After more than a decade of faithful service, the venerable Vantage sports car is set to be retired by Aston Martin.
To replace the most successful model in company history is no small feat — but Aston Martin has done that by unveiling its next-generation Vantage on Tuesday.
“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,” Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, said in a statement. “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.”
With a long hood, fastback tail, sleek greenhouse, and perfect proportions, the Vantage is undeniably an Aston Martin. It’s the latest work of Aston’s design boss, Marek Reichman, and draws heavily from the DB10 car created for James Bond’s 24th adventure in the 2015 film “Spectre.”
Under the Aston’s stylish hood lives a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, shared by the company’s pricier DB11 V8 coupe and Volante convertible. Here, it produces 503 horsepower and is mated to a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Aston says the 3,373-pound Vantage can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph.
Roughly 70% of the Vantage’s rigid and lightweight bonded aluminum structure is brand new. By setting the engine low and as far back in the chassis as possible, Aston has achieved a perfect 50-50 front-to-rear weight distribution.
Additionally, the Vantage will be loaded with the latest high-tech goodies in Aston Martin’s arsenal, including dynamic stability control, dynamic torque vectoring, active dampers, and electronic rear differential, a company first.
The Vantage’s cabin comes in several flavors — more luxury-minded versions get Aston’s traditional leather-and-wood treatment, while more sporting interiors have a heavier dose of Alcantara and carbon fiber. The Vantage will also get an 8-inch LCD screen running a Mercedes-Benz-sourced infotainment system.
The new Aston Martin Vantage is expected to arrive in US showrooms sometime in the second quarter of 2018 with a price tag of $149,995.