Aston Martin has confirmed full details for its new-generation Vantage.
The British brand officially launched the striking coupe in Melbourne ahead of this weekend's Australian Formula One Grand Prix, where it expands on its relationship with the Red Bull Racing F1 team as a major partner.
The Vantage is officially on-sale in Australia now and will cost from $299,950 (plus on-road costs) with the first customer deliveries expected to arrive down under from around July.
The car is the second all-new model line in Aston's 'second century plan' following the DB11, which first launched as a V12-powered coupe and is now available with a twin-turbo V8 - the first time a DB-series car has been offered with a choice of engines - as well as a Volante (Aston speak for convertible) that was launched alongside the Vantage in Melbourne.
The Vantage and DB11 will be joined by five additional models as part of an expanded line-up, with the next-generation Vanquish grand tourer due to be revealed in July then followed by the DBX crossover in 2019, a mid-engined supercar to rival the likes of the Ferrari 488GTB and Lamborghini Huracan and a pair of ultra-luxurious electric cars under the revived Lagonda brand, starting with an SUV first in 2020 and joined by a bold-looking limousine in 2021 that was previewed as a concept car at the recent Geneva motor show.
That is separate to the Valkyrie hypercar being co-developed by Red Bull Racing, a limited run of all-electric RapidE four-door sedans and a raft of limited edition models under development.
Like the DB11 Volante, which will cost from $398,495 (plus on-roads), the Vantage is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that is developed by Mercedes-AMG as part of Aston's technical tie-up with parent company Daimler. In the lithe two-door, it produces 375kW and 675Nm and drives the rear wheels through a rear-mounted eight-speed automatic, giving it a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
While the price is a significant jump over the outgoing - and ageing, Vantage, which starts at $218,895 (plus on-roads), the new car is significantly improved in all aspects, with the ability to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 314km/h.
"The Vantage is stripped, raw and focussed," said Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.
"With lines inspired by the DB10's design language and the dramatic forms of the Aston Martin Vulcan, it's a car that transforms the traditional exterior cues of an Aston Martin sports car as we redefine and grow the marque's model range."
The DB11 Volante, on the other hand, is a much more traditional Aston Martin. Designed alongside the coupe from the outset, but exclusively offered with only the V8 engine, it features an insulated fabric roof that stows under a sleek tonneau cover in under 14 seconds and raises back in place in 16 seconds. It can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h (even against a 50km/h headwind) while driving or remotely from the key fob as you approach the car.
Aston Martin says that only 10 DB11 Volantes will be available in Australia in 2018. It expects the Vantage to be significantly more popoular, with a waiting list that already stretches in 2019.
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