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2013 Aston Martin Vanquish Review
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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has been quite a rage in the market for a long time. As an entry-level car for a high-cost class, the V8 Vantage offers what other expensive German-engineered cars ask twice as much money for. It was in 2005 that the last Aston Martin V8 Vantage was launched, but the latest model of Aston Martin V8 Vantage was launched recently in both the Roadster and the Coupe models.
New For 2013
The 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage comes with several updates in interior and technology. Company claims that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage has been going through an extensive update program since 2008. The changes appear to be good enough, and the company has worked a lot to revamp the car. The newest V8 Vantage offers better response and control, which give an improved driving experience.
These are the changes that Aston Martin has given their V8 Vantage:
- A revised 320-hp, 4.7-liter engine
- The transmission also offers a closer ratio, which makes the gear shift smoother
- Chassis design has also been improved
- Bigger brakes enhances stopping power
In terms of exterior styling, The new V8 vantage appears to be more aerodynamic than previous models. It features a ton of curves and smooth design. The Vantage S and the limited edition N400 inspire the exterior looks. The 2013 V8 Vantage touts a new front bumper with an integrated splitter and real diffuser. The V8 Vantage body is mostly made up of aluminum and magnesium alloy to make it softer and provide more strength. It features an extruded bonded aluminum VH body structure. The outer body is made up of three main elements, which are aluminum magnesium alloy, composite, and steel. For the safety and support it has aluminum doors built with side impact beams.
It has halogen projector headlamps for the main headlights and high-intensity discharge headlamps for dipped-beamed headlights. The rear headlamps are LED.
Interior & Cargo
The interior is a real luxury in the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. It features full-grain leather interior and piano black fascia trim. The center console gets a classy graphite finish. The electrically-supported sports seats are quite comfortable and take the shock of a bumpy road to make driving feel smoother. It has powerful exterior heated mirrors to increase visibility. Their organic OEL displays on the dashboard are exceptionally easy to read and understand.
The V8 Vantage also boasts a great music system – a 160-watt Aston Martin audio system with a six-CD autochanger and a USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility.
There has been no compromise with the safety in this car. For the purposes of safety, brakes have been significantly enhanced using dynamic stability control, four wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake assist, and hydraulic brake assist technology. Positive torque control helps keep the rear wheels from locking up during an engine brake. Rear parking sensors are also included.
To keep from slipping on a hill, the V8 Vantage features hill start-assist technology. Traction control, stability control, and tire pressure monitoring are also standard fare.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage features dual driver and passenger front airbags. The passenger seat has a sensor to detect if the passenger is seated, or if the airbags should deploy based on the height and weight of the passenger. There is also a tracking device installed inside the car, which uses satellite to keep the position of the car easy to locate.
The V8 Vantage offers an extremely enjoyable driving experience. The engineers and makers have left no stone unturned in giving the driver and passenger(s) a great driving experience.
This car has amazing suspension and one can barely even notice the small bumps on the road, thanks to front and rear independent, double wishbone suspension that incorporates anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and monotube dampers.
Because of its power under the hood, which features an all-alloy quad overhead camshaft, 32-valve, 4735 cc, V-8 engine, the V8 Vantage provides a very smooth ride and a great acceleration rate.
Engines options include the maximum-power 420-horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum speed of 180 miles per hour. The six-speed shiftable automatic transmission is very smooth and provides a good rate of acceleration when required. The gearshift is very smooth and swift as well. The light body and aluminum engine of this car makes speed a non-issue.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage gets decent fuel economy considering the power under the hood. Average fuel economy is 13/19 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Aston-Martin V8-Vantage
- Nissan GT-R
- Porsche 911
- Ferrari 430