2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

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$136,700

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Traditional manual transmission not offered for S version

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Notable features

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

2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S review: Our expert's take

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.

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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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Badass ride that people double take all the time

Beautiful to look at, classy as a nice tuxedo Wish it could be performance upgraded but a pleasure to drive, fit and finish is rolls Royce like Has a really nice sound when you bang it off of the rev limiter at 7000 rpm

4.9

BEST SPORTS CAR I'VE OWNED

The 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is the absolute best sports car I've ever owned. Aston finally offered a 6 speed manual transmission in this car earlier this year and I went for it. This car replaced my 2007 Vantage and I was simply blown away by the improvements to the 6 year old car it replaced. I originally wanted a V12 Vantage but after driving the S and weighing the cost differences (substantial) vs. the performance differences (not as dramatic as i originally thought), I went for the S, found the right car on Cars.com, negotiated a good deal with the dealer and can't be happier. Other cars I've owned, Audi, R8, Porsche Carrera, Boxster S, C5 Vette & RX7. So if your in the market for a sports car such as the 911S or R8, you owe it to yourself to test drive the Aston Martin V8 Vantage & Vantage S.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Aston Martin
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
10 years years old or less/unlimited mileage
Basic warranty terms
12 months/unlimited miles
Powertrain
12 months/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
140-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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