Aston Martin to spruce up Vantage range for 2010  

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Aston Martin is readying a range of personalisation options for the V8 Vantage range for 2010. Last night our spies in the Midlands snapped these shots of a metallic blue Aston Vantage near the Gaydon HQ, showing off some of the model year changes due for the Vantage.

It turns out it was a 2010 MY test unit. Changes made include a magnum silver bonnet, new optional 10-spoke forged 19-inch alloy wheels with diamond turned and silver finish, and clear rear lights. The interior can be specified with new optional lightweight seats with kevlar and carbon fibre construction. Weight savings from these amount to 17kg (37 lbs). There is also an optional 1,000W B&O hi-fi system to suit every musical taste.

The blue car we scooped is registered as a V8 with the regular 4.7-litre lump, not the 6.0-litre bent 12 in the V12 Vantage. Yet its slightly confused dress sense, mixing styling cues from V8 and V12, was what caught our photographer's attention in the first place. It is, apparently, an engineering hack and not totally representative of the finished car revealed in the first official picture.

Through transmission ratio alterations and software remapping the 2010 V8 Vantage is said to emit an average of 315g/km in C02 gases, down from 328g/km. With the Sportshift gearbox that figure drops even further to 300g/km.

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