Aston Martin has just released a striking new generation of their bread and butter sports car, the Vantage.
Design-wise some exterior cues can be seen as coming from their DB11 grand tourer and the more aggressive Vulcan race car, but with a new bold direction of its own. The front is very striking as are the details.
The new Vantage lacks the cut-looking fender vents of the DB11, instead having functional side vents that blend into the fender more organically. Overall it’s a curvier design that is both sensual and aggressive.
This generation marks a break with Aston using their own engines, instead employing a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 sourced from their partners at Mercedes-AMG, but tuned by Aston Martin’s engineers to suit Aston Martin’s driving character and, almost as importantly, suit the sound of an Aston Martin.
Shifting is handled by a close ratio ZF 8-speed automatic transmission mounted in the rear that chooses the best gear based on how much power the driver is asking for compared with the road conditions that it senses.
Aston Martin’s Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj was quoted as saying: “As an automotive engineer the challenge is always the same: to achieve greater efficiency in every area of the car. With an unashamed sports car such as an all-new Aston Martin Vantage you have another challenge – the relentless pursuit of greater emotion and excitement. Not only have we massively improved the hardware of this new Vantage, we’ve invested it with true heart and soul.”
Some quick specs on the new Vantage:
- Maximum speed is 195mph; 0-60 in 3.5 seconds
- 510PS (503HP) @ 6000rpm and 685Nm (505ftlb) @ 2000-5000rpm
- Dry weight of 1,530kg (3,373lb)
- 400mm cast-iron discs at the front, with ventilated 360mm discs at the rear, gripped by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers
- Electronic Rear Differential – first time used on an Aston Martin
- E-Diff and Dynamic Torque Vectoring linked to Dynamic Stability Control System
- Latest generation Adaptive Damping System with Skyhook
- Speed-dependent electric power steering with 2.4 turns lock-to-lock
- Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.
- Price starts at $149,995 in the USA