• Oct 20th 2006 at 11:32AM
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Prodrive's involvement in the World Rally Championship and touring car racing is well known, and their aftermarket products are world-renowned. Since they've had a hand in working on Aston Martins on the circuit, the natural progression is to transfer that knowledge onto the street.

Pistonheads is reporting that Prodrive is currently developing and getting ready to launch a number of products for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The details are scarce, but the usual tricks are on their way in the form of both aerodynamic and power enhancements.

In stock form, the V8 Vantage produces 380 BHP and through a retuned ECU, larger cats and the addition of free-flowing exhaust, Prodrive expects to increase power output to over 400 BHP. According to the article, the newly developed exhaust hardware will give the Vantage a more "throaty exhaust note." Considering how downright loud the unmodified version is, we're looking forward to hearing some audio of the metallic symphony that will ensue.

With the exterior, expect to see the addition of both front and rear diffusers, along with a rear spoiler, which Prodrive expects to make significantly positive changes to the handling characteristics of the coupe. Naturally, the suspension won't be left untouched, as the Vantage will benefit from an electronically controlled damper setup. Wheels, tires and other aesthetic adornments are also expected.

Aston Martin set out to challenge the Porsche 911 when it released the V8 Vantage. By most accounts, that didn't happen. But with these modifications soon to be available through Prodrive, that goal may become more attainable.

[Source: Pistonheads]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      the vantage is the sexiest car ever. even if its not as fast as a 911 id still take one over the porsche simply because its rarer and sooooooooooooo much prettier. and the m6 is f***ing ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      911 will still beat it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Porsche 911 vs. Aston Martin V-8 vs. BMW M6 @ Isle of Man from the 7th season of Top Gear is a must see. Reaffirms a lot of what you guyz have posted... the Aston is a GT car, and carbon-ceramic brakes win over all on a motorcycle circuit ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeesh guys. Ok one may be faster, lighter, better looking, cheaper, more expensive. At the end of the day I'd take any of the bloody things. Think about it, a 911, a Vantage and an M6 - all obscenely brilliant cars in their own right ! Just my 2 bobs worth !
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think its good that Prodrive is offering parts for the Vantage. These cars should be fun. And making them your own is part of the process. Besides, who wouldn't want a 420hp version of the Vantage? Prodrive has released the full set of specs here http://www.motorator.com/blog/european-car-performance-parts/aston-martin-v8-vantage-performance-parts-from-prodrive/
      • 8 Years Ago
      who cares, aston martin can't go aginst a 911 even if they were dreaming

      aston should be left to what if is a luxury cruiser - an STi would run circlies around even the modified version of this Aston, but once you consider prestige, cruising and luxury the STi is just another car in front of it
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