German tuner Hamann will soon offer its new tuning program for the gorgeous 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe, as well as for the more frivolous V8 Vantage Roadster. While many tuning studios out there often try to sell you appearance kits that are painfully exaggerated, sometimes vulgar, and often simply lacking in the good taste department, Hamann does the job with a sense of grace that you only acquire with decades of experience in the business of selling to people things they don’t need at a price they cannot afford.
As usual, the program will include a discreet-looking aero kit, a customized suspension and an inevitable ECU engine upgrade.
The body kit will include a lower front bumper fascia with two-piece side spoilers, a pair of side skirts, rear deck lid spoiler and three-piece diffuser with rear center spoiler. All these parts are made of fiber glass or carbon. Painted the same color as the rest of the vehicle, the parts blend nicely into the gorgeous exterior of the vehicle looking as organic as stock ones: something that you rarely see when it comes to appearance kits for vehicles as extreme as the V8 Vantage.
Well, somebody at Hamann apparently decided that, after all those successful performances of the brand on closed tracks, there also must be a Le Mans GT-style roof mounted air scoop to attract the suckers, but, well, you don’t really have to buy the part if you feel like it is just too much for a steet-legal vehicle that has always been marketed as a ‘gentleman’s sports car’. Gentlemen don’t need all these flashy, non-functional things on their vehicles, do we?
Hamann wouldn’t be true to its roots if it hasn’t supplied the upgraded car with a choice of nice light-weight rims. This Aston Martin V8 Vantage by Hamann, for example, sits on a set of Hamann EDITION RACE 21-inch wheels that nicely accent the overall ‘organic’ design of the body with their aggressively contrasting screw-heads and multi-spoke layout of the blacked-out central part. Of course, you may occasionally find the ultra-thin rubber that is required by these huge rims somewhat uncomfortable on less than perfect roads, but in return you get superior control on a track, as well as a chance to equip the vehicle with larger brakes giving all these hundreds of horses under the bonnet the much-needed stopping power.
Speaking of control, the kit may also be ordered with new chassis springs lowering its center of gravity by some 20 and 30 millimeters on the rear and front axles respectively minimizing the chance of a roll-over and also reducing the body-roll in tight corners.
With its huge V8 powerplant, the vehicle doesn’t really need it, but there is also a minor ECU upgrade (sorry guys, but different sources supply different figures, but I guess it will give you a couple of dozens of horses to the available herd) and a new custom exhaust system for a chance to squeeze extra 20hp out of the stock motor.
See also: 2008 Aston Martin DBS