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All-new, Hardcore Aston Martin Vantage Unveiled

November 22, 2017

Aston Martin Vantage
The new Aston Martin Vantage

  • New Vantage defined by bold new look, intensified performance and dynamics
  • Powered by 4.0-litre, 375kW/685Nm twin-turbo V8 mated to eight-speed ZF transmission
  • Maximum speed 314km/h. 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds
  • First Aston Martin to be fitted with an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff)

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 version of the DB2, the Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. The formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the all-new Vantage.

Aston Martin Vantage

Exterior

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.

The car retains the previous Vantage’s basic proportions of a front-engine coupe with a low-arcing roofline, but with design cues from James Bond’s DB10 in Spectre, it’s distinctly more aggressive and athletic looking than its predecessor.

Aston Martin Vantage

The new Vantage’s shark-nose-like front end is dominated by a more ‘open’ and low fitted grille to have been used on a production Aston Martin.

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.

Aston Martin Vantage

Aerodynamics was one of the principal objectives in the design of the car according to Aston. A newly designed rear boot lip helps control turbulence and, with the help of the flat underbody, front splitter and the side gill panels, is intended to help create significant downforce.

Interior

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.

Aston Martin Vantage

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.

Aston Martin 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.

Engine

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 develops 375kW at 6000rpm and 685Nm of torque from 2000-5000rpm.

Transmission

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 100kmh in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 314km/h, it employs a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment.

E-Diff

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 consider the car’s behaviour, and react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel.

Chassis

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.

Equipment

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.

Aston Martin Vantage

Worldwide deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018. When launched in South Africa the retail price is expected to be around R2,2Mil.

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