Aston Martin V8 Vantage S review

         The Aston Martin have f 4.7 litre 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.

         With a kerb weight of 1.58 tons, (66lb less than the equivalent standard Vantage), this is a quick, but not lightning-fast car, so even if the engine tells you it's gone to warp-factor 11, you'll need all the revs when overtaking. And that means more fuel. With a Combined consumption of 21.9mpg and CO2 emissions in Band M (299g/km), this is never going to be a particularly cheap car to run.   

         The Vantage S thumps a 32-valve, 4.7-litre V8 that ragingly roars more or less above 4,000 rpm, or pretty much all the time when the Sport mode is activated. It develops 430 horsepower (at 7,300 revs thank you) and 361 pound-feet of torque of which three-quarters is available from 1,500 rpm, resulting in wild but controlled launches. Figure a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of about 4.7 seconds.


          * Transmission: Rear mid-mounted six speed manual gearbox.
          * Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 420 bhp 
          * Body Type: Two seat, two door coupe or soft cover convertible top body style 
          * Acceleration 0-60 mph s:  4.7 seconds
          * Fuel economy: 21.9mpg
          * CO2 emissions: 299g/km
          * Price (est): £102,500

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