Vehicle Overview

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.

Exterior
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:

  • Twin-bezel headlamps flank Aston Martin's trapezoidal grille
  • Flared front fenders are trailed by inset side vents, and all lines flow rearward to the V8 Vantage's twin-bar taillamp
  • Integrated deck lid spoiler and twin exhaust pipes
  • Convertible has a fabric top that stows beneath a metal tonneau cover
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Optional chrome grille
  • Optional painted brake calipers

Interior
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:

  • 10-way power seats feature twin lumbar adjustment and memory function
  • Optional dual-stage heated front seats
  • MP3 jack
  • Information screen can display Russian, Chinese and Greek
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional satellite radio
  • Analog clock, stitched dashboard seams and machined instrument dials are among the upscale touches

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:

  • Standard rear-mounted six-speed manual transmission or available six-speed automated manual with paddle shifters
  • Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds
  • Aston claims top speed is 180 mph

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags are standard; seats incorporate head-protection airbags