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This is the all-new Aston Martin Vantage

Jeff Glucker November 21, 2017 Cars You Should Know 10 Comments

Say hello to a brand-new Vantage.

This is Aston Martin’s latest machine to wear a name that goes back to 1951. Today it’s applied to a vehicle that doesn’t just continue on with a storied legacy, but rockets the Vantage into the future.

It’s aggressively styled. From the oversized grille to the integrated rear ducktail and massive diffuser, there’s a lot to take in here. With its short wheelbase, it appears eager and ready for action and the aero elements should help keep that action firmly planted to the ground.

Inside the cabin space, you’ll find a more focused cockpit compared not just to Vantages of old but to the latest DB11 as well. This is the sports car, the drivers car, compared to the more grand touring nature of the larger DB11.

Without an engine to power it, of course, a car like this is nothing more than rolling art. Thankfully, Aston Martin have fitted the Vantage with an AMG-developed 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. It’s set low in the chassis and far enough back that the engineers have created a 50:50 weight distribution. B

ring the engine to life with a press of a button and you have 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. That peak torque figure runs from 2k rpm up through 5k rpm, which coupled with a dry weight of 3300 lbs means copious vehicular shenanigans are a mere throttle blip away.

Like the other modern Aston Martin products, the engine is controlled through a rear-mounted ZF 8spd gearbox. Press the paddle to call up first gear, and you can move from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and onward to a 195 mile per hour top speed. Aston Martin’s most sporting model is all-new and appears to be better than ever.

It goes on sale now with a starting price of $150k. Stay tuned because we’ll tell you how it drives in the very near future…

  • I really like this design. I sometimes think that Aston might not go far enough evolutionarily, but I really think they nailed it here.

  • Victor

    Ship one to the Nurburgring so I can give it a workout ?

  • tonyola

    Most of it looks good. However, as for the front end with its low-mounted grille…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDGlN6mluGA

  • I dig it. The Aston look is long overdue a fresh approach, and the missing front lower section reminds me of how mean demolition derby cars look when they’re prepped for race.

    • Rover 1

      The first Demo Derby Aston?

  • fede

    It looks like the one for the last bond movie but better, the rear lights and duck tail may be the best part
    I’m glad they’re trying something different

    • Monkey10is

      In theory the Bond car was a preview of the DB11 (I remember they publicised it with a made up model designation – DB10 perhaps?)
      This car is now the DB11’s kid brother — as Jeff explained — so it makes sense you are still seeing the bloodline of the Bond car here.

  • Zentropy

    Maybe I’m getting old. It’s elegant and speaks (in whispers) the AM language, but it’s honestly somewhat dull. The profile is aggressive, the rear taillight treatment is interesting (though nothing else about the rear is), and the rear 3/4 perspective is ok. From the windshield forward, though, this car seriously lacks character, and could have been made by anyone. It’s definitely not childhood-bedroom-poster-worthy.

  • Vairship

    At 1:15 is someone heating their lunch on the engine? Taquitos are ready!

  • I’m also not a fan of the grille, the shape is OK but the huge expanse of flat perforated sheet metal needs work.

    Also they covered the entire engine with plastic and decided that the part of the engine worth seeing are those foil wrapped hoses?