British performance car specialist, Aston Martin, has revealed its new most accessible model with a successor to the Vantage which first appeared in 2005.
For the new model, Aston’s designers have pushed the envelope, ditching the Mini-Me DB-inspired look of the previous model for new, more athletic visuals which feature more than a passing resemblance to the bespoke DB10 movie car that starred in the 2014 James Bond film Spectre.
The new Vantage is positioned as a more aggressive two-seat sports car aimed at Porsche, leaving the softer grand-touring DB11 as a more luxurious model in its own right.
“It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history,” said Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer.
“Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation. I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created: a new Vantage that’s more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package.”
“A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for.”
Beneath the taut exterior the Vantage is based on the the same new-generation aluminium platform as the DB11. Engineers made the Vantage smaller and lighter with more focused dynamics than the 2+2 GT DB11, a move Aston Martin acknowledges was required to separate and define its cars better.
The Vantage’s form takes on a leaner look in profile, with aggression dialled in via exaggerated details that signal the new car’s intent.
It’s front-end is dominated by an oversized version of Aston’s trademark grille that reaches all the way to the bumper’s lower lip. Behind the intake air fences at either end work with side gills behind the front wheel arches to direct air for greater aerodynamic effect.
The underbody also works in conjunction with the oversized rear diffuser to generate additional downforce, along with the raised bootlid spoiler, which the British firm claims is “a rarity on any production car and a first for a core production Aston Martin model.”
The theatrical design continues into the Vantage’s cockpit, which is dominated by a pyramid-style layout for its drive selector buttons at the base of the centre console, as well as body coloured trim highlights, snug sports seats and digital elements that use Mercedes-Benz’ latest electrical hardware as part of Aston’s tie-up with parent company, Daimler.
That relationship also extends under the bonnet, where the Vantage uses the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as the AMG GT it will compete with. In the Aston, it produces identical outputs of 375kW and 685Nm and drives the rear wheels through an electronically-controlled limited slip differential via an eight-speed automatic transaxle, giving it the ability to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and onto a top speed 313km/h.
The chassis has been tuned to deliver more dynamic attributes than the DB11, with up to 70 percent of its basic structure unique to the Vantage. The steering, for example, is sharper, with just 2.4 turns lock-to-lock, sharper settings for the adaptive suspension, and Pirelli P Zero tyres specifically developed for the car.
While Aston Martin has yet to confirm any more official details, it has previously insisted that a manual transmission will be made available in the Vantage and that a higher-powered Vantage S will be added to the range at a later date.
Less likely for the new generation Vantage however is a direct replacement for the Vantage V12, which had the company’s big 6.0-litre V12 stuffed in the nose of the compact coupe.
Final pricing and specification details for Australian versions will be confirmed closer to the Vantage’s arrival later in 2018.