Here's All The Good And Bad About The New Aston Martin Vantage's Design
When Aston Martin pulled the sheet off the brand-new Vantage a couple weeks ago, opinions were pretty split on its looks: some jaws hit the floor, and others were holding back insults. Carfection's resident ceiling-scraper Henry Catchpole was allowed to get up close and personal with the new baby Aston, and gave us some good insights on how it measures up. That is, if you can bear to look at it.
The old Vantage was always going to be a tough act to follow, what with being one of the greatest-looking cars of all time and all; the markedly different but still shockingly pretty DB11 was supposedly an indicator that they would be able to make it work. But though Catchpole is a fan of the new design, not everyone agreed:
But the other side of the aisle was vocal too:
Most will agree that it's not all great news on the inside. The new arrowhead-style gearbox button arrangement look terrific, but the lumpy-squircle steering wheel follows in the DB11's footsteps in the wrong way. And what is up with those air vents? The rest is good, though. Not great, but good. At least it's not as boring as the old Vantage's interior, which, save a few shiny details, could just as easily have come from a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr.
Of course, under the skin, the new Vantage is quantifiably better than the old car in pretty much every way. The new twin-turbo Mercedes V8 is obviously more powerful, but it also gets new anti-roll bars and rear suspension, along with a host of aero bits which should make it better to drive, even if the overall visual effect is some kind of techno-space-trout-thing. It's also designed to be frivolous and fun rather than a track monster or a cushy GT, and as Catchpole notes, it might even get a manual gearbox at some time in the future.
What do you think of the new Vantage? Let us know in the comments!