The New Aston Martin Vantage Range for 2012

By Paul Joseph

Iconic British car brand Aston Martin has revealed its new range of Vantage models for 2012, featuring an array of enhancements to the marque’s entry-level sports car.

Amendments to the range, which Aston Martin say will improve the cars’ “dynamics, style and value”, include a seven-speed Sportshift II transmission replacing the previous six-speed unit, chassis and braking upgrades, and a motorsport-derived aerodynamic package.

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 – complete with aerodynamic splitter – houses a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes.

At the rear a diffuser creates added drama and function, while sculpted race-derived side sills complete the car's more muscular look.

There are also changes at the top-end of the Vantage range with the new and ultra-exclusive V12 Zagato assuming the role of flagship when it enters production later this year.

Prices for the 2012 Vantage range will start from £84,995 (€108,500).

By Paul Joseph