Unchanged for the 2014 model year, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage caters to those who can handle the responsibility of a six-figure priced sports car. A two-seat sports car constructed on an aluminum body structure, the sleek British shape of the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage closely resembles the higher-end Vanquish model. Standard 19-inch wheels on Bridgestone Potenza tires keeps the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage firmly in contact with the ground. The interior of the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is aligned with the sporty yet luxurious exterior styling partially thanks to the use of rich leather. A convertible roadster is offered in addition to the hardtop version of the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Both body configurations of the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage offer a base trim and a racier S trim version. The 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S model involves an upgraded braking and suspension setup as well as a quicker steering ratio. The 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage’s power is derived from an all-aluminum 4.7 liter eight-cylinder engine. A high compression powerplant, the engine propelling the V8 Vantage features potent performance at low and high speeds. The only six-speed manual transmission available in the entire 2014 Aston Martin line-up is offered on the V8 Vantage. The location of both the engine and the transmission of the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage have been mounted close to the central area of the vehicle for maximized handling balance. Available on the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage base model but standard on the V8 Vantage S is a seven-speed Sportshift II gearbox.Read more Read less
The biggest change for 2014, is the addition of the V12 Vantage S to the Vantage lineup. The V12 Vantage S replaces the V12 Vantage. The V12 Vantage S makes significantly more horsepower than the non-S variant and also comes exclusively with a single clutch, automated 7-speed manual transmission. This 7-speed automated unit also replaces the automatic transmission on V8 models for 2014. The Vantage is the lowest-priced point of entry in the Aston Martin lineup with a starting base price of around $120,000.
Mighty powertrains with strong acceleration; great seats; opportunities to customize; a shape that looks great in coupe or roadster form
The Vantage is the most affordable car from Aston Martin, and is neither a light-and-lean roadster nor a performance-oriented grand touring coupe. Rather than taking on other exclusive high-performance cars, it's positioned against other sport-touring models like the BMW M6, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and Jaguar XKR-S. A simplified, more 'honest' driving experience is one argument for the Vantage, in this age of seemingly endless custom settings in some models for driving characteristics. EPA fuel economy ratings for the V8 Vantage, at 13 mpg city, 19 highway, aren't bad, considering this car's performance focus and traditional V8 engine.