This all-new 2018 Vantage is a very important car for Aston Martin, this new Vantage sports car is a modern replacement for the company’s best-selling model of all time. Powered by a 503hp 4.0L twin-turbo V8, it’s a lighter, more-focused vehicle than the related DB11, its bread and butter, its gateway point of entrée for consumers. It’s a sports car that epitomizes the brand’s delicate, blend of performance, luxury, and beauty.
The outgoing Vantage happens to be the single most successful model in the British car marque’s history. “Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation,” admits company president and CEO Andy Palmer.
The new Vantage is definitely a compact package; it’s 11 inches (284mm) shorter than the DB11, and it manages to take up less room on the road than even a Porsche 911. It’s significantly lighter, too; the company says it has a dry weight of 3,373lbs (1,530kg), and the sprint to 60mph should take just 3.6 seconds. The engine is courtesy of a technology partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Benz has a hand in the technology that underpins the new car as well, providing its digital dashboard and COMAND information and entertainment screens and interface.
Interior indulgence comes courtesy of Aston’s talented craftspeople, who create wood and composite marquetry, knurl metal knobs, and handily “brogue” leather — piercing it in a constellation pattern, as on a wingtip shoe, to allow subtle sub-dermal contrasting colors to come through.
It’s a distinctive-looking car, recognizably an Aston Martin but also visually different from the DB11.
The front is dominated by that large front grille and splitter. Aston Martin’s press release describes the Vantage’s styling as giving it “an athletic, predatory stance.” The Vantage’s designers liken the shape to a shark: always in motion, seeking its prey. A narrowed greenhouse — the openings for the windows and windshields — makes the car appear lower, more connected to the ground. This car will spawn a racing program, too. It has a 50:50 weight distribution—that V8 is pushed well back behind the front axle—and the center of gravity is nice and low.
The side gills are now integrated into the body surface to let air pressure out from the front wheel arches. Together with the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the company claims this latest Vantage will generate a significant level of downforce – a first for a production Aston Martin car. Finally, the new head and tail lights help create a distinctive identity for Vantage within the growing family.
Aston Martin order books are now open with prices starting from $149,995 and deliveries scheduled to begin during the second quarter of next year.