In addition to providing 10bhp of extra power, the V8 Vantage S Coupé weighs 1610kg – 20kg lighter than the already slender original. This enables better acceleration and a higher maximum speed of 190mph for extra enjoyment on track days.
Acceleration at low or high speeds is quicker and smoother, due to the efficiency of the all-new single-clutch Sportshift™ II transmission. The short gear ratios of this seven-speed automated manual gearbox allow gear changes 20% quicker than the Sportshift™ on the original Coupé. The single-clutch arrangement reduces complexity and weight compared to dual clutch gearboxes, whilst the limited-slip differential distributes torque in a way that always keeps the vehicle stable.
The springs and damping system of the suspension have also been stiffened to reduce body roll, whilst a quicker steering rack ratio (15:1, instead of 17:1) make the S edition still more agile when taking bends at speed. Revised active safety features, such as a new Dynamic Stability Control mechanism and Hydraulic Brake Assist, stabilise the vehicle further on rough or slippery road surfaces.
2016 model upgrades include the updated AMi II Infotainment system which offers improved driver interface controls with additional vehicle information. Updates also include the introduction of a new style fascia, this stylish one-piece console now flows through the centre of the car, offering a more useable interface for both the driver and the passenger.