Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Facelift

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Aston Martin is on a roll of late, the latest creation its four-door masterpiece, the Rapide. While that car has its quirks, it's certainly one of the most attractive four-door sports cars in existence. Last year, the company shoe-horned a brawny V-12 engine into the Vantage, taking the car's performance to a new level. Now Aston Martin is preparing a facelift of its Vantage series, captured in roadster form in these latest spy shots.

The car spied is something of a mule, wearing the minimally-vented hood and smooth side skirts of the V8 Vantage, but otherwise wearing the aggressive carbon lip spoiler, larger rear spoiler and carbon rear diffuser of the V-12 Vantage.

It's not clear what powerplant is under the hood, though it may be a V-12. On the other hand, it may be a V-8-powered Vantage wearing a more aggressive treatment, pointing the way forward for the car's facelift.

Whichever powerplant is under the hood, it's not likely to have received any updates, as the V-8 updates from the 2009 model year--a bump to 4.7-liters and 420 horsepower, up from 4.3-liters and 380 horsepower previously--are expected to suffice until a more complete redesign in several years' time. The 510 horsepower V-12, having just been introduced last year, is likewise staying put.

Expect the new car to go on sale towards the end of the year, possibly with a debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in October.

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Comments (2)
  1. Normally I'm a sucker for aston martin's, but the combination of garish blue and unfinished bodywork make this look like a tasteless aftermarket modifier ran out of cash halfway through his/er work. especially from the back.

  2. It's all good, but is it coming to America? The V12 Vantage has to be the most brutal road car Aston makes (apart from the ultra exclusive, and sold out One-77)!
    And @ Connor, have you ever seen a test mule that looked "finished"?
    You can bet the production version will have the impeccable fit and finish Aston have become known for. Though I do agree with you that blue would be more suitable on a Subaru than an Aston. Still not as bad as that bright blue (non-metallic) BMW sold on the e46 M3!

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