Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster Review

The Aston Martin Vantage series comes of age with the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is characterized by a host of new driver-focused features all designed to push the sharp dynamic of the Vantage a standard reference level new.

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 gear ratios 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. "

Dynamic changes are essential for Vantage S, which accelerates the steering rack ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:01 car series and a larger front brake disc diameter with six-piston front calipers new brake. New springs and dampers, the rear wheels and also contribute to a wider version of the platform. A new Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system is especially designed Aston Martin V8 Vantage S together with a new module offers features such as brake Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), which provides assistance in emergency braking situations, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Tailor-made Bridgestone tires has been developed to optimize the grip to improve the dynamic sensation.

At the heart of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the new seven-speed S Sportshift ™ II automated manual transmission, available in standard and offers extremely fast gear changes, twenty percent faster than Sportshift ™. Additional equipment allows shorter, well-spaced reasons to take advantage of optimum torque, which, combined with a shorter final drive ratio 4.182:1 provides quicker acceleration and an increase in a sports car. The advantages inherent in a clutch system only reduces the complexity and the heavy weight of a solution of double clutch. Sportshift ™ II allows the driver to have a greater level of control, to modulate the throttle to achieve the desired type of change. In addition, the Vantage has a S 'Sport' button that speeds up gear changes and throttle response gives the driver more aggressive while opening the exhaust bypass valves in most of the range of engine speed fully characterize the variation of the "S".

As with all Aston Martin, Aston Martin V8 Vantage benefits from S's own unique sound with a new muffler and bypass valve short, creating a very distinctive exhaust note and very vocal.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is instantly recognizable as a real Aston Martin, which is characterized by its resolutely spread its agility and performance. Forward, finished with a lower front bumper perfectly aligned carbon new houses a large air intakes feeding the engine and front brakes. The separator combined with 'flip' the trunk lid extended work in harmony to create more downforce at high speeds. New 19-inch rim styles 'V' are standard, while optional 10-spoke lightweight forged wheels option, reduces the unsprung weight further. A new rear bumper and side panels extend optical drive.

Bridging the gap between road cars and racing cars, Aston Martin V8 Vantage strongly influenced by the S 2011 Vantage GT4 race car. Vantage GT4 exploit the huge rigid frame made of aluminum panels, which provides an ideal platform for racing cars. Minor changes to the safety of racing, FIA approved roll cage and run with the "sack" the fuel tank and weight-saving measures are the standard way to convert your car in its class to win a race car. In 2010, he won his class in Dubai within 24 hours endurance race is followed by further wins the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, Silverstone and Spa 24 hours in 24 hours. He also won his first major international championship in the GT4 European Cup wins.


The reasoning behind the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S was to push the boundaries of the already critically acclaimed V8 Vantage with the highest levels of driver involvement as possible. Aston Martin engineers have started to improve almost every dynamic element of the car to create a highly distinctive driving experience.

"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 ".

Engine 4.7-liter V8 has been modified to provide a peak performance of 430 horsepower (436 hp / 321 kW) at 7200 rpm and maximum torque of 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) 5000 rpm for an increase of 10 horses and 20 Nm, and is signified by a black engine plenum. Growth was achieved in the system of air intake valve and a spark of an aggressive strategy. The air inlet valve of the system is opened more than 3500 rpm to give more air into the engine, which optimizes the performance just the right part of the torque curve. An aggressive strategy to use the advanced electronic spark igniting the fuel in the engine at the right time, allowing it to perform its most intense. It can also recognize a higher octane fuel and extract the evaluation of the performance increased.

Power and torque delivery Aston Martin V8 Vantage S delivered the most widely used mid-range speeds that will create the adaptive acceleration and effortless. Demand maximum power and torque is the average level, which is an Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is then the maximum torque is 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.

Electro-hydraulic vane steering wheel is turned by two magnesium allow the driver to move up or down. Faster than the traditional manual system, and at least 50 kg lighter than the dual-clutch system, Sportshift ™ II offers advantages that can be driven in automatic and manual transmission. Sportshift ™ II is 24 kg lighter than the standard display Sportshift 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.

SPORTSHIFTTM driver interaction 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.

In addition to select gears manually with paddles on the wheel, the driver is also able to select the "D" on the dashboard to activate the automatic mode that acts like a traditional automatic transmission just in time facilitate the work of urban traffic and highway driving.

The new seven-speed automated manual is standard on the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is perfectly joining the car's sporty character. Aston Martin has decided not to offer a manual transmission option, due to the high demand expected Sportshift ™ 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.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S weighs 1610 kg (Coupe), 30 kg lighter than the standard Vantage for weight optimization of a new Sportshift ™ II, the transfer and use of carbon fiber. Air-cooled, oil cooled, Sportshift ™ II for the use of the system by removing the oil pump and related items to save 24 kg more than the traditional six-speed Sportshift ™.

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.

The S Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a practical everyday sports car with a group of 300 liters with opening rear door for convenient cutting path, while the Roadster has an automatic retractable fabric roof that can be used up to 30 km / h .

The S variant has a single exhaust system specially designed acoustically identify the purpose of sport. A revised map will open the bypass valve of the past 3500 rpm speed range, and even before, "Sport mode offers more rattling has been exceeded.


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 winner rhesus Racing 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.

The steering rack has been modified with a ratio of 15:01 to 17:01 in the standard Vantage to reduce the number of turns lock to lock from 3.04 to 2.62. This results in greater accuracy and greater agility, responsiveness and smooth operation, and allows the driver to feel a closer connection with the car - provides a more attractive and energetic.

Improved braking system has a central role in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S "dynamic, with a new larger brake disc diameter front, 380 mm compared with 355 in the Vantage V8, six-piston front calipers and a new generation of brake control module.

The front brakes are a disc inspired by the racing floating design. The discs are made of two materials: cast iron and cast aluminum is bolted through a duck floating on the aluminum hood. The technology offers advantages in dynamic ways to reduce unsprung weight with a brake that is lighter than cast iron brake standard, has better thermal stability, improved cooling and produces a more consistent pedal feel. Despite the difficult before it is larger diameter, the weight of each disk is reduced by 0.4 kg. S Vantage effort also has "extra" a new brake pedal and reduce 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) has been set specifically for Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, with a focus on its sporting qualities. A three-stage DSC system allows the driver to adjust the level of intervention in accordance with the electronic type of conduct. In standard mode, the system is set to "on", which limits tire slippage in difficult conditions, and gives the maximum security possible without being intrusive. Hold the button for four seconds will initiate DSC mode "Track" electronic interference that slows down further, to create a safe experience even more pure. Press the extra five seconds to disarm 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" have been re-listening to nature more focused on the driver. The coupe has a revision rate rear springs and two body styles have been adjusted passive gate valves and stop suddenly revised rates and lengths. This translates into a higher level of traction and stability with wheels to maintain better contact with the ground.

Aston Martin engineers worked closely with Bridgestone during the development program to create custom ring, which is optimized for Aston Martin V8 Vantage, S. RE050s Bridgestone Potenza front and rear are 10 mm wider than the standard Vantage to ensure the highest level of grip.


Vantage has established itself as one of the most beautiful cars in the world, Aston Martin style typically controlled aggression and the perfect proportion with a small amount of conscious attitude. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Vantage S active blends the beauty and the evidence suggests that the design stretched the car's performance V12 Vantage.

Aston Martin Design Director, Marek Reichman, said: "We sent the V8 Vantage to the gym to give the" S "more definition and muscle resulting in a more toned.

"This is the perfect machine with an aesthetic that is created from the functionality and aerodynamics to disseminate its targeted nature. The whole car is in tension while the interior is nicely convey the excitement scale of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S from the inside. "

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S "style largely in the form of supply model, which serves the needs of others" "performance variant of S. Front hand-laid carbon fiber front splitter creates a ground-hugging position suggests agility, but also provides a larger area to give the engine and brakes with more air. The machine operates with a high rear deck lid "flip" to create up-down power of speed. Side profile of a wider sills, which are derived the program GT4 race car, it helps to reduce rear lift, and therefore greater stability at high speeds, preventing the air, which flows along the side of the car to be paid on the car.

The rear bumper accentuates the powerful stance and proportions rear of the car. In tourism, the tailgate features more pronounced a 'pull' that contributes to high-speed stability by reducing rear lift.

The rear bumper has a diffuser in carbon fiber by hand helps the air flow out the bottom of the car to keep the area of ​​low pressure in the rear, which helps to reduce lift and improve stability high speed.

The new standard 19-inch wheels are unique in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and S have a "V" spoke design with diamond finish provides a clearer distinction in the car series. A forged aluminum wheel is optional saving of one pound per wheel of unsprung weight for improved rear comfort and handling.

In addition to the external voltage, measured Vantage S 'councils within the car's dynamic capabilities, defined by a detail in three separate ways on the inside of the doors and seats. A new double-stitched leather design along the new tracks echo of a shark gills, referring to the power and agility of the S. Vantage

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 sport and aerospace industry has been cut by the craftsmen and women in the factory in Gaydon production.

Customers can specify up to obsidian black leather and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel as opposed to the point (leather only) or overlapping. Unique in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the option to specify option S Pack Piano Black Interior, which includes a piano black instrument panel, center console and door frame grabs and grips.

Both the Vantage Coupe and Roadster S are handmade in the Aston Martin's global headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire with the V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage. Each S Aston Martin V8 Vantage has over 185 man-hours to build, including 50 hours of painting and 70 hours to hand in the setting. Each vehicle 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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