Aston Martin starts selling an updated V8 Vantage range in early 2010. A number of new options are available, including 10-spoke alloy wheels and a 1,000W B&O sound system.

Aston Martin is preparing to launch an updated V8 Vantage range for 2010. The beady-eyed spies at CAR UK caught a suspicious-looking blue model badged as a V8 but dressed in part like the V12 running around near the company's Gaydon, Warwickshire headquarters.

It turns out it was a 2010 MY test unit. Changes made include a magnum silver bonnet, new optional 10-spoke forged 19-inch alloy wheels with diamond turned and silver finish, and clear rear lights. The interior can be specified with new optional lightweight seats with kevlar and carbon fibre construction. Weight savings from these amount to 17kg (37 lbs). There is also an optional 1,000W B&O hi-fi system to suit every musical taste.

Through transmission ratio alterations and software remapping the 2010 V8 Vantage is said to emit an average of 315g/km in C02 gases, down from 328g/km. With the Sportshift gearbox that figure drops even further to 300g/km.

Orders are being accepted right now, with first deliveries only expected early next year. V8 Vantage Coupe prices will start at £83,191 (US$134,950) and at £91,021 (US$147,650) for the Roadster.

More photos will be added, if Aston Martin releases any for this "soft launch."


Gallery: Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2010 MY Updates