Spied: Aston Martin Vantage getting a facelift

Aston Martin seems to have all the trick in the hat of late, the last one pulled to please all sports car lovers is the Rapide which could be the coolest 4-door speed monster to date. Back in 2009, Aston Martin injected some steroid under the hood of the Vantage in the form of a V12 engine which gave the car a little more oomp-hold-on-to-your-seats performance. Aston Martin seems to be preparing the Vantage for a facelift and the grand tourer has been caught on cam.

Seen on testing on the road, the Aston Martin mule seem to sport the side skirts of the Vantage but looks more aggressive with its vented hood, carbon fiber lip spoiler, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. It actually features a mix of the V8 and V12 Vantage.

Aston Facelift

What is under the hood is not clear. It could be a V-12 powerplant which can muscle its way through the cold weather environment. It could also be a V-8 Vantage with more aggressive exteriors.

It could not be a new engine under the hood since it is too soon since the V8 got its beefing up for the 2009 model. It got a steroid boost coming from 4.3L with an output of 380 horsepower to a 4.7L monster with 420 horsepower. The V-12, meanwhile is still staying put with its 510 horsepower output. It will still be a few years before we see Aston Martin bolting a new engine to the Vantage.

The spied Aston Martin Vantage also has a new 19-inch 10 spoke wheels and seat upgrades which makes the car lighter by about 35 pounds. The sound system also goes boom with a Bang & Olufsen 1,000-watt stereo system.

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