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2012 Aston Martin Vantage “S”…..SOLD!


 Stratus White / Obsidian Black Full Leather

8200 Miles

Price: 112,950/ offer (Returned to factory equipment) OR

$124,500 /offer with all upgrades and all stock parts.

(Separate Gallery pictures for stock and modified…scroll down))

This is an extremely highly optioned “S” from Aston

Original MSRP: $157, 733

Additional Add-Ons: $18,500 (See itemized list below)


  •  Satellite Navigation System($3,128)

  •  Piano Black Fascia w/Piano Interior($2,270)

  • Aston Martin Premium Audio($1,595)

  • Side Strake Carbon Fiber($1,595)

  • 19 inch V-Spoke Graphite DT 315hz($1,595)

  • Satellite Radio($1,495)

  • Brake Calipers-Red in Color($1,020)

  • Exterior Paint-Contemporary($1,020)

  • Bright Finish Grille($750)

  • Heated Front Seats($750)

  • Secondary Glass ECU($750)

  • Memory Seats($750)

  • High Spec Alarm($450)


  • 3M Clear Protection ($1000)

  • OEM Aston Martin V-12 Hood with RSC authentic carbon fiber vents($5795 plus $1000 to paint & install).

  • COR 3-piece wheels with authentic carbon fiber overlay on outer lip  ($6400 wheels plus carbon fiber overlay  $1400= $7800)

  • Authentic carbon fiber overlay on front grill- ($750)

  • Eibach Springs lowering kit ($699)

  • Front Tires: Pirelli P-Zero   255/30/21  (2x $337= $674)

  • Rear Tires: Pirelli P-Zero 295/25/21   (2x$376= $752)

  • Total cost tires- ($1426 plus mounting and balancing)

Gallery with Exterior Mods:

Gallery without Mods and Interior shots:

Vantage “S” model Features over Base Vantage model:

The S trailing the name of this Vantage stands for “sport”—hardly astonishing news—but the differences between sport and standard (one simply cannot employ so mundane a descriptor as “base” in connection with an Aston Martin) are a bit elusive. S means a little more motor, a little more brake, a little more rubber, a little less weight, some small trim distinctions, and, of course, a little more money.

The engine is Aston’s familiar 4.7-liter aluminum V-8, with improved intake airflow, new mufflers, and new programming that keeps the exhaust system’s bypass valves open longer. The net is 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque, gains of 10 ponies and 15 lb-ft. Although it’s a small gain in output, the S’s new transmission (more on that in a moment) should help it whittle the Vantage’s 0-to-60-mph time down from the 4.3 of the last example we tested to about four flat. Beyond that, the menacing V-8 sounds that emerge when the bypass valves open up and the engine soars toward redline are almost worth the price premium on their own, with or without the extra thrust.

Engine output flows through a new single-clutch seven-speed Graziano automated manual to a limited-slip rear differential; the carbon fiber driveshaft spins in an aluminum torque tube. From there, power is applied to the pavement via a set of fat (285/35) Bridgestone Potenzas on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels. (The front tires measure 245/40-19.)

There are no chassis rigidity distinctions between Vantage and Vantage S, and none was needed. The bonded aluminum tub is as stiff as a railroad trestle. But the elements attached to the tub—dampers, springs, and bushings—are a bit more stern than those in the, uh, everyday Vantage. Allied with a quicker steering rack, the sum of the upgrades is an exceptional level of response.

Brakes are always a key element in the process of elevating sporty to sportier still, and that’s true here. The front rotors grow slightly to 15 inches, and the rears carry over at 13. All corners are vented and grooved, with six-piston calipers grabbing the fronts and four-pot pincers in the rear. It’s worth noting that much of the foregoing is pretty conventional hardware—nonadjustable dampers, single-rate springs, cast-iron rotors—but it works. Very well. Stylistically, the S models its rockers, decklid, and front and rear fascias after the V-12 vantages

The speed-sensitive steering is a little quicker than that of the standard V-8 Vantage and utterly devoid of secrets—the driver’s sense of connection with the front wheels approaches race-car tactile. Although the S’s 3600-pound curb weight is less than 100 pounds lighter than the Vantage’s, its combination of tightly controlled body motions, right-now reflexes, and substantial grip make it feel almost sprightly. Powerful, fade-free brakes and supportive seats contribute greatly to driver confidence.

The V-8 Vantage S is handsome and beautifully crafted inside and out.  It  attracts attention wherever it goes, drawing admiring glances and provoking fights among valets.

Compared with other cars that have this much curb appeal, even the S model Vantage looks like something of a bargain., and if exclusivity is high on your list of priorities, the S does trump the base Vantage.