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.