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Aston Martin debuts new Vantage

By  November 21, 2017

Aston Martin has just released a striking new generation of their bread and butter sports car, the Vantage.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

Text by Bryce Womeldurf
Photography by Drew Gibson, courtesy of Aston Martin
For additional information see the press release.

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