Monday, December 7, 2009

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Gets a Power Boost

Don’t attempt to detect any differences on the 2009 V8 Vantage exterior, because with the exception of new standard and optional 19'' alloy wheels, there aren’t any. Most changes are under the skin and they concern a new 4.7-liter V8 engine. In particular, Aston Martin has fitted the V8 Vantage with a larger displacement 4.7-liter engine (previous 4.3-liters) that develops 420 Hp (+11%) and a maximum torque of 347lbs-ft (+15%).

Other updates include revised dynamics, improved Sportshift transmission software and a new sports suspension option. According to Aston Martin, the V8 Vantage features an improved 0-60mph (96km/h) time of 4.7 seconds and top speed of 180mph (288km/h). Combined European fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also improved by 13% with the Sportshift semi-auto transmission. -Continued

Inside, the only changes include a new centre console and revised switchgear along with the introduction of an ECU replacing the previous V8 Vantage key.

Commenting on the new car, Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "Continued development and evolution of our unique VH (Vertical-Horizontal) architecture has brought even higher levels of refinement and dynamic performance to our whole range. With the new 4.7 litre engine and associated changes we have taken the V8 Vantage to new levels of performance to produce an even more desirable sports car.”

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