2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Powerful engine
  • Balanced, lightweight chassis
  • Premium materials
  • Exclusivity

The Bad

  • Traditional manual transmission not offered for S version

Notable Features of the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

  • Available high-performance V8 Vantage S
  • 420-hp V-8
  • 180 mph top speed
  • Coupe or convertible

2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The low-slung two-seat Aston Martin V8 Vantage sports car is powered by a V-8 engine that makes 420 horsepower. It looks much like Aston Martin's larger DB9 and is available as a coupe or convertible. Competitors include the Audi R8 and Porsche 911.

The V12 Vantage is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2013
For 2013, the V8 Vantage gains new standard features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights and a backup camera. A sport suspension is a new no-cost option.

Aston Martin also made some changes to the V8 Vantage late in the 2012 model year with the addition of standard navigation, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity. The standard six-speed manual transmission carried over, but a new seven-speed automated manual became available. The V8 Vantage also gained quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tires.

Styling tweaks included a new front splitter, rear diffuser and different side sills.

(Skip to details on the: V8 Vantage S)

ExteriorThe 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 taillamps
  • Integrated deck lid spoiler and twin ...
Vehicle Overview

The low-slung two-seat Aston Martin V8 Vantage sports car is powered by a V-8 engine that makes 420 horsepower. It looks much like Aston Martin's larger DB9 and is available as a coupe or convertible. Competitors include the Audi R8 and Porsche 911.

The V12 Vantage is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2013
For 2013, the V8 Vantage gains new standard features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights and a backup camera. A sport suspension is a new no-cost option.

Aston Martin also made some changes to the V8 Vantage late in the 2012 model year with the addition of standard navigation, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity. The standard six-speed manual transmission carried over, but a new seven-speed automated manual became available. The V8 Vantage also gained quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tires.

Styling tweaks included a new front splitter, rear diffuser and different side sills.

(Skip to details on the: V8 Vantage S)

ExteriorThe 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 taillamps
  • Integrated deck lid spoiler and twin exhaust pipes
  • Convertible has a fabric top that stows beneath a metal tonneau cover
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Front and rear parking sensors

InteriorA 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 heated front seats
  • MP3 jack
  • Information screen can display Russian, Chinese and Greek
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Garmin-based navigation system
  • Satellite radio
  • Analog clock, stitched dashboard seams and machined instrument dials are among the upscale touches

Under the HoodThe 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 seven-speed automated manual with paddle shifters
  • Aston Martin claims top speed is 180 mph

SafetySafety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags

V8 Vantage S
Influenced by Aston Martin's GT4 racecar, the V8 Vantage S is designed to offer greater dynamic capability compared with the regular model. Offered as a coupe or roadster, the car shares its 4.7-liter V-8 with the V8 Vantage, but the engine has been tuned to produce 430 hp and 361 pounds-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission, controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, is the only transmission available. Pushing the standard Sport button quickens gear changes, increases throttle response and opens bypass valves in the exhaust system.

The V8 Vantage S features different springs and dampers, and it has unique stability system tuning. Exterior cues include a carbon fiber front splitter and wide side sills. Back to top


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What Drivers Are Saying

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YUMMY CAR

by Rich Person 101 from New York. NY on December 17, 2012

-feel the engine vibrating the seats -fun to drive -turns a lot of heads -awesome car!!! -BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -(if you can afford it) Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The V8 Vantage received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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