Aston Martin has significantly increased the engine output for the newest version of its Vantage entry-level sports car in line with its strategy to sell the most powerful model in each category it competes in.
The Vantage's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine supplied by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division now has 656 hp, up from 503 hp.
The performance boost gives the two-seat sports car more power than the Porsche 911 Turbo S, a key rival.
The Vantage can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0-97 kph) in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 mph (325 kph), Aston Martin said in a statement.
The Vantage's update follows the launch of the larger DB12 sports car last year, the first model introduced after Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll took control of the U.K. automaker. The 670-hp DB12 outpowers the 611-hp Ferrari Roma, which also uses a front-mounted turbocharged V-8.
The new Vantage will account for around a fifth of Aston Martin’s overall sales, which would make it the company’s second best-seller behind the DBX SUV, the automaker forecasts.
No prices have been released, but the Vantage is expected to sell for around 165,000 pounds ($208,000), a 32 percent increase on the base price of the outgoing model.