Aston Martin has revealed the new Vantage, inspired by the Vulcan and the DB10.
The new Vantage is the second new car to come from Aston Martin as part of their “Seven Year Plan”. And for the first time in a long time, the Vantage actually looks slightly different to the DB11, albeit based on the same chassis.
Design wise, the new Vantage has a massive front grill, inspired by the Vulcan track car. It’s big, gapping grill has sufficient cooling for the AMG sourced twin turbo 4.0 V8. More on that later.
The bonnet is a single clamshell design, creases for a more refined look. The engine doesn’t require air vents cut into the bonnet, although a slight bump has been implemented to link the car to the old V12 Vantage design and to create room for under-bonnet airflow to the turbos.
The front side panels of the new Vantage have large side cuts just behind the front wheels, which represents the firm’s traditional side strakes and reduce pressure on the front tyres to minimize drag. The most noticeable change in styling is at the rear of the car, which is dominated by a large, downforce-generating diffuser, another first for a mainstream production Aston. Another noticeable design feature of the rear end is the single light strip which houses the indicators, brake lights and presumably the reversing light. The new Vantage has no active aerodynamics but instead generates all its downforce through the design of the body.
Now, the engine. The Vantage has been designed around the AMG twin turbo 4.0 V8 engine used in the DB11. It has been slightly tuned to produce 505lb ft of torque at 2000-5000rpm, which is a small increase on the DB11. The Vantage can achieve 0-62mph in 3.6sec, with a top speed of 195mph. Aston Martin claims estimated fuel economy of 26.8mpg on the combined cycle, which is actually rather good for a car in this class. Like the previous Vantage, the car is being launched with the V8, but there is a possibility of a V12 model to come in the future.
At launch, the Vantage will come with a rear mounted 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox which promises quick gear changes. Said gearbox will have an electronic rear differential. For manual gearbox fans, one will come at some point in 2018.
The chassis is based on the same aluminium structure first used for the DB11, although Aston Martin says that 70% of the structure’s parts are new for the Vantage. The car has a curbweight of 1530kg. It features double-wishbone suspension at the front, with multi-link suspension at the rear. There is also adaptive damping, with three different drive modes: Sport, Sport Plus and Track. The overall feel of the new Vantage is supposed to be more driver focused than ever before.
The car comes as standard with 20in wheels at all four corners, and specially developed Pirelli P Zero tyres. The front wheels feature two-piece 400mm steel brakes, with 360mm ventilated co-cast discs at the back. Carbon-ceramic brakes will be offered as an option.
The new Vantage is 4465mm long and 2153mm wide (including mirrors), with a wheelbase of 2704mm. The Vantage will also have a 50/50 weight distribution. The car also features a 350-litre boot which is enough for weekend trips or some light shopping.
The interior of the new Vantage reflects on the design of the exterior, with a driver-focused layout that features a combination of rotary and toggle controls. The controls are grouped into clusters for different systems on a central feature. The switch gear also looks like it has been taken straight out of a Mercedes-AMG GT…which is no bad thing.
A leather and Alcantara interior, with a black leather steering wheel, is standard, and the range of optional carbon fibre extras is on offer for both the interior and exterior. The Vantage also features the same 8.0 inch LCD screen from the DB11 as standard, with smartphone integration for all your Apple CarPlay and Android Auto needs.
Aston Martin’s designers have worked on a range of interior and exterior personalisation options, which are grouped into sets to give the car a variety of looks. There will also be more personalised interior and exterior choices from Aston Martin’s Q division.
Prices for the new Vantage will start from £120,900 in the UK, with deliveries beginning in the second quarter of 2018. There will also likely be convertible, V12 and track-based models available further into its product life span.