Aston Martin has launched an all-new 503bhp AMG V8-powered Vantage, which will go on sale next year from £120,900.
Aston Martin has launched its all-new Vantage, a 503bhp AMG-V8-powered coupe that will go on sale from early next year. Prices start from £120,900, which pushes the Vantage into slightly higher territory than its slightly cheaper predecessor.
The new car shares virtually nothing with its predecessor, and while the new Vantage is based on the same platform architecture as the DB11, over 70 percent of the car’s components are all unique to the Vantage. Front and rear subframes are new, with the rear rigidly mounted to the body. The bushes, springs and adaptive Skyhook dampers have all been tuned to shift the emphasis from GT to sports car.
Up front is AMG’s latest ‘hot-vee’ 4.0-litre twin turbo V8, which produces 503bhp at 6000rpm and deploys all 505 lb ft of torque between 2000-5000rpm. The engine is pure AMG, although Aston Martin has designed a new exhaust and intake, as well as a specific engine map. It’s mounted a long way back in the chassis to help with weight distribution, sending power to a rear-mounted eight-speed ZF transmission.
Unlike many of it rivals, such as the Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes-AMG GT, the Vantage remains rear-wheel drive only, making use of an electronic differential to help get its power down in an effective (and entertaining) way.
Claimed performance is on the pace, with 0-62mph being dispatched in 3.6 seconds, and going onto a top speed of 195mph. Weight is estimated at upwards of 1600kg, given that the dry weight is quoted at 1530kg for the lightest version.
Styled by Marek Reichman, the Vantage makes a significant departure from the previous-generation’s look, but manages to retain the short and compact dimensions that made it unique in its class. It’s clearly a development of the style first seen in the concept DB10 too, the car used exclusively for the filming of the last James Bond film, Spectre. As with the DB11, the Vantage’s styling makes use of clever aerodynamic devices to keep the car free of spoilers and wings that would otherwise clutter the design.
Inside the cabin feels significantly different to the elegant but somewhat old fashioned interiors of previous models. It’s clearly taken a similar direction to the DB11, but apart from a few of the Mercedes-sourced components, is bespoke to Vantage. There’s much more emphasis on the seating position, which has been set-up for driving enjoyment and control.
Perhaps more eagerly awaited than DB11, and certainly more important to the future success of the company, the new Vantage is an incredibly important car for Aston Martin. First launched in 2005, the original Vantage continually evolved during its 12 years in production, and it quickly became the best selling Aston Martin of all time.
The Vantage has gone on sale now, and will be priced from £120,900 in the UK, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the USA, with deliveries expected to start in the Summer.