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On the 12th of February, Aston Martin released their all new Vantage boasting an impressive 656bhp V8 and new interior. Aston Martin is targeting the Porsche 911 Turbo S with an extensively updated version of the Vantage, part of a comprehensive overhaul of the British brand's sports car range. The revamped Vantage boasts significantly more power and enhanced performance compared to its predecessor, earning it the title of "the most driver-focused and fastest Vantage in the famous nameplate’s 74-year history," according to Aston Martin.

Initially debuting as a fixed-head model, with a convertible Volante version expected to follow, the redesigned coupe retains a familiar exterior appearance but undergoes substantial re-engineering underneath and inside. This strategic approach aligns with Aston's goal of enhancing the dynamic and technological capabilities of its sports cars.

The highlight of the update is a substantial increase in power for the Vantage's Mercedes-AMG-derived V8 engine. Despite maintaining the same 4.0-liter capacity and twin-turbo configuration, output now reaches 656bhp and 590lb ft, enabling the standard Vantage to match the performance of the outgoing V12 Vantage: 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 202mph. This represents a significant improvement over the previous V8 model, which produced 503bhp and 505lb ft, resulting in a half-second slower acceleration time and a lower top speed of 195mph.

These performance gains stem from an extensive tuning program that includes new cam profiles, adjusted compression ratios, enhanced cooling, and larger turbochargers. As a result, the engine exhibits a more visceral and sonorous character. Additionally, tweaks to the eight-speed automatic gearbox promise punchier acceleration and crisper shifts across drive modes.

Underneath, the aluminium chassis undergoes significant revisions to enhance rigidity and engagement. Changes such as relocating the front cross-member and introducing a lighter yet stiffer engine bay brace contribute to improved handling balance, driver feedback, and refinement. The introduction of new adaptive dampers and bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires further enhances the Vantage's dynamic capabilities.

Internally, the Vantage receives a modernised cockpit layout, featuring a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Aston's bespoke platform, enabling seamless connectivity and access to various in-car functions. While embracing digital advancements, Aston retains physical controls for essential functions, emphasising tactile feedback.

Production of the new Vantage is set to commence soon, with deliveries expected in the second quarter of the year. Although pricing details are yet to be officially disclosed, reports suggest a starting price of £165,000, reflecting the significant enhancements in power, performance, and features.

While Aston has not announced plans for further special editions or electrification of the Vantage line, the potential for future developments remains open, considering the platform's adaptability and the brand's commitment to innovation.

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