The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage is 503bhp of Mercedes-engined beauty
The entry level Aston has been given the exact refresh it has been yearning for
After shifting the company firmly into the future with the exquisite DB11, Aston Martin has added a second product to its new era of design through the DB10-inspired two-seater Vantage.
The new Vantage has been designed with a push towards an 'analogue' approach, making it standout out as a singular product in the Aston range. Whilst the previous generation was a tad soft and could easily get lost amongst the rest of the company's range, this new specimen should muscle its way onto its own design pedestal.
The standout aesthetic feature of the sportscar is a much lower, aggressive front grille (very much reminiscent of the DB10 from Spectre and the Vulcan track car) which leads into a single clamshell bonnet. No garish air vents disturb the flowing engine cover but a subtle bulge is needed to maximise airflow to the turbochargers.
Traditional Aston Martin lines course down the side of the car in the shape of large cut-outs that begin at the front wheel arch, reducing drag and expelling pressure from the front wheels.
Huge changes have been made at the rear of the car also, with Aston opting for a large rear diffuser for the first time in any of its mainstream production cars. The low-slung front, upturned bootlid and flat underbody also aid the car in terms of producing downforce, making the Vantage a much more honed and capable performance car prospect.
Using the same Mercedes-AMG V8 as the lesser-engined DB11, the 4.0-litre displacement is aided by a couple of turbochargers, making for outputs of 503bhp and 505lb ft respectively. That's a tiny bit of fettling over and above the unit found in the V8 DB11 and sees the Vantage fall just 70bhp or so beneath its full-fat big sister.
The 911-rival will reach 62mph in 3.6 seconds and top out at 195mph, and those numbers will definitely take another leap into supercar territory once a future V12 Vantage inevitably rears its head.
Keeping the purists happy, Aston has declared that a hybrid Vantage won't be on the cards until the next generation after this, so there's still plenty of time to enjoy the car purely powered by internal combustion. On that note, a manual gearbox variant is definitely in the pipeline, meaning that those of an analogue persuasion can dump the ZF eight-speed transmission for three pedals.
This new regime at Aston Martin is planning to release seven new cars in the next seven years and - judging by this striking design - Aston Martin is certainly set on moving away from the sumptuous British lines of the past generation. Priced at £120,900, it's certainly priced like an Aston, and expect to see them prowling streets near you in the middle of 2018.
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