• The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Comes to Strike Fear in Porsche and Mercedes Purists Everywhere

    2019 Aston Martin Vantage
  • Two-door body style 2+0 seating
  • Extruded bonded aluminium body structure with steel panels
  • Looks similar to Mazda MX-5 at certain angles
  • Same grille enlarged and lowered
  • Front spoiler integrated with grille trim
  • Headlights sit closer to the nose and more horizontally
  • Side skirts act as spoilers and add a hint of extra aggression
  • Rear end is significantly wider
  • All-new diffuser and refined rear deck
  • Thinner taillights extend across rear spoiler
  • All-new interior
  • Aerodynamic design cuts back on air turbulence at the rear diffuser
  • Design cues remind of Lamborghini but smaller
  • Dash is more prominent and driver oriented
  • Futuristic Design in a modern world
  • German-like eight-inch infotainment display
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel w/ digital instrument cluster
  • Two-tone interior with high-sitting center console, low-seating position
  • iPod and iPhone integration, DAB radio, Satellite navigation
  • Aluminum 4.0-liter V-8 (Twin Turbo)
  • Front-Mid engine configuration with RWD
  • Stainless steel, electronically controlled exhaust
  • 503 HP @ 6,000 rpm & 505 LB-FT @ 2,000 rpm
  • 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Top Speed 195 mph
  • Rear-Mid ZF Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • First Aston Martin to have an Electronic Differential
  • Double-wishbone independent suspension up front Rear multi-link in back
  • Adaptive Damping
  • 20-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires

It’s oh so sexy!!!

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage is here, and it takes the car’s design and aerodynamic prowess to a whole new dimension. It offers up an insane increase in power output (83 horsepower and more than 100 pound-feet of torque) over the outgoing V-8 model and can even hit a 60-mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds. There’s even an all-new electronic differential, which is a first for any Aston Martin vehicle. With the last model running 2005 to 2017 – in various versions and trims, of course – it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. So, let’s take a nice look at what the new Aston Martin Vantage has to offer in brief.

  • Two-door body style 2+0 seating
  • Extruded bonded aluminium body structure with steel panels
  • Looks similar to Mazda MX-5 at certain angles
  • Same grille enlarged and lowered
  • Front spoiler integrated with grille trim
  • Headlights sit closer to the nose and more horizontally
  • Side skirts act as spoilers and add a hint of extra aggression
  • Rear end is significantly wider
  • all-new diffuser and refined rear deck
  • Thinner taillights extend across rear spoiler
  • Aerodynamic design cuts back on air turbulence at the rear diffuser
  • All-new interior
  • Design cues remind of Lamborghini but smaller
  • Dash is more prominent and driver oriented
  • Futuristic Design in a modern world
  • German-like eight-inch infotainment display
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel w/ digital instrument cluster
  • Two-tone interior with high-sitting center console, low-seating position
  • iPod and iPhone integration, DAB radio, Satellite navigation
  • Aluminum 4.0-liter V-8 (Twin Turbo)
  • WTA Charge Cooling
  • Front-Mid engine configuration with RWD
  • Stainless steel, electronically controlled exhaust
  • VCT with CNC machined combustion chambers
  • 503 HP @ 6,000 rpm & 505 LB-FT @ 2,000 rpm
  • 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Top Speed 195 mph
  • Rear-Mid ZF Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • First Aston Martin to have an Electronic Differential
  • Double-wishbone independent suspension up front Rear multi-link in back
  • Adaptive Damping
  • 20-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires

Aston Martin Vantage Exterior Update

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New Aston Martin Vantage Previous Aston Martin Vantage
On the outside, the Vantage is very much the Vantage that we fell in love with more than a decade ago

On the outside, the Vantage is very much the Vantage that we fell in love with more than a decade ago, but it has been refined, revised, and updated in a way that should will make existing models like the Mercedes-AMG GT, the Porsche 911 Turbo, and the Jaguar F-Type shake right out of the very rubber they ride on. To start off, engineers of at AM took that Vantage grille, enlarged it, and dropped it lower on the nose – ultimately allowing the nose to take on a more rounded look and for grille trim to integrate effortlessly with the front spoiler. The headlights now sit more prominently up front with a horizontal positioning that actually makes it look like the car is squinting at you as it comes down the road. The front fenders are more muscular, but the rear haunches see the most change; now wider and more commanding than below. The front spoiler element continues along the sides to help create more central downforce and cut back on turbulence from the rear wheels. Around back is a sleeker pair of taillights, sportier rear deck, and an according-to-Hoyle rear diffuser that will leave Porsche purists crying when overtaken. All told, it’s wider, meaner, and ready for business – Not bad, Aston Martin; Not bad.

Exterior Specifications

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Length (Inches) 175.78
Width (incl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 84.76
Width (excl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 76.45
Height (Inches) 50.11
Wheelbase (Inches) 106.45

Aston Martin Vantage Interior

The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Comes to Strike Fear in Porsche and Mercedes Purists Everywhere Interior
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Dash is more prominent and driver oriented
The interior of the new Vantage is even more revised than the exterior

The interior of the new Vantage is even more revised than the exterior, featuring an eight-inch infotainment display floating atop the center stack and a Lambo-like control setup ahead of the center console – definitely a nice touch. The steering wheel is a flat bottom unit that is accented by an all-digital instrument cluster up front. The center console still sits high above the tunnel while the seats are lower to give that true sports-car feel and the revised door trim panels give the new Vantage a true exotic feel. Standard features include satellite navigation, DAB radio, and iPhone and iPod integration with audio streaming. Very nice 2+2 layout, if I do say so myself.

Aston Martin Vantage Drivetrain and Power Output

The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Comes to Strike Fear in Porsche and Mercedes Purists Everywhere Drivetrain
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Aluminum 4.0-liter V-8 (Twin Turbo)
Under the hood of this beast sits a mid-front-mounted, Biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for a staggering 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm

Under the hood of this beast sits a mid-front-mounted, Biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for a staggering 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm. Sure, that doesn’t seem like much in a world where some cars are easily topping 700 ponies, but that’s a huge improvement over the outgoing V-8. So much so, in fact, that the new Vantage delivers 83 ponies and 144 pound-feet more than the outgoing base model. Shifting duties are handled by a ZF eight-speed automatic that sends all that torque back to an electronic differential in the middle of the rear axle. Keep in mind, folks, this is the first time an Aston Martin has had an electronic differential, so it’s a big deal and a huge step up for performance and torque distribution at the rear axle. 60 mph comes in as fast as 3.5 seconds under the right conditions and top speed, well that comes in at 195 mph – 5 mph higher than the outgoing model. Needless to say, Aston Martin wasn’t fooling around, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re busy updating our full review of the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage right now, so take a look at that in the coming days to learn even more about the second-gen Vantage!

Drivetrain Specifications

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Engine 4.0 litre twin turbo V-8
Horsepower 503 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 505 LB-FT @ 2,000-5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
Fuel tank capacity 73 litres
Min Dry Weight 3,373 Lbs
Weight Distribution 50:50

References

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Press release

Vantage. An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models, successive generations have built an enviable reputation for thrilling performance and enduring popularity. Today this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage.

A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.

Aerodynamic performance is central to the Vantage concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the rear of the car.

Together with the new side gills, which have been integrated into the body surface and bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches, and the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the Vantage generates a significant level of downforce - a rarity on any production car and a first for a core production Aston Martin model.

The exciting design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports car cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combination of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their unmatched tactile and intuitive functionality. Likewise the PRND transmission buttons have been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones. The interior also offers generous stowage space, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas.

The heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s potent new alloy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, this high performance, high efficiency engine returns a CO2 figure of *245g/km yet develops 503bhp at 6000rpm and 505lb.ft from 2000-5000rpm. With a dry weight of 3373lb this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios - something vividly demonstrated whenever the throttle is squeezed. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack.

The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 3.6 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph, it employs a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment. These include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The speed-dependent electric power steering has 2.4 turns lock-to-lock for a perfect combination of quick-wits and precise, intuitive control.

For the first time on an Aston Martin the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behavior, and react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel. Unlike a conventional LSD, it can go from fully open to 100% locked in a matter of milliseconds. At higher speeds, the Electronic Differential’s speed and sensitivity of response enables the system to take very fine control of the car’s dynamic behaviour. It makes the car feel much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability and its cornering performance, providing the driver with increased levels of confidence to explore and enjoy the car’s capabilities to the full.

The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, though some 70 per cent of the structure’s components are new for Vantage. Balance, strength, rigidity and weight efficiency were all priorities in the new Vantage design, as was handling purity and consistency. Highlights of the chassis include a solidly mounted rear subframe for an enhanced feeling of direct connection for the driver, new Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for new Vantage and the latest generation Adaptive Damping System which incorporates Skyhook technology and offers the choice of Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes.

Thanks to full integration of engine, transmission, E-Diff, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Damping and the electric power steering systems, each mode optimises every area of the car as one. With each step the Vantage gains in agility and responsiveness, its character becoming progressively sharper, more vocal and more exciting. This is the essence of the Vantage driving experience - a car that’s never less than connected and engaging with the breadth of capability to revel in challenging roads and bare its teeth on track.

The Vantage features a high level of standard equipment, including keyless start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system and Parking Distance Display, Park Assist and front and rear parking sensors. The In-Car Entertainment system - controlled and viewed via a centrally mounted 8” LCD screen - comprises of the Aston Martin Audio System, Bluetooth® audio and phone streaming, iPod®, iPhone® and USB playback. There is also an integrated satellite navigation system and wi-fi hub.

Being an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features a high level of craftsmanship, evidenced by flawless paintwork, luxurious Alcantara® and leather upholstery and a fabulous level of finish using tactile natural materials of the highest quality. There is also extensive scope for personalisation via a generous choice of options. These include forged alloy wheels in a variety of finishes, Sports Plus Collection (comprising Sports Plus seats and Sports steering wheel), carbon fibre interior and exterior detailing and a Premium Audio System.

Aston Martin President Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history. 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.”

The new Vantage is on sale now with a recommended retail price from $149,995 in the USA. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.

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