Carmakers have a habit of releasing vague teaser images when it comes to announcing upcoming models as a way of creating excitment. Aston Martin has proven they are no exception to this rule with this teaser for the upcoming all-new Vantage model, because it shows us nothing at all aside from a car completely hidden under a sheet.
All we can make out from the image is the one-piece rear light-bar as part of what is a much-needed complete redesign for the model. We can make out a discreet rear spoiler, it all seems to utilise the current Aston Martin design language as seen in the current DB11 and Vanquish models.
The outgoing model managed to stay current for over a decade from its original launch, featuring a variance of engines and models ranging from eight and twelve-cylinders along with the occasional super-light track focused version alongside the garden variety ones.
You can expect the new Vantage to go straight up against the likes of the Porsche 911 and the McLaren 540c. It will, of course, be the ‘entry’ level route into Aston Martin ownership where it sits below the recent V8 powered DB11 model in the pecking order.
The new Vantages power will come from the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 motor giving it around the 500bhp mark in terms of output. Rumours also suggest that buyers could be given the option of a proper manual six-speed box alongside the now familiar eight-speed automatic option.
Using the previous Vantage model’s progression as a benchmark, we would also expect a fire-breathing V12 model (oh yes please) to break cover in the next few years along with a super-light track-focused version – please make both of these happen Aston, as it will make us happy.
From the camo’d shots (and uncamoed) of the test mule at the Nurburgring, the upcoming Vantage sports a muscular styling setup with a hunkered down stance and generally looks a bit tougher than the outgoing car, which can only be a good thing.
The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage will be unveiled in November, with prices expected to be around £120,000.
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