Until recently, Aston Martin had been relying on stylish designs but aging engineering since its separation from Ford in 2007. It’s also got a solid-mounted subframe, which the company claims adds a direct connection between auto and driver.
While the transmission is notable for its revised ratios – again, compared to those used in the DB11 – Gaydon is pitching the car’s new E-Diff as the real game changer. Instead, the Vantage is the most popular Aston Martin, and as the best-selling model in the British producer’s line-up, it is a heavily anticipated vehicle.
Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage has been with us for 12 years now, but the 4.7-litre V8-powered sports vehicle is at last being granted a well-earned retirement.
The sole engine on offer is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which you’ll find in the DB11. The Vantage is equipped with Mercedes-Benz. Performance is impressive: 0-62mph takes 3.7 seconds and top speed is 195mph.
To finish it off, new light signatures give the Vantage unmistakable road presence. Its CO2 emissions are 245g/km and it can return 26mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle. A manual gearbox is due to follow next year.
On the inside, the Vantage features a dynamic and focused sports vehicle cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines. The systems are all linked and can be adjusted between Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes. The roof of the Vantage has a similar “double-bubble” shape of the beloved Vantage Zagato, and looks remarkably well on the vehicle in combination with the bold rear diffusers. Now there’s a new Vantage and it stands out even more from the DB11, and it does it with 503 horsepower.
Other kit includes satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, Aston Martin Sound System and a centrally-mounted eight-inch LCD screen.
The new Vantage is on sale now with a recommended retail price from £120,900 in the United Kingdom, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the USA.
Aston Martin has unveiled the all-new Vantage, the long-awaited replacement for the V8 Vantage, which was introduced over 10 years ago. There’s plenty of Alcantara and leather – a full leather interior is an option – with pleasing touches like saddle leather door-pulls, rotary and toggle-switch HVAC controls, and fixed paddle-shifters that the automaker says have been given particular attention with regards their tactile feel. Laudably, Aston has not minced its words in that regard: the coupe is intended as a thoroughbred sports vehicle. These choices will all cost you less than £60,000 – that’s half the price of the new Vantage. From the DB11 grand tourer (starting at $200,000) to track-focused hypercar the Vulcan (starting at much higher), the English luxury vehicle maker has been impressing critics and customers.
The new Vantage is expected to be powered by Mercedes-AMG’s 4-litre twin-turbo petrol engine following an engine deal that the two companies signed back in 2013. In person, it’s somehow more striking than the DB11 in that it looks insane.