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Old 02-20-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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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, 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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Pure sex. I'd date a fat girl to drive this.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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2011 Vantage S puts Vantage V12 clothes and a couple of sport package tweaks on top of the standard Vantage V8.

2011 Vantage S becomes standard 2012 Vantage.

And it continues to be a gorgeous car.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:10 AM   #4
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Oh yes.

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Design is starting to look dated, its 2012 damnit, who do they think they are? Porsche?
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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Still a great looking car, but I'm not too crazy about the new headlights, they look a bit too fem.
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No doubt it is a beautiful looking car, but it has been the same beautiful looking car for years and years now..........
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Pretty much. For how much Clarkson lambasts the 911 for never changing, his fap trophy Aston lineup is identical across the board and has been stale for a while now. They just won't say it because it's a British car.
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I know it hasn't changed much, but oh my, so good looking.
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Pretty much. For how much Clarkson lambasts the 911 for never changing, his fap trophy Aston lineup is identical across the board and has been stale for a while now. They just won't say it because it's a British car.
Lol, so true. If you called him on it he'd go full blown Hammond and defend it to the death.
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On the appearance: I don't think they should mess with perfection. Maybe tweak it a bit, but this is one of the most beautiful cars.
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Still a great looking car, but I'm not too crazy about the new headlights, they look a bit too fem.
The headlights haven't changed.
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On the appearance: I don't think they should mess with perfection. Maybe tweak it a bit, but this is one of the most beautiful cars.
Exactly.

A bunch of Subaru enthusiasts.. a company with a history of more aesthetic misses than hits, is criticizing the most classically gorgeous line of front engined cars currently produced... and possibly EVER produced.

As front engined cars go... Aston Martin is the benchmark.

As far as rear engined cars go, Porsche 911 is likewise.

Why on earth would anyone with half a brain cell left in their head, mess with it, and try to fix what is not broken?

Fad fashion is not a good thing, and changing just to change is what companies like Subaru does, aesthetically... and has given us things like the blob-eye, the 2010+ Legacy appliance that could be mistaken for an Accord or Camry, even up-close, and the automotive equivalent to Quasimodo, the Hunchback of the auto industry, the GR Impreza 5-door. 2012 is not that much better. Oh, and the SCHNOZZ on the 06-07 Imprezas and Tribecas. That went over REAL well.

I love Subarus for their affordable capability... but aesthetics are not their strong suit. I have had to transport cars across the country in order to own Subarus that looked decent, being the Giugiaro-designed SVX (california car), and the 2005 BL Legacy GT Limited turbo 5-speed (vermont car). I live in Iowa, nowhere near either one. That is good looking in the context of Subaru... not necessarily the absolute best looking cars that the entire industry has ever produced.

Ian Callum's Aston Martin VH-chassis family (current lineup) and Jaguar designs, like CX75 and CX16 are among the most gorgeous cars ever rendered, period.

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Not that I'm going to even be able to own one soon, its never the looks that stop me from considering an Aston :P. Those engines need WAY more power for their displacement before they become competitive with modern marvel luxury super cars.

On the other hand, I'm really liking the style of making the bottom fascia blacked out, ala-BMW m3 GT2 style.

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Exactly.

A bunch of Subaru enthusiasts.. a company with a history of more aesthetic misses than hits, is criticizing the most classically gorgeous line of front engined cars currently produced... and possibly EVER produced.

As front engined cars go... Aston Martin is the benchmark.

As far as rear engined cars go, Porsche 911 is likewise.

Why on earth would anyone with half a brain cell left in their head, mess with it, and try to fix what is not broken?

Fad fashion is not a good thing, and changing just to change is what companies like Subaru does, aesthetically... and has given us things like the blob-eye, the 2010+ Legacy appliance that could be mistaken for an Accord or Camry, even up-close, and the automotive equivalent to Quasimodo, the Hunchback of the auto industry, the GR Impreza 5-door. 2012 is not that much better. Oh, and the SCHNOZZ on the 06-07 Imprezas and Tribecas. That went over REAL well.

I love Subarus for their affordable capability... but aesthetics are not their strong suit. I have had to transport cars across the country in order to own Subarus that looked decent, being the Giugiaro-designed SVX (california car), and the 2005 BL Legacy GT Limited turbo 5-speed (vermont car). I live in Iowa, nowhere near either one. That is good looking in the context of Subaru... not necessarily the absolute best looking cars that the entire industry has ever produced.

Ian Callum's Aston Martin VH-chassis family (current lineup) and Jaguar designs, like CX75 and CX16 are among the most gorgeous cars ever rendered, period.
Didn't see anywhere in this thread where people were saying Subaru had amazing aesthetics, nor criticizing the actual design of the Aston, simply stating, as you do, that the design has not changed very much over time. It does appear that you really do look for arguments for arguments sake at times.........

Aside from that, me personally, I don't think "as front engine cars go" that Aston is the end-all, be-all of cars. It is a good looking car, but there are others equally good looking out there.
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I was just pointing out the irony of Subaru buyers thinking Aston Martin needs to change their designs.

I didn't use exclusive language to say that there weren't other good looking front engined cars.

I just said that Aston Martins are the best at it.

Ferrari isn't anymore, and I can't think of a front engined car that is more graceful, and aesthetically pleasing from every angle, as a cohesive shape, that is currently being produced... and the history of the automobile might only produce a handful of front engined cars that look as good or better than current Astons.

Can you name the "others" that are equally good looking, or better, especially that are being produced now?

I don't even think the upcoming F620 GT will unseat the likes of Virage or DBS on aesthetics of a front-engined car, but I suppose there is a chance. F599 certainly doesn't surpass them, with it's odd proportions, huge rump, and weird 3-peak front end. New design exploration does not automatically equal great design.
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360 Stradale for rear-engined beauty. Agreed DBS is the front-engine king. 2012 Continental GT is also quite a looker.
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360 Challenge Stradale is not rear engined, it is mid-engined, and I would nominate Lamborghini Miura, Ferrari 288GTO and 512BB, Jaguar XJ13 and CX75, McLaren F1, and perhaps a few others for mid-engined designs.

But the best is probably Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, or the Pininfarina Dino 206 Competizione in terms of mid-engined all-time best.

And everything that was changed about the F430 over the F360 is for the better, except the tail panel and the classic 4 round tail lights in a mesh panel on the 360 Challenge Stradale. If one could graft about 12 inches of the aft bodywork from 360CS to an F430 Scuderia, it might be the perfect mid-engined Ferrari.

Continental GT, in terms of front-engined, has a nice face-lift with the new headlights... but the whole car looks a little more ho-hum than an Aston martin. Broader curves, and more radiused, less sharp lines. It doesn't even look like old up-right Bentleys from the RollsRoyce era, like the Arnage coupe. Not bad at all, just not as striking as Aston Martin's more aggressive stance, and sleeker, longer, sharper lines.

I really like the DBS... but if I had the $$$, I might actually pick the Virage, instead, optioned as close to DBS's tech specs as possible. The Virage has less scoops and ducts, and just looks a bit cleaner, and less "boy-racer" than the more aggressive DBS. For racy intentions, it is hard to beat the Vantage V12... putting all that power in the smaller, 2-seat-only body.




If it were in that blue color of the Vantage S behind it... it would be on the verge of front engined perfection.

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While I admire you passion Hip, and make no mistake, I do think the Astons are quite nice, actually stunning is more of the word, something about them is starting to get old to me. Not sure what it is. Certainly they have not gotten less attractive from a styling point of view, but I never really feel like they have given me anything new and exciting.

Strangely enough, I do not feel the same way about the 911. I think it is mostly because Porsche puts enormous amounts of effort beneath the skin, where Aston Martins, are very much a nice fashion accessory that happens to go like stink in certain trims.

I love Aston Martins, and I stop and stare every time I see one, but I think I understand what the other guys here are saying. I think year after year, we wait to be wowed at what could be next from them, and I keep seeing the same design language in every single model from the cheapest all the way up to the top of the line model with very little change

I mean it is working for them no doubt, but at this point in time, I get more excited about a Jag. Whose lineup has more variance.

Hard to mess with perfection, I agree, But even the most beautiful supermodel needs a facelift after enough years.
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Hip, don't forget about the 8C.

For pure luxury, small, moderate-high power GT car, Aston cannot be touched. I still cannot wait for the V12 Vantage to come down in price. The SLS and . . . are all that come to mind that can compete with Aston on the classic style (not retro), comfort, and power level. I love the XKR-S, but the boy racer edge kicks it out of the Aston realm.

The SL, 6 series, GTC, XK, CTS-V coupe, R8, 911, California, and Maserati GT, while all in the price range of the Astons, don't compare with the Astons. They either lack aesthetic touches, distinctive style, price, luxury, or sound, which Aston puts on it's own level for. Which is apparent across their line (except for the iQ rebadge).

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WOW, I just checked out their website and the new v8 vantage, and I must say I was severely under-estimating their new engine output I guess. 420hp from a 4.7L engine? HELL YES! This thing is fracking amazing! Looks, power, luxury, James Bond drives one... How could you want anything more?
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and 346 ft lbs of torque at 5000 rpm, meaning it will have to be revved to be fast, which is not really a bad thing. In fact, it may be even better!

(waiting for the iwoulddropanLSXinthat comments...)
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humm, R8 or AM..

Now that would keep me up at night. Talk about a right brain vs left brain decision..

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Aventador as well...
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