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21 November 2017, Gaydon: Vantage. An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models, the Vantage nameplate has been worn by some true icons. First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans and the much-loved V8 Vantage. 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 was central to the Vantage design 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 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 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 510PS at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm. With a dry weight of 1530kg 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 3.5 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 an outstanding combination of responsiveness 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 behaviour, 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, 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 and an integrated satellite navigation system.
Being an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features a high level of craftsmanship, evidenced by flawless paintwork, luxurious Alcantara® and leather upholstery and the levels of finish optimised through the use of 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 Ł120,900 in the UK, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the USA. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.
 

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Like the interior though prefer not to have iPad, like 3/4 and side views. Jury out on back but exhaust looks lost, definitely do not like front. All IMHO.
And no manual yet from what I've heard.
 
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This reminds me a bit of past Aston Martin leadership when they thought designing an overgrown Mustang was a good design - they totally destroyed the english gentleman's sportscar mystique for bad-boy racer - but are taking a hell of a chance with a new market and the cartoonish looks. I could be wrong, but given the Mercedes AMG GT (which actually looks better inside and out - can't believe I'm saying that), the promise of a baby Ferrari, the Audi R8, the new rear engine Corvette, all at similar or lower price points, Aston is taking on the biggest risk of the past 20 years! hate to say it, but my V12S is likely the last Aston Martin I'm likely to own after three decades of Aston ownership... also: The hood opens from the front with two latches with a cable, when open the engine is way back - mostly plastic, nothing really to look at. It might have helped if the preview first look was the silver one, not the in-your-face green-yellow.
 
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Clearly a new car not just a design evolution; analog has been left behind for better or worse, and Aston has embraced the arms race which last enthralled me when I was in my 20's.
 
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It doesn't hit me like when the outgoing Vantage was released in 2005. I think I'll hold on to my V12V with the three pedals and "out-dated" analogue technology.
 
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Looks a ton better in rd and while - and the tan interior looks better
 
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The front looks a bit like the new miata
 
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The front looks a bit like the new miata
the back is Fisker Emotion (or vice versa)
 
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I like most of the interior design, with the exception being the screen placement.

I’m just going to hold off before making any final judgements on the exterior. So far I’m not a fan of the lime green press car. The red and silver look good. It is itching for some future “upgrades” though: hood vents, carbon fiber, more integrated side strakes. I miss the classic grill. If a DB10 exterior conversion kit gets released I may be sold on it one day.

A manual transmission option would be nice.
 

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I saw it in person at the Galpin preview. Sat in it, etc... Spent nearly an hour examining it. The one I saw was Tungsten.

This fluorescent whatever color is terrible.

The little bit of material in the air vent behind the front wheels is a separate piece and you can get those in painted or carbon or whatever. Because it's open the front wheel arch I can imagine a lot of gravel, etc.. getting in there and scratching things up. Will likely need to be clear wrapped (if you aren't doing the whole car anyway).

The interior was "nice". Better IMO than DB11, but somehow less classy/special than the prior Vantage.

The parcel shelf area is smaller, right behind the seats. Seats have a pull tab to release rather than button. There seemed to be a little more storage in the doors but no center armrest storage box either. Not sure where you are supposed to store little things. Boot I guess.

No glovebox.

There's an airflow guide channel that is in the hood/bonnet to direct air from the nose all the way back to the turbos to cool, etc... Otherwise, the engine area looks "modern" (covered in plastic and that you aren't to touch it).

It had an all around good presence to it. IMO, I liked it much better than DB11. This new car is a lot more edgy/masculine, whereas the prior car was elegant/feminine.

I'm concerned about Aston Martin. New design, finally got a motor with a lot more power, and yet in a few years you'll have Teslas new roadster out there to compete with 0-60 times less than half. (and other hybrids) Sure, on a track, blah blah blah. Most new owners drive it to dinner or shopping and just want to blast to the next red light. I'm not sure where that leaves this car in 5 years. Aston Martin better not think they'll get 10 years out of this model.
 
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Meh...

It looks like it's trying too hard... lacks any elegance... I agree that it's not going to age look the outgoing model... in fact I'm already getting bored with it... pass.
 
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1) Nicest F-Type ever
2) ZF 8-speed auto? Wat?
3) Total butterface. Do not want.
 

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