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The New Aston Martin Vantage is a Rare Breed

Ever since the manufacturer of luxury sports cars first launched the Vantage in the 1950s as an upgrade to the DB2, it has been synonymous with performance. The latest incarnation of this flagship sports car continues a proud tradition

Unwavering in its singular purpose, the new Aston Martin Vantage is highly-focused. Its instinct
is not simply to exhilarate the senses, but to overwhelm them through world-renowned design, performance and dedicated craftsmanship.

The heart of Vantage beats with a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine to produce that visceral Aston Martin roar, while its strong backbone of aluminum delivers exceptionally sharp, agile handling – leaving
a lasting impression well beyond the drive. A rare breed and a statement of independence on the road, the name Vantage continues to embody all that is beautiful in this performance sports car range from Aston Martin.

 

Photos: Drew Gibson

 

Masterfully, Aston Martin’s closely guarded principles of purity and beautiful proportion remain uncompromised. Sculptural forms create an athletic predatory stance, while muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent to the car.

The nose of the clamshell bonnet is pitched towards the ground, as if hunting its prey. Distinctive and assertive features like the three-dimensional S curve surrounding the meshed grille, or the focused expression of
its ultra-slim LED headlights, instantly portray Vantage’s beautifully intense visual character.

Acceleration from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds and a speed of up to 195 mph deliver raw athleticism – leading to its continued success in World Endurance Racing, as recently as 2017’s GTE Pro category class victory at Le Mans 24 Hours, has underpinned Aston Martin’s racing DNA.

 

 

That pedigree is now resolutely honed for performance and contemporary style. The traditional side strake has been reinvented
for more dynamic benefits, ducting air from the wheels to reduce drag. In a first for an Aston Martin production car, the underside of the car has been designed to guide airflow from the front splitter to the rear diffuser, producing downforce for increased grip and enhanced stability.

The signature ultra-slim rear light graphic that illuminates the full-width of the tailgate, is accentuated by the flick in the Vantage’s tail, expressing the car’s animalistic character. Vantage’s attributes are provocatively brandished in what is set to become an iconic symbol of performance.

The inherent sporting agility comes from its compact dimensions, an impressive weight of just 1,530kg and near perfect 50:50 weight distribution. A rigid sub-frame delivers enhanced stability for the suspension. The overwhelming benefit is beautifully responsive control behind the wheel; car and driver connecting symbiotically to deliver unrivalled excitement and dynamic drivability.

 

 

 

More technological innovation comes with Dynamic Torque Vectoring and an Electronic Rear Differential, linked to the Vantage’s electronic stability control system. A first for an Aston Martin, the Electronic Rear Differential’s speed and sensitivity of response enhances cornering performance, high speed stability and manoeuvrability, enabling the driver to fully explore the Vantage’s dynamic capabilities.

 

Aston Martin engineers have tuned the induction, exhaust and engine management system to retain the truly intoxicating sound and immersive character of a naturally aspirated V8 – that unforgettable quality synonymous with an Aston Martin. In Track mode it can be felt especially, amplifying the driver’s connection with the car and unleashing the car’s track capabilities to intensify the experience in the cabin.

The interior cabin design is one of absolute focus and functionality, intimately connecting the driver with the car and the road ahead. The distinctive cockpit feel is consequential of its character. A lower driving position creates a more immersive driver experience, with controls like the newly designed sport-orientated gearshift paddles optimally positioned. The gear selection buttons have been uniquely placed in the centre console, with the Aston Martin Audio System, 8” LCD screen and integrated satellite navigation all impressively reconfigured to focus around the driver.

 

 

A high performance feel throughout the interior of luxury Alcantara and leather is the result of a timeless dedication to exquisite levels of craftsmanship. While the optional Sports Plus seats place even more emphasis on out-and-out performance driving, Vantage also impresses with its everyday usability, with 350 litres of boot space

Race track, winding country road or the everyday commute, Vantage is an Aston Martin of outstanding class, delivering a drive so intensely felt that it demands to be experienced time and time again.

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