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2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage emerges with a slew of improvements

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Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Europe, Aston Martin, Luxury

It is hard to believe, but the gorgeous Aston Martin V8 Vantage is pushing seven years on the market. In that time, the British automaker has worked hard to keep its sporty coupe relevant and current. Along those lines, and in a move expected to be embraced by enthusiasts worldwide, the 2012 model is on the receiving end of yet another comprehensive update (its last was in 2008).

While the naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V8 (pumping out 420 horsepower) and six-speed manual gearbox remain unchanged, the optional automatic transmission has been upgraded from last year's six-speed Sportshift to a seven-speed Sportshift II sequential transmission. While it still remains a single-clutch unit (while the rest of the industry is migrating towards dual-clutch), it will deliver smoother and quicker performance when compared to its predecessor.

Other tweaks include a quickened steering rack and beefier brakes (now configured with Hill Start Assist). Lastly, the front fascia has been resculpted to improve and optimize airflow to the brakes and radiator - and to make it easier to differentiate from its siblings. Check out the press release below. The first gallery is live from the Geneva Motor Show floor, and we have also posted a few official images from Aston Martin.Continue reading 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage emerges with a slew of improvements

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