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2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage facelift, arrives in Australia in June

February 21, 2012

Aston Martin has released early details and images of its new 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage facelift which will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month.

Although only subtle visual revisions, the facelift gets a new front bumper bar with a lower and slightly more aggressive chin spoiler, while new sills update the side profile, then at the rear there’s a new rear diffuser setup.

Under the bonnet remains unchanged, keeping the 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8, producing 313kW of power. The Vantage S also retains its tuned version of the high-revving V8, producing 321kW.

Mechanical changes have been made to the improve handling, with a quicker steering rack put in place to support sports driving. There’s also wider tyres and bigger brakes to further increase grip and stopping power.

As for the optional transmissions, there’s a six-speed manual on offer and a new Sportshift II semi-automatic seven speed.

Both convertible and coupe versions will launch at the same, with the facelift available to order now in Australia. Deliveries will take place in around June. Prices are as follows, with up to $18,772 (manual coupe) in savings to be had over the previous model (excluding on-road costs):

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe manual – $231,500
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe seven-speed Sportshift II – $247,400
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage convertible manual – $260,500
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage convertible seven-speed Sportshift II – $274,300

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.