Aston Martin’s new Vantage has been designed with the driver in mind. Billed as a beautiful hunter that refuses to be tamed, the new Aston Martin Vantage is lighter and stronger than the DB11. It’s more agile, more in touch with the road and built for agility and speed.
The chassis is 20kg lighter than its predecessor and 30 per cent more rigid. It’s also 10 percent more rigid than that of the DB11. Even the suspension is tuned differently to the DB11’s and the engine has 7lb-ft more torque.
Similar in width to the DB11, but with a 100mm shorter wheelbase make for a purposeful stance and a nimble car.
It’s already been tested on the ice roads of Northern Finland in bone-chilling temperatures of -14 degree Celsius, as well at altitude and in extreme heat.
This really is a beast of a sports car. More aggressive in styling and dynamics than the old Vantage with a scoping shark-nose grill at the front, narrow LED headlights and rear lights which envelop and wrap around the back.
The 503-bhp entry-level Vantage is completely redesigned and miles apart from the previous car that launched in 2005.
Focused on providing the best driver experience, the new Vantage has a solid-mounted subframe you find in motorsport calibre vehicles. Contrastingly, the DB11 is bushed to optimise comfort.
An electronically-controlled differential is needed for the brutal 505lb/ft of torque this car produces, but it has the added benefit of providing astonishing levels of control at both low and high speeds in slow and fast corners. Just as well as the Vantage has a top speed of 195mph!
There’s also an eight-speed ZF gearbox. Once your foot touches the accelerator the Vantage will sprint from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds accompanied by the satisfying and unique bark of the V8 engine - with an angrier tone than that of the DB11.
The inside has also been completely remodelled and designed for a fully immersive driving experience, connecting the driver with the car and the car with the road ahead.
Aston Martin has moved the familiar strip of engine and transmission control buttons downwards and closer to the driver. The iconic Start/Stop button hovers above your left hand, ready to ignite the twin-turbocharged 4.0 litres engine.
Changing the differential and sport modes can be done on the steering wheel, allowing you to make changes while keeping both hands on the wheel. Sport, Sport+ and Track modes are all available through the thumb toggles.
Prices for the Aston Martin Vantage start at £120,900 and if early interest is anything to go by, you’ll need to be quick off the mark to secure yours. Call into Aston Martin Bristol to find out more about this exhilarating car.