The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage has been revealed in near-production form
The first pictures have been revealed of the new generation of Aston Martin Vantage which, as you can see, takes quite a bit of inspiration from the DB10 Bond car.
Due to be revealed officially by the end of the year, the Vantage is throwing its operatic naturally aspirated V8 from old into the bin and is now continuing the partnership with AMG through the use of a twin-turbocharged V8. That will inevitably mean more power and torque (something that was somewhat missing from the entry Vantage models of yesteryear) but it is yet to be heard whether these new powertrains will emulate the iconic roar of the outgoing 4.3- and 4.7-litre units.
The new engine will almost certainly be the same motor found in the new DB11 V8, with the 4.0-litre twin-turbo set to produce around 500bhp - a 70bhp jump over the current generation V8 Vantage. That should see the 0-62mph drop to the 4.0-second mark as well as ascending the top speed to over 190mph.
The AMG engine will probably be offered with the option of a six-speed manual 'box or a twin-clutch transmission, showing that Aston still believe in the art of the traditional sportscar.
What else do we know? The new Vantage will use a new Aluminium structure that will essentially be a short-wheelbase DB11. This will ensure an increase in rigidity which should in-turn improve the car's dynamic abilities.
In time, the new Vantage will inevitably inherit the V12 from the DB11, producing that hotrod recipe that has made the current V12 Vantage one of the most exciting cars the company has ever produced. An AMR track car will probably follow these releases in the coming years but the standard Vantage will join a group of brand new vehicles that will flesh out the range of cars being produced at Gaydon.
With a DBX SUV, a Lagonda and the electric RapidE all in the pipeline ready to be expand the brand into different markets, it really is an exciting time to be an Aston Martin fan.