Aston Martin Offers Current Vantage Owners More Power and Better Handling

Tom Ludwick
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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