Aston Martin Offers Current Vantage Owners More Power and Better Handling

Tom Ludwick
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2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

Owners of the current Aston Martin V8 Vantage may have been somewhat soured when Aston Martin announced a new, more powerful 4.7-liter V-8 would replace the current 4.3-liter engine (along with a host of other improvements) this summer. Those owners will be happy to know that via a series of dealer-installed upgrades, Aston will offer them an opportunity to boost their cars' output.

While the new "retrospective-fit power enhancement" will not quite match the new engine's output of 420 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, it will provide a noticeable addition of 20 horsepower and 7 lb-ft. That will yield a total of 400 horsepower and nearly 310 lb-ft of torque. According to Aston, the increase in power will boost the top speed to 177 mph and slightly reduce the 0-60 mph time.

The increased power comes via a revised air induction system that uses switching air box valves that open when the engine hits 5500 rpm. The same type of induction system is used in the DBS's V-12. To manage the increased airflow and enhance performance, the ECU is reprogrammed to optimize ignition timing and recognize higher octane fuels.

If that weren't enough, Aston dealers will now also offer a retrofit of the Sports Pack, a popular option since its introduction earlier this year. The package provides sharper handling with stiffer springs and Bilstein dampers, and also adds a set of lightweight forged aluminum 5-spoke wheels.

There were no mention of prices on the two dealer modifications, but don't expect either to be a bargain. Hopefully. the offering of these upgrades is enough to still bring joy into the hearts of the "downtrodden" 4.3-liter V-8 Vantage owners this holiday season.

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