2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Gets a Refresh

Aston Martin is giving the V8 Vantage a facelift for the 2012 model year. The updated 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage will officially debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with more power and updates borrowed from the Vantage S.

The V8 Vantage gets some updates that were first seen on the Vantage S, like quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tires. A new steering column installation, re-valved power steering and a quicker steering ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1 gives more feedback and agility. The braking system has also been upgraded with new 380 mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston calipers. A Hill Start Assist system has also been added.

The 4.7L V8 still comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but now there’s an optional seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission. The base V8 Vantage packs 420 horsepower, while the Vantage S features 430 horsepower.

On the outside the 2012 V8 Vantage gets styling updates from the Vantage S and the limited-edition N400, which includes a revised front bumper with a splitter and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser.

For buyers that want even more power, the 510-horsepower Aston Martin V12 Vantage is unchanged for 2012.