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If you think the V8 Vantage is too weak and the V12 Vantage is too powerful, prepare to rejoice as Aston Martin has just unveiled the V8 Vantage S.

Described as a "driver-focused" model, the S features a unique appearance with a carbon fiber front splitter, a larger air intake, a new rear bumper, and a carbon fiber diffuser. Other changes include modified side sills, a bigger rear spoiler and 19-inch alloy wheels with bespoke Bridgestone tires.

Inside, the cabin is outfitted with sport seats, a sport steering wheel, Weave Alloy trim, and plenty of Vantage S badging.

While most sporting variants are nothing more than a glorified appearance package, the Vantage S has been specifically designed to handle like a proper sports car. Compared to the standard model, the S has a sportier steering ratio, larger front brake discs (which measure 380mm and are clamped by new six-piston calipers), and new springs / dampers. Additionally, there's a new dynamic stability control system and a revised brake module with Hydraulic Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist. To cap things off, the car has a "very distinctive and highly vocal exhaust note" thanks to a new exhaust muffler and a bypass valve.

Under the hood, power comes from a 4.7-liter V8 engine with 430 hp (321 kW / 436 PS) and 490 Nm (361 lb-ft) of torque - 10 hp (7 kW / 10 PS) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) more than standard model. It is paired to a new seven-speed Sportshift II transmission which shifts 20% faster than the previous gearbox. While performance specifications haven't been announced, the car has a combined fuel consumption rating of 12.9 L/100km (21.9 mpg IMP / 18.2 US), CO2 emissions of 299 g/km, and a top speed of 189 mph (305 km/h).

According to Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez, "The Vantage S epitomizes every attribute of the V8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before. It combines dynamic exhilaration with all the charming finesse, beauty and practicality already associated with the Vantage range."

Check out the press release for additional information

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