Feature Flick: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Carves Wet City Streets

How far would you walk in the rain to ride in a new Aston Martin? The woman in a new Aston Martin video appears to walk for quite a while in high heels as a man braves wet roads in a 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage to reunite at their meeting place.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage comes with a 420-hp 4.7-liter V-8 with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Each car can be customized to the buyer’s specifications.

For 2012, the base Aston Martin V8 Vantage gains upgrades first seen on the V8 Vantage S model. It gains the S model’s quicker steering (now 15:1 instead of 17:1), bigger brakes, and wider tires for more agility and driver feedback. Larger two-piece front brake rotors clamped by six-piston calipers combine with the wider tires for more sure-footed braking. Hill Start Assist is standard. The six-speed manual transmission carries over, but a new seven-speed automatic replaces last year’s six-speed transmission for increased acceleration.

On the outside, the V8 Vantage’s front bumper gains an aerodynamic splitter and larger air intake inspired by the S and limited edition N420 model. The larger air intake channels more air into the engine compartment and toward the front brakes. New side sills and a rear diffuser combine with the front-end changes to enhance looks and air management around the Vantage.

Check out the video below if you want to hear the 420-hp V-8 sing as the driver of the refreshed 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage tackles the rain-soaked city streets to meet with a woman braving the weather to meet him.

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2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

MSRP $147,700 N420 (Auto) Convertible


13 City / 19 Hwy

Horse Power:

420 @ 7300


346 @ 5000