Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Aston tweaks the 2010 V8 Vantage

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
It was just over a year ago that Aston Martin released an updated version of their V8 Vantage, and yet it appears that they simply can't resist another round of updates for the 2010 model. There are no radical changes in store, but rather a number of tweaks to the existing model to keep it fresh.

Topping the list of new features is a new set of lightweight sport seats made from a combination of Kevlar and carbon fibre, which together weigh 17kg less than the prior model's seats. Rounding out the changes inside is a new 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with some slick new silver speaker grilles.

There are no significant changes to the powertrain other than a slight revamp to reduce CO2 emissions. Aston has pulled off a 4% decrease in CO2 for the V8 Vantage over last years model, as well as an almost 8% decrease for the Sportshift version. These gains come courtesy of a remapped ECU and revised gear ratios, but not to worry – it hasn't affected performance.

On the outside you'll find some optional 10-spoke, 19-inch diamond-finish alloy wheels, clear taillights (like those found on the V12 Vantage), some side sills borrowed from Aston Martin's N400 Roadster, and finally, a "magnum silver" mesh for the hood and side vents.

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