The All-new 2018 Vantage Sports Car by Aston Martin

22 November, 2017, 01:43 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Next year's Aston Martin Vantage GTE ready for reveal

The existing generation has been well received and now Aston has taken the wraps off the newest iteration of the Vantage.

Aston Martin revealed an all-new version of its most affordable model Tuesday.

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Still not sure about the new Aston Martin Vantage? That's what James Bond drives; that's the one that everyone points to as one of the most attractive cars in the world, and that's the one that's easy to keep track of, with generations named DB1, DB2, DB4 and so on to DB11. The "wow" factor comes from the truly gargantuan carbonfibre rear splitter that sticks out more than a foot from the back of the auto. This has certainly been more accurate for some manufacturers than others, but when it comes to Aston Martin, the saying rings particularly true.

As with the V8 version of the DB11, firepower comes from a 510 hp incarnation of the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, with the unit delivering 505 lb-ft of twist in this application (make that 513 lb-ft for the DB11).

However, in the Vantage, where the block is positioned so far back from the front axle that the weight distribution is a ideal 50:50 split, that powerplant, matted to an eight-speed automatic transmission, is half a second quicker off the mark, serves up over 510hp and 685Nm of torque and a top speed of 195mph. The Brits have really focused on making the new Vantage drive and handle like an Aston Martin should.

The new Vantage road auto makes 503bhp and 505lb ft, but its circuit cousin is rated at 530bhp-plus and 516lb ft-plus.

The flanks of the new Vantage have large side-cut features just behind the front wheels, which reflect the firm's traditional side strakes and reduce pressure on the front tyres to cut drag.

However, with the Vantage, even more than the recently launched DB11, everything beneath the skin is essentially a cherry-picked selection of everything that's cutting-edge in terms of sportscar capability, starting with the engine. Acceleration is swift at 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds.

For that price, buyers will get a 503 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 and a top speed of 195 miles an hour. "Like the Ford GT", you might be thinking, but we suspect this is a more evenly split effort between race and road. If you're not paying attention, a walk through the paddock could result in a banged-up shin for you and a very expensive fix for the vehicle.

Aston Martin notes that it partnered with Alcon for the brakes, Öhlins for the suspension, and Michelin for the tires. Each makes the car's performance, and its engine sound, more aggressive.



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