With a small bump in power to 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, the 4.7-liter V-8 in the Vantage S is, perhaps, short of the 500-and-up class of modern supercoupes, but it's sure to sound as good as any of them. Aston's new Sportshift II transmission offers seven speeds of dual-clutch engagement, shifted by paddles on the steering wheel.
Aesthetically, the V8 Vantage S taps its twelve-cylinder sister for exterior looks in both coupe and roadster trim. Acoustically, it gets a new exhaust system and bypass valve tuning to create a "distinctive and highly vocal exhaust note," according to Aston Martin.
So where does this car fit in the lineup? Aston sees it as a bridge to the gap between the Vantage GT4 racer and the standard V8 Vantage road car.
If you're well-heeled and so inclined, you can place your order for a V8 Vantage S today. Read on to page two for the official announcement.