New Aston Martin Vantage – Thoughts?

The new Aston Martin Vantage is here, and it's dividing opinion like nothing else I can recall this year.

2y ago


The coming of the new Aston Martin Vantage has been something of a nervous wait for me. Aston's new aesthetic direction that they first showcased on the DB11 hasn't been one I've warmed to, primarily because it appears to me to be a step backwards from their now defunct design language.  

The old Vantage was a car I was particularly fond of, so much so, that on a list of the Top 15 Most Beautiful Cars Ever Made, I ranked the old V8 Vantage at No1. Whether you agree with that or not, I think we can all agree that we wanted the new Vantage to also be a stunner. Despite my reservations, I wanted nothing more than the new Vantage to steal every ounce of breath out of my lungs with a beauty I had not encountered before. And now, after all this time, the new Vantage is finally here. And this is what it looks like...  

With any new Aston, the looks are of the utmost importance. Nobody buys an Aston because they're dynamically sharper than the competition – because they aren't; nobody buys an Aston because they're amazingly less expensive than anything else – because they're not; and nobody buys an Aston because they can outpace anything when the throttle hits the floor – because they can't. People buy them because the car bewitched them with its phenomenally beautiful outer skin, and its heavenly engine and soundtrack. 

I've seen a few people say that they like how the new Vantage looks – but I've seen far more people say that they think it looks rather ugly. And, despite awaiting it with the most open of minds, I am really rather heartbroken to say that I too think it's something of a minger.  

To my eyes, it almost looks like a DB10 that's been taken by Rockstar, and dissected into a Grand Theft Auto Online rip-off. The front looks like it's having half a face transplant, and the back looks completely deformed, like it's melting in zero-gravity.  

In hindsight then, from my perspective at least, waiting for the new Vantage was a process akin to sitting over a toilet, waiting to vomit; you can feel it coming, and when it happens, you know it isn't going to be pretty. But now I want to know what you guys think of the new Vantage? Are you loving the way it looks? Or have you been left feeling sick? You can vote below.  

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Comments (15)

  • Good article, as usual, but I have to disagree. Instantly I absolutely loved this. It could be, for me, the best looking car in years.

    It shows that modern doesn't mean looking like a computer mouse, or having vents and lines thrown everywhere, like the MB Project One. So just like the old Vantage, it won't date in hurry.

    Short and long of it is, I absolutely love the way it looks.

      2 years ago
    • Thanks mate. Haha! No worries. As I've said many times before, aesthetics are by far a way the most subjective element about a car.

        2 years ago
  • Bit late in adding a comment, but simply put, the car is a dog.

    An Aston is meant to swoon, it is meant to be desirable, but this smacks of chasing new money from classless rappers, footballers and C list celebrities wanting attention. Can anyone imagine Bond (Connery) or timeless Grace Kelly stepping out of this car in Monaco? It isn't suitable at all, Aston are obsessed with the ruddy 'ring and lap times.

    Now, as an aside can anyone tell me what car/prototype is in this picture? It appears to have an Aston badge and from silhouette to wheels it is a clean design that would have sold well.

      1 year ago
    • Couldn't agree more, buddy.

      The car at the link you posted is an Aston Martin DBC. Unfortunately, it's just a virtual concept of what a mid-engined Aston could look like. Here's more information on it......

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        1 year ago
  • The Spectre Aston wasn't easy for me to begin with, it looked unfinished and especially the head lights to me were a bit of an insult, like cheap cutouts on a kit car made in someones shed. Then along came the DB11 with its astonishing silhouette, a rear that might not appeal to anyone (it worked for me !) and again - these head lights ! I was asking myself - what happened to the beautiful predecessors that resembled the great classics with their timeless shape ?? What was wrong with those ? And now they top it off with this... I honestly can't understand the head light design but that might be open to debate. BUT I think the grill is beyond good and evil... how can the people in charge decide this even looks finished ? It simply looks like something is missing. I hear the term "bad miata bodykit" quite often from designer friends and thats not a good sign. Sometimes it's a matter of taste but sometimes I think you have to call a spade a spade....

      2 years ago
  • At first glance I thought it was too fussy but it is beginning to grow on me now. There is a lot of DB10 in the design. It looks way better in a more muted colour, the lurid yellow is just horrid. Aston (and also Bentley) seem to want to feel they can attract more customers if they offer versions dressed up like a Lamborghini but I don’t think it works. They are damaging their brands in order to make a quick buck. Go on the configurator, select skyfall silver and the world is OK again!

      2 years ago
    • Despite what I think, I do believe a lot of people will find that it grows on them, just as it has you. Logic tells me that the initial shock that occurs when something turns out to be massively different from the tradition more often than not...

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        2 years ago
  • Well I agree with you. The last really good looking modern Aston for me is the vanquish. Now that's an Aston Martin. This and the DB11 for me heralds the departure of their classy timeless design. An Aston just has to look good and that's it, nothing more is expected of them anyway. This is makes me feel like Mercedes is blackmailing the styling department. 😂

      2 years ago
    • Thanks! I agree with you about the Vanquish. The daunting part is however, in 9 months time, the new Vanquish will be here. We can only live in hope that it turns out to be beautiful.

        2 years ago
    • Speaking completely out of context here (probably not) ... I really like the new Polestar 1. Probably because I'm working on developing it 😀

        2 years ago