New Aston Martin Vantage packs twin turbo 375kW AMG and revolutionary styling and technology
The wraps are off the new Aston Martin Vantage, only the second generation of the sports car since the original was launched back in 2005.
Aston has its sights firmly set on the likes of the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT and the Vantage shares the same twin turbo 4.0 litre V8, which in this guise produces 375kW and 685Nm and is paired to a rear-mounted eight-speed ZF automatic, which drives the rear wheels. Obviously.
The new Aston Martin Vantage is the first Aston to employ this transaxle set up with an electronically controlled E-Diff.
Aston claims the 0-100km/h dash will be completed in 3.5 seconds, and the Vantage will rocket on to a top speed of 310km/h. Combined fuel consumption is said to be 10.5 litres per 100 kilometres, but no one really cares about that.
The Vantage is built on a bonded aluminium structure, which is inspired by the one in the DB11, but is 70 per cent new in the Vantage. The Vantage also rides on Aston Martin’s Skyhook adjustable suspension, which has Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes.
Aston has a number of performance versions lined up, however, unlike the current model, there won’t necessarily be a V12 version.
Styling has been inspired by the Aston Martin Vulcan and Valkyrie hypercars, and the new Vantage is visually more aggressive than its predecessor, and is a strong pointer towards Aston Martin’s future design language.
What’s more, although Aston has pipped the new Vantage at the 911, the Vantage only has two seats, where in most cases the 911 has four.
When the new Aston Martin Vantage arrives in the second half of 2018, and prices will start at around $300,000.