Aston Martin will release the facelift version of the 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The actual facelift is quite minor but under the skin of the entry level Aston Martin some serious changes have been made to improve handling and performance. The changes to the V8 Vantage are inspired by new features found in the V8 Vantage S.

The revised 4.7 liter 420bhp entry-level V8 Vantage features a range of improvements, most importantly the standard six-speed manual transmission remains, but the optional six-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission has now been replaced with the seven-speed Sportshift II, which comes standard in the Vantage S. With an additional gear, closer ratios, lower final drive and a quicker, refined shift quality, this new gearbox – designed and manufactured specifically for Aston Martin – provides faster and more precise shifts, optimises acceleration and delivers a sporting driving experience.

Further dynamic enhancements centre on the V8 Vantage’s chassis, which features developments from the Vantage S. Quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tyres have all been fitted to further enhance the V8 Vantage’s handling and performance.

To reflect its enhanced performance the V8 Vantage has received a number of styling changes inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition. At the front a lower bumper has a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes. At the rear a diffuser is added, while sculpted side sills complete the V8 Vantage’s more muscular look. These technical and styling changes have been applied to both the V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster models, with prices starting from € 108,500.

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