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The low-slung Aston Martin V8 Vantage sports car is powered by a normally aspirated V-8 that makes 420 horsepower. It looks much like Aston Martin's larger DB9 and is available as a hardtop or convertible. The V8 Vantage competes roughly with the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, BMW M6 and Porsche 911 Turbo. A new V12 Vantage is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2011
Aston has added N420 special editions of the coupe and convertible that feature carbon fiber side strakes and front air splitter and diffuser, graphite tailpipe finishers, a sport suspension, lightweight exhaust system, 10-spoke 19-inch wheels and unique interior trim. The N420 name was inspired by Aston Martin cars entered in an annual 24-hour race at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The V8 Vantage's frame replaces welding with advanced adhesives for better vibration damping, and aluminum and magnesium components reduce weight throughout the chassis. Exterior features include:
A dizzying array of interior choices means each V8 Vantage can be personalized by its buyer. Premium materials line the aluminum-trimmed dashboard, which includes a ringed engine-start button above the radio controls. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
The 4.7-liter V-8 generates 420 hp. Its aluminum construction uses a dry-sump lubrication system that eliminates the oil pan and allows the engine to sit lower to the ground, thereby lowering the vehicle's center of gravity. Mechanical features include:
Safety features include:
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