• Apr 21st 2010 at 4:57PM
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Or is that a V12 Vantage? Looking at the pics of this Aston Martin test car snapped by our crack team of spies, it's tough to say if we're looking at a refreshed V8-powered Vantage Roadster, or what might in fact be a V12 Vantage Roadster. Either way, we dig the new wheels.

If you tiptoe through the gallery, you're sure to notice what's new. Namely, and aside from the gray carbon-look wheels, a carbon fiber front splitter and a rear carbon fiber diffuser. Whatever the engine, the Aston Martin Vantage has been one of the flat out sexiest cars available since it debuted in 2005 – but that doesn't mean it's not getting long in the tooth. So Aston very well might be performing a mild mid-cycle refresh of their baby coupe and convertible by grafting on the ground effects from the 510 horsepower V12 Vantage.

Or, alternatively, and hey-why-not, this could in fact be an all new V12 Vantage Roadster. All that's missing from the V12 coupe is the wildly louvered/scalloped hood. We already know how good the 4.7-liter V8 sounds when the Vantage's top is dropped. We can hardly imagine how breathtaking the big 6.0-liter V12 would sound crammed into the Vantage's teeny engine bay while the wind whistles through our hair. Whatever this test mule turns out to be, we'll keep you posted.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      .... I can't see the differences. I love the new 4.7 liter engine though. From that shot it reminds me a bit of S2000. Get a better Navi system please Aston Martin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aston Martin V8 Vantage = LOVE

      seriously my favorite sports car for a while now, it already looks so good i have no idea what they can change to make it look better
      • 5 Years Ago
      dayuuuuum; I need a cigarette just looooooking at this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, the Sparco racing seats are a nice touch! :D

      I love this color btw!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want a picture of the hardtop Vantage, in this color, with silver wheels.

      Damn, that is hot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One more thing...

        I hope the previous year's side mirrors can be re-fitted.

        What the hell is with all of the side-mirrors getting to be as big as barn doors anymore? EVERYTHING is getting bigger and bigger side view mirrors.

        Do the bureaucrats that are likely regulating this junk realize that that adds DRAG, and that the previous mirrors weren't too small to function?
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      thanks for covering up the new bits with WWW.AUTOBLOG.COM, very useful
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've just ran the numberplate through a check and it appears as an Aston Martin Vantage V8... problem solved :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will likely never be an Aston owner, so they should not care about my opinion.

      However, I find the Aston to be like so many Mustangs. Variants all the time that I vary so very little as to be uninteresting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just wanted you to know, I opened all 3 browsers on my computer to rank you down multiple times.
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