The 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S driven in Spain on the Ascari circuit.

There is a near-NASCAR V-8 rumble out the back as you rocket down the kinked straight, letting the S upshift on its own at 7000 rpm.

Peeking, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S
Still at 4.7 liters, the V-8’s power is upped from 420 to 430 bhp and 346 lb.-ft. of torque to 361, thanks to changes to the intake tract and the spark timing.
Aston didn’t have an official 0–60 time, but it is likely sub-4.5 seconds with a claimed top speed of 189 mph.

Peeking, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

Still at 4.7 liters, the V-8’s power is upped from 420 to 430 bhp and 346 lb.-ft. of torque to 361, thanks to changes to the intake tract and the spark timing.

Aston didn’t have an official 0–60 time, but it is likely sub-4.5 seconds with a claimed top speed of 189 mph.

So, what makes the new V8 Vantage S special? Well, apart from having revised bodywork that makes it look a lot like its V12 Vantage brother, it weighs 66 lb less than a standard Vantage, plus its 4.7-liter V-8 now pumps out 430 bhp and 361 lb.-ft. of torque.

So, what makes the new V8 Vantage S special? Well, apart from having revised bodywork that makes it look a lot like its V12 Vantage brother, it weighs 66 lb less than a standard Vantage, plus its 4.7-liter V-8 now pumps out 430 bhp and 361 lb.-ft. of torque.

Aston Martin says the new, driver-focused V8 Vantage S bridges the performance gap between the  standard V8 Vantage and the GT4 race car, which won its class at the Nürburgring 24 and at the Spa 24 Hours.

Aston Martin says the new, driver-focused V8 Vantage S bridges the performance gap between the standard V8 Vantage and the GT4 race car, which won its class at the Nürburgring 24 and at the Spa 24 Hours.