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2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review

(0 Stars)  Our favorite Aston is also the most affordable Aston.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
Rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and a backup camera are now standard on all Vantages. The optional equipment list has grown to include interior and exterior carbon packages and the luxe package with a 700-watt stereo. The V8 Vantage S can now be had with a six-speed manual gearbox in place of the seven-speed automatic. There’s a new V12 Vantage roadster, but you can’t buy it in the U.S.
Overview
The V8 Vantage offers entrance into the exclusive club of Aston Martin ownership at a price that is not much more than that of an optioned-up Porsche 911. You’ll spend more for the V8 Vantage S or the V12 Vantage, but even at $185,715, the twelve-cylinder Vantage strikes us as a comparative value. The Vantage’s shorter chassis makes it lighter and more nimble than its more expensive siblings, and the V-12 engine is the same 510-hp V-12 that was found in Aston’s top-of-the-line DBS (until it was replaced by the more powerful Vanquish this year). The Vantage’s appeal goes beyond superlatives, though. This is a true driver’s car. With either engine, the Vantage rewards the driver with communicative steering, responsive handling, and authoritative thrust. The V12 Vantage is available only as a coupe with a six-speed manual; the V8 Vantage offers a choice of a manual or a six-speed automated manual transmission and is available in fixed-roof or droptop form. In terms of intensity, the V8 Vantage S slots between those models with wider rear tires, enlarged front brakes, a quicker steering ratio, a stiffer suspension, and a seven-speed automatic surrounding the unchanged V-8 engine. Like all Astons, the Vantage boasts an exquisite interior with clumsy ergonomics and a simple, slightly outdated style.

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2013 V8 Vantage S Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 4.7L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 13 MPG city, 19 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 316 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 430 hp @ 7,300 rpm; 361 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

'13 Aston Martin S Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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