Having debuted the 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage changes for 2012 in February, Aston Martin has now captured the new V8 Vantage on video in Paris.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage promised so much when it first arrived that we couldn’t help being just a little bit disappointed in the new, smaller Aston designed to beat the 911 at its own game.
It looked glorious – a given with any Aston Martin – and it sounded wonderful, especially when you gave it its head, but it just didn’t go as well as expected. It wasn’t slow, but it didn’t set the senses tingling.
That all improved with the 4.7 litre V8 which finally gave the baby Aston something approaching the kind of fizz we’d hoped for and now, with the 2012 V8 Vantage Aston, Martin has managed to give the V8 some minor tweaks to make it look more purposeful. Actually, they’ve made it look more like the Vantage S – which works.
In come new bumpers front and back with an air splitter up front and a new diffuser at the back and a more butch set of sills. There’s also bigger brakes and wider tyres, the new seven-spped SportShift II, quicker steering and hill start if you need it.
Not massive tweaks but probably enough to keep the V8 Vantage selling. And it gives us the excuse to run the video of the new V8 Vantage Aston Martin has cobbled together in Paris.
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New 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Video