Motoring Reporter
1 minute read
29 Nov 2017
4:16 pm

New baby: The Aston Martin Vantage

Motoring Reporter

Newborn foal for this magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars.

An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars.

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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.

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.

The heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s potent new alloy, 4.0-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 375kW at 6 000rpm and 685Nm from 2 000-5 000rpm.

With a dry weight of 1 530kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-toweight ratios – something vividly demonstrated whenever the throttle is squeezed.

The new Vantage is on sale now with a recommended retail price from £120 900 in the UK, €154 000 in Germany and $149 995 in the US. Deliveries begin during the second quarter of 2018.