2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Unveiled

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Is it possible to tire of special-edition models of luxury sport coupes? We don't think so, and apparently neither does Aston Martin, which keeps cranking out the Vantage variants. The latest, the V8 Vantage S, makes its Web debut today.

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.

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