Aston Martin have just unveiled the all-new Vantage. Unsurprisingly, it’s fit for gawping but it also comes with a whole load of new performance and aesthetical features which Aston hope will bring a new audience to its ‘entry-level’ model.
The new Vantage may not be Aston Martin’s signature car – that title belongs to the DB – and it may not be their most bold – the Valkyrie wins in that department – but it is arguably their most important. The Vantage has long been the company’s best-selling model and on an existential level, it also epitomises the brand’s blend of performance, luxury, and beauty.
Thankfully, we think they’re on to a winner. This Vantage raises the bar in all three areas. Firstly, let’s talk speed. The new Vantage comes with bucketloads. And this is thanks to its growling twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter Mercedes-Benz V8 engine which was used in the DB11. It’s tuned to produce 505lb ft of torque at 2000-5000rpm, and can achieve 0-62mph in 3.6sec and a top speed of 195mph.
The Vantage is perfectly balanced too, with 50% of its weight over the front and 50% over the rear. Lightweight metal alloys and composite materials help keep the car’s weight down too, meaning it comes in at a mere 1,495kgs on the scales – a good 250kgs lighter than the DB11.
Aesthetically, we think it’s a peach too. Some slightly broader hips, more chiselled cheekbones and some really aggressive aerodynamic add-ons give the new Vantage a more menacing look than its predecessor. The Vantage’s designers have likened the shape to that of a shark: always in motion, seeking its prey. We like the idea of riding a shark as it happens…
Other highlights include the traditional ‘hill climb’ Aston grille, a two-pipe dual exhaust system, and front and rear spoilers which keep things steady on the track. The narrow horizontal headlamps are also inspired by those on the car Aston custom-designed for the last James Bond movie, Spectre.
Inside, the signature Aston Martin ‘waterfall’ has been replaced by a more practical, sporty set-up, while Benz (who hold a 5% state in Aston) have provided the dashboard and entertainment screens. Wood and leather naturally features heavily and the infotainment controller will house a 7-speed manual transmission – a rarity in contemporary sports cars.
The new Aston Martin Vantage is on sale now with prices starting at £120,900 in the UK. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018. Head over to the Aston Martin Website for more details.