Entry-level Aston Martin models get their biggest overhaul since 2008; Zagato due late this year

Aston Martin has debuted a series of engineering updates and styling revamps for the 2012 Vantage range at the Geneva motor show.

The new line-up will be priced from £84,995 for the entry-level V8 and will top out with the limited-edition V12 Zagato at just under £400,000.

Described as the biggest range overhaul since 2008, the base 420bhp V8 Vantage gets a number of upgrades first seen on the Vantage S model, including quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tyres. A new steering column installation, revalved power steering and a quicker (15:1 from 17:1) ratio is claimed to give more feedback and provide more agility.

See the official pics of the new Aston Martin Vantage

The braking system has been enhanced at the front, with new 380mm, two-piece ventilated cast iron front discs and six-piston calipers. Aston is claiming “significantly increased stopping power and pedal feel”. A brake-holding Hill Start Assist set-up is also included as standard, and the tyres are now 10mm wider.

The new seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission is now an option.

The 2012 V8 Vantage is distinguished by styling changes inspired by the Vantage S and limited-edition Vantage N420. It gets a new lower front bumper and air splitter, restyled sills and a new rear bumper equipped with a diffuser.

Priced from £99,995, the 430bhp Vantage S gets the new Sportshift II ’box as standard, as well as a sports exhaust, a “motorsport-derived, carbonfibre detailed” aerodynamic styling package and a more sumptuously trimmed, hand-stitched leather interior. The company’s new integrated Garmin sat-nav is also standard, as is cruise control and Bluetooth. The V12 Vantage continues unchanged.

Deliveries of the V12 Zagato will start in the final quarter of 2012, and Aston Martin says production will be strictly limited to 150 units. More than a third have already been sold, Aston boss Ulrich Bez revealed to Autocar last week.

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20 February 2012

"....biggest range overhaul since 2008....." Oh dear that's barely 4 years ago. What the range really needs is a price overhaul! AM's are grossly overpriced, as evidenced by their catastrophic depreciation rates. E

DKW

20 February 2012

New brakes and faster steering - the biggest overhaul since 2008. All you who thought Aston were a one trick pony with only one out of date car, who's the fool now? Oh dear, it's not much fun being a manufacturer with little cash flow.

20 February 2012

On the evidence of these pics i'd say they've managed to make the car look somewhat cheaper than the older version. It looks a bit..plain?

20 February 2012

is that the front parking sensors hanging off the top of the lower grille?! The Maserati Gran Turismo update shown today seems to have done the same...that's appalling!!!

20 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Aston Martin has announced a series of engineering updates and styling revamps for the 2012 Vantage range.[/quote]

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........................wake me up when they do something interesting.

20 February 2012

what?

something new on this... can`t see it.

hey, we are waiting for the 1987 FT-GT Aston!

volante... please!

20 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Aston Martin has announced a series of engineering updates and styling revamps for the 2012 Vantage range. The new line-up will be priced from £84,995 for the entry-level V8 and will top out with the limited-edition V12 Zagato at just under £400,000.

Described as the biggest range overhaul since 2008, the base 420bhp V8 Vantage gets a number of upgrades first seen on the Vantage S model, including quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tyres. A new steering column installation, revalve... Read the full article[/quote] New 2013 Mondeo coupe!?

Peter Cavellini.

20 February 2012

I like it. It's certainly cleaner and more elegant, although I'm not sure how hanging a number plate off the front bumper is going to affect the look.

If find it ironic though that Dr Ulrich Bez heads to Aston from Porsche with the thoughts of developing new models and then ends up doing exactly the same sort of minimal investment, refinement of an existing design as he did with the 993 911.

That said, the 993 is still classified as THE 911....

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 February 2012

[quote Engelbert]What the range really needs is a price overhaul! AM's are grossly overpriced, as evidenced by their catastrophic depreciation rates.[/quote]

I wouldn't refer to them as 'grossly' overpriced, the V8 seems to be priced around that of its competitors:

Porsche 911 Carrera S - £81,250

Maserati Granturismo - £81,000

Audi R8 - £87,000

As for the depreciation, I am not sure on that. How much worse is it than the others?

20 February 2012

Pretty hard to spot the visual changes but then if the Porche 911 can get away with it why not!

 

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