The new Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Paddle Shifter

·         The driver-focused V8 Vantage featuring enhanced dynamics

·         Increase in power and torque to 430 bhp and 490 Nm

·         New ground-up developed seven speed Sportshift™ II transmission

·         Dramatic V12 Vantage-inspired looks available as coupe and Roadster

·         Compelling package of agility, balance, engagement and everyday practicality

Gaydon, 25 January 2011. The Aston Martin Vantage range comes of age with the new V8 Vantage S characterized by a host of new driver-focused features all designed to push the honed dynamics of the standard Vantage to a new benchmark level.

Aston Martin’s own 4.7 liter V8 engine has been engineered to deliver peak power of 430 bhp (436 PS / 321 kW) at 7300 rpm and torque of 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) at 5000 rpm and is coupled with a new ground-up developed Sportshift™ II transmission specifically designed for the Vantage S with seven short ratio gears to deliver the most engaging and intense driver involvement.

“The Vantage S epitomizes every attribute of the V8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before,” says Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, “It combines dynamic exhilaration with all the charming finesse, beauty and practicality already associated with the Vantage range.”

Dynamic revisions are central to the Vantage S, with a quickened steering rack ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1 on the standard car and a larger diameter front brake disc with new six-piston front brake calipers. New springs and dampers, and wider rear wheels also contribute to chassis revisions. A new dynamic stability control (DSC) system specifically tuned to the Vantage S along with a new brake module providing features such as Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) which provides assistance in emergency braking situations, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Bespoke tires have been developed with Bridgestone to optimize road holding enhancing dynamic feel.

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Sportshift™ II  Paddle Shifter

At the core of the Vantage S is the new seven speed Sportshift™ II automated manual transmission, offered as standard and delivers exceedingly rapid gear changes, twenty per cent quicker than Sportshift™. The extra gear permits shorter well-spaced ratios taking advantage of the optimum torque, which combined with a shorter final drive ratio of 4.182:1 delivers quicker acceleration and an enhanced sporting feel. The inherent benefits of a single clutch system reduces complexity and significant weight over a dual clutch solution. Sportshift™ II allows the driver to take an increased level of control, modulating the throttle pedal to achieve the desired type of gear change. In addition, the Vantage S features a ‘Sport’ button which quickens the gear changes and gives the driver a more aggressive throttle response while also opening the exhaust bypass valves across most of the engine speed range perfectly characterizing the ‘S’ variant.

As with every Aston Martin, the Vantage S benefits from its own unique sound with a new exhaust muffler and bypass valve map, creating a very distinctive and highly vocal exhaust note.

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S 19" V-Spoke Wheel

The Vantage S is instantly recognizable as a true Aston Martin, characterized by its purposeful stance conveying its agility and performance capability. From the front, a new lower front bumper finished in perfectly-aligned carbon fiber houses a larger air intake feeding the engine and front brakes. The splitter combined with the extended deck lid ‘flip’ work in harmony to provide increased down force at speed. New 19 inch ‘V’ spoke wheel styles are available as standard, while an optional 10-spoke lightweight forged wheel option, reduces unsprung mass further. A new rear bumper and side sills optically widen the car.

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Rear Bumper and Exhaust Close Up

Bridging the gap between road car and race car, the Vantage S is heavily influenced by the 2011 Vantage GT4 race car. The GT4 takes advantage of the Vantage’s immensely rigid bonded aluminum chassis, providing the ideal platform for a race car. Minor racing safety modifications including an FIA approved roll cage and racing ‘bag’ petrol tank along with weight saving measures are made to the standard road car to convert it into a class winning race car. In 2010, it won its class at the Dubai 24 Hours following this up with further endurance race wins at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Silverstone 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours. It also won its first major international championship victory in the European GT4 Cup.

The Vantage S is available to order now from Aston Martin’s global dealership network.



  • Two-seat, two-door coupe or soft-cover convertible top body style 
  • Extruded bonded aluminum VH body structure 
  • Aluminum, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body
  • Extruded aluminum door side-impact beams
  • Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)
  • High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam)
  • LED rear lamps
  • Clear rear lamps
  • Carbon fiber front splitter and rear diffuser


  • All-alloy quad overhead camshaft, 32-valve 4735 cc V8
  • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalyzed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
  • Compression ratio 11.3:1
  • Maximum Power 321 kW (430 bhp / 436 PS) at 7300 rpm
  • Maximum Torque 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) at 5000 rpm
  • Acceleration 0-60 mph tbc; 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) tbc
  • Maximum Speed 189 mph (305 km/h)


  • Rear mid-mounted ‘Sportshift II’ 7-speed single clutch automated manual transmission
  • Alloy torque tube with carbon fiber propeller shaft
  • Limited slip differential
  • Final Drive Ratio 4.182:1  


  • Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 2.6 turns lock-to-lock
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment.

Wheels & tires

  • 19” V-Spoke cast alloy silver painted wheels with diamond turned finish
  • Front 8.5J x 19” Bridgestone Potenza RE050 245/40 R19
  • Rear 10.0J x 19” Bridgestone Potenza RE050 285/35 R19


  • Front Independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers
  • Rear Independent double wishbones with anti- squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers


  • Front Ventilated and grooved two-piece floating discs, 380mm diameter with six piston calipers
  • Rear Ventilated and grooved steel discs, 330mm diameter with four piston calipers 
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Traction Control


  • Full grain leather interior
  • Weave Alloy fascia trim
  • Iridium Silver centre console outer finish and Graphite inner finish
  • Leather-trimmed sports steering wheel
  • Embroidered ‘Vantage S’ seat logo
  • Embroidered ‘Vantage S’ carpet logo
  • Electrically operated Sports seats with side airbags
  • Dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Heated rear screen
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
  • Trip computer
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth telephone preparation1
  • Glass ECU
  • LED map lamps
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
  • Tire-pressure monitoring
  • Alarm and immobilizer
  • Remote-controlled central door locking and boot release
  • Tracking device (UK only)3
  • Anodized black ‘S’ theme tread plates

In Car Entertainment:

  • 160 W Aston Martin audio system with six-CD autochanger
  • Integrated Apple iPod® connector4
  • USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility

Exterior Options:

  • V-Spoke cast alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond turned finish
  • 10-Spoke forged alloy silver painted wheels with diamond turned finish
  • 10-Spoke forged alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond turned finish
  • Bright finish grille
  • Carbon fiber side strakes
  • Magnum Silver bonnet and side stake meshes
  • Alternative brake caliper finish – black, red, silver
  • Front parking sensors
  • Delete ‘Vantage S’ model badging
  • Delete protective tape

Interior Options:

  • Lightweight seats with six-way electrical adjustment (does not include side airbags; not available in USA or Canada)1
  • Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
  • Heated seats (included as standard with Lightweight seats)
  • ISOFIX and fixed height passenger seat (Sports seats only)
  • Alternative fascia trim finishes – Prism Alloy, Piano Black, Piano Black Interior Pack
  • Alcantara trimmed steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror with garage door opener1
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system1,2
  • 700 W Aston Martin Premium Audio system with Dolby® Pro Logic II®
  • 1000 W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower®technology
  • Satellite radio system (USA and Canada only)
  • Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor)
  • Tracking device1,3
  • Second glass ECU
  • Delete embroidered ‘Vantage S’ seat logo
  • Delete embroidered ‘Vantage S’ carpet logo
  • Personalized sill plaques
  • Wind deflector (Roadster only)
  • First aid kit
  • Ashtray and cigar lighter
  • Boot mounted umbrella


  • Length 4385 mm (172.6”)
  • Width (excluding mirrors) 1865 mm (73.5”)
  • Width (including mirrors) 2025 mm (80.0”)
  • Height (Coupe) 1260 mm (49.6”)
  • Height (Roadster) 1270 mm (50.0”)
  • Wheelbase 2600 mm (102.5”)
  • Front Track 1570 mm (62.0”)
  • Rear Track 1590 mm (62.6”)
  • Turning Circle 11.38 m (37.3 ft) (curb to curb)
  • Boot Capacity (Coupe) 300 liters (10.6 cu ft)
  • Boot Capacity (Roadster) 144 liters (5.0 cu ft)
  • Fuel Capacity 80 liters (17.6 UK gal/21.1 US gal)
  • Kerb Weight (Coupe) 1610 kg (3549 lb)
  • Kerb Weight (Roadster) 1690 kg (3726 lb)

Fuel Consumption5 liters/100 km (mpg):

  • Urban 19.2 (14.7)
  • Extra-urban 9.3 (30.4)
  • Combined 12.9 (21.9)

Gas Mileage (North America only)

  • City 14 mpg
  • Highway 21 mpg

CO2 Emissions5

  • 299 g/km

1Not available in all markets

2Includes Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) in Continental Europe

3Complies with UK Thatcham Category 5 requirements. Excludes subscription. Standard in UK

4iPod® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries

5Data not applicable to North American market



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