Following a slew of teaser videos, Aston Martin has taken the wraps off of the 2014 Aston Martin Vantage S, which will replace the standard issue V12 Vantage model and bring more power and technology to bolster the Vantage’s already impressive credentials while reaffirming its status as the flagship trim in the Vantage model lineup.
The exterior styling of the Vantage S retains much of the basic layout first seen in the old model when it originally debuted a decade ago, but Aston Martin stylists have made several subtle changes to broadcast the renewed focus on performance with new bits such as a carbon fiber grille which can be equipped with either silver mesh or carbon fiber elements while the car’s slick 10 spoke alloy wheels and graphics package that features a blacked out roof further embody the exterior’s performance theme and add some much needed visual stimulation to the cars otherwise dated lines.
The interior of the Vantage S has also been reworked and now features new sport seats, which now feature revised stitching and detailing as well as the choice of either Luxmill leather, or a new semi aniline material. Buyers can also add Alcantara material to the seats to provide world class support when pushing the Vantage S down twisty roads and sharp corners. The cabin can also be enhanced even further when equipped with the optional “Carbon Fibre Interior Pack” which slathers the lightweight material on the door pulls as well as the front fascia of the Vantage S.
Performance for the 2014 Vantage S still comes from a variant of the familiar 5.9 liter V12 engine that powered the last generation Vantage V12, but Aston Martin engineers have made several upgrades which allow horsepower to increase from 510 horsepower to a stout 565 horsepower (a gain of 55 horses) while overall torque goes up by 37 lb ft to 465 lb-ft. All of this power is routed to the rear wheels through a seven speed automated manual gearbox which replaces the old model’s six speed manual transmission. Known officially as “Sportshift III”. It is sourced from Graziano and it is similar to the gearbox that also sees duty in the V8-powered Vantage S. While fans of the manual gearbox will be saddened by its departure, the company claims that the new gearbox is 55 pounds lighter than the gearbox it replaces while also allowing the Vantage S to increase its top speed from 190 mph to 205 mph thanks to quicker shifts which only take mere milliseconds.
Further enhancing the driving experience is a new three-stage drive mode system that allows drivers to select from three different modes Normal, Sport, and Track to tailor the car to a wide variety of driving conditions. A secondary sport mode alters throttle response, exhaust sound, and the time between gearshifts to sharpen the car’s character even further. In addition to these adjustments, the system also calibrates the cars adaptive dampening system as well as the amount of steering assistance that’s provided by the quicker power steering system.
Aston Martin did not release official pricing for the 2014 Vantage S as of this writing, but expect the car to fetch at least $200,000 when it thunders its way into Aston Martin showrooms with initial deliveries expected to begin sometime in 2014. In the meantime the company has released a brief video of the car in action which can be seen below.