows the driver to adjust the level of electronic intervention, depending on the type of driving. By default, the system is set to "on" to limit any slippage of the tire in difficult conditions, and to provide the safest possible without the intrusive. Holding down the DSC button four seconds to take the "Track", which slows down the e-intervention, continue to create a safe experience even more pure. Press the button for five seconds, but the system breaks down completely.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S sees the first introduction of Hill Start Assist (HSA) feature of Aston Martin. If the driver brakes the car to stop in the gradient, Hill Start Assist is to hold the camera steady for up to two seconds, in order to facilitate pull-out, as the driver to move your foot from the brake pedal. HSAs are perfect for an automated manual gearbox.

Suspension systems of the variant of the 'S' is re-tuned to the more targeted nature of the driver's car. Coupe features a modified rear coil spring rates and two body styles are the need to be a passive valve shock absorber stops and revised rates and lengths. This will lead to improved traction and stability with wheels to maintain better contact with the ground.

Aston Martin's engineers worked closely with Bridgestone during the development program to create a tailor-made tires that have been optimized for Aston Martin V8 Vantage RE050 S. Bridgestone Potenza is 10 mm wider front and rear of the standard Vantage to ensure the highest levels of grip.


The Vantage has become one of the most beautiful cars, Aston Martin pronounced, elegant, aggressively controlled and perfectly proportioned with a little attitude reflected. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S operates the beauty of the Vantage and it merges with tight design elements of the V12 Vantage, suggesting the potential of the car increased performance.

Aston Martin Design Director, Marek Reichman, said: "We sent the V8 Vantage is the gym to give a" "result S sharper and more toned muscularity of form.

"And 'the aesthetics of the perfect machine that supports the functionality and aerodynamics, to transmit its concentrated nature. The car is in tension while the inside remains a beautifully crafted to convey the emotion Aston Martin V8 Vantage S from within. "

Style Aston Martin V8 Vantage S largely follows the form to provide a format that takes into account the variation of performance needs additional "S". From the front, creates hand in front splitter Carbon fiber ground hugging an allusion to the attitude agility while providing an increased area to allow the engine and brakes with more air. The splitter works in conjunction with 'flip' the lid of the trunk more pronounced to generate increased support at high speed. On the other hand, the wider profile, the lower edge, which is derived from the GT4 race car program to help reduce rear lift, thus improving high speed stability by preventing the air flowing along the side of the car from underneath the car wasted.

The rear bumper has shown a strong attitude, and behind the car's proportions. It is a coupe, the cover of the bridge includes a powerful "flip", which promotes stability at high speeds, reducing rear lift.

The rear bumper features a diffuser in carbon fiber by hand using the air flow coming out from under the car to maintain a low pressure area at the rear of the car, which helps reduce lift and increases stability at high speeds.

The new 19-inch wheels are unique to Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, and have a "V"-spoke diamond turned toward the finish line will continue to offer a clear difference between the standard car. Optional forged aluminum wheel is available to save pounds per wheel of unsprung weight for improved comfort and handling.

Complimenting tight inner Vantage exterior, it is suitable S suggests dynamic capabilities of the car, defined by a technicality in three important ways in the doors and seats. A new design leather folded along the number of new-made reflects the gills of a shark suggest power and flexibility of Vantage S.

Carbon fiber and Kevlar ® composite pet seats Optional driver support for the rest of the spirits drunk driving comfort on long journeys. Saving 17 kg per car seats, manufactured by a supplier of motor racing and the aerospace industry has been cut by the craftsmen and women in the factory in Gaydon production.

Customers are able to specify a complete obsidian black leather or Alcantara steering wheel of a contrasting color (leather only) or nails to match. Unique to the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is the ability to specify the option Piano Black Interior Pack which includes a piano black instrument panel, center console and the back door and grab handles.

Both Vantage Coupe and Roadster S are handmade in Aston Martin's global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire next to the V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage. Every Aston Martin V8 Vantage S supports up to 185 hours to build, including 50 hours to paint men and 70 hours of work for the hand-filling. Each car undergoes a meticulous attention to detail, not only in the construction phase, but the quality control and delivery processes as well.
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