Aston Martin has officially revealed the all-new Vantage. More muscular and aggressive looking than any of its predecessors, the refreshed two-seater is also powered by a new 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.
Combined with a dry weight of 1530 kg, the car is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 195 mph.
Key exterior styling details include new head and tail light designs that form entirely new light signatures as a result – the rear quite dramatic.
The designers say aerodynamic performance was also central to the new car’s look: 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 is claimed to generate a level of downforce “significantly” more than the soon-to-be retired model.
On the inside, long, fluid curves have been abandoned in favour of sharp lines that echo the car’s exterior. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position further contribute to gains both in occupant space and improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. The PRND transmission buttons have also been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones.
Underneath, the Mercedes-AMG-built engine is set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for improved centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution; it develops 503 bhp at 6000 rpm and 505 lb-ft of torque from 2000-5000 rpm.
Power and torque to the rear wheels is transmitted via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. And for the first time on an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features an electronic rear differential.
The chassis, meanwhile, 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 said to be new for the Vantage.
“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. 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,” says company CEO, Dr Andy Palmer.
Deliveries of the new Vantage are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.