Aston Martin has announced the New Vantage, a model that has been a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models, the Vantage nameplate has been worn by some true icons. First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans and the much-loved V8 Vantage.
The new Aston Martin Vantage’s design in pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.
Aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the rear of the car.
Together with the new side gills, which have been integrated into the body surface and bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches, and the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the Vantage generates a significant level of downforce; a rarity on any production car and a first for a core production Aston Martin model.
Moving inside, the cabin’s sports car cockpit features sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combination of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functionality. Likewise, the PRND transmission buttons have been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones. The interior also offers generous stowage space, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas.
Aston Martin Vantage: 4.0-liter twin turbo for pure exhilaration
The heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s potent new alloy, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The engine, mated to an rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, develops 510PS at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm.
The car hits 0 – 100 km/h in about 3.7 seconds and achieves a top speed of 313 km/h. With a dry weight of 1530kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack.
it employs a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems, including Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. At the same time, the speed-dependent electric power steering has 2.4 turns lock-to-lock for an outstanding combination of responsiveness and precise, intuitive control. For the first time on an Aston Martin the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system.
The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, though some 70 per cent of the structure’s components are new for Vantage. Highlights of the chassis include a solidly mounted rear subframe for an enhanced feeling of direct connection for the driver, new Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for new Vantage and the latest generation Adaptive Damping System which incorporates Skyhook technology and offers the choice of Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes.
The Vantage features a high level of standard equipment, including keyless start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system, parking distance display, park assist and front and rear parking sensors. The In-Car Entertainment system, controlled and viewed via a centrally mounted 8-inch LCD screen, comprises of the Aston Martin Audio System, Bluetooth audio and phone streaming and USB playback and an integrated satellite navigation system.
Aston Martin Vantage: Craftsmanship at the highest level
Being an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features a high level of craftsmanship, evidenced by flawless paintwork, luxurious Alcantara® and leather upholstery and the levels of finish optimised through the use of tactile natural materials of the highest quality. There is also extensive scope for personalisation via a generous choice of options. These include forged alloy wheels in a variety of finishes, Sports Plus Collection (comprising Sports Plus seats and Sports steering), carbon fiber interior and exterior detailing and a Premium Audio System.
The new Vantage has rolled out to dealerships at a starting price of 154,000 euros or USD 149,995 with deliveries slated for the second quarter of 2018.
Edited: Aston Martin