Update: Aston Martin has confirmed Australian pricing for the new Vantage will start at $299,950 plus on-roads.
After more than a decade, details have been revealed for the new-generation 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.
The design takes the revolutionary approach while drawing inspiration from the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. There are also some styling elements taken from James Bond’s DB10.
Built on the latest generation bonded-aluminium architecture that sits under the DB11, 70 per cent of the car’s components are exclusive to the Vantage.
At 4465mm, the car is 284mm shorter than DB11 and 34mm shorter than a Porsche 911. The Vantage will be an agile sports coupe with a dry weight of 1530kg.
While the styling looks the part, the biggest changes come from Mercedes. The front mid-mounted engine is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 provided by Mercedes-AMG. Drive is sent to the rear via a rear mounted eight-speed ZF transmission. The Vantage will also have a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
The V8 develops 375kW at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm. Aston Martin claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 314km/h.
The suspension uses a forged double wishbone design at the front and a multi-link system at the rear.
The Vantage features torque vectoring and an electronic rear differential (E-Diff) - this is an Aston Martin first. Unlike a conventional LSD, it can go from fully open to locked in a matter of milliseconds.
The braking system features ventilated two-piece 400mm cast-iron discs at the front, with ventilated 360mm discs at the rear, gripped by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear callipers.
There’s a choice of 20-inch wheel designs wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber (255/40 at the front, 295/35 at the rear), specifically tuned for the new Vantage.
The new Vantage interior is also all-new. Most surfaces are trimmed in Alcantara and leather. Mercedes is also responsible for the electrical hardware that powers interior functionality.
Though a strict two-seater, the Vantage offers some day-to-day practicality with its 350-litre boot.
Local pricing for the 2018 Vantage is yet to be confirmed, however, based on the pricing announced for Europe and the US, expect to see a starting price around $300,000.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage equipment highlights:
- Primary exterior paint colour
- Graphite painted exterior body pack
- Graphite painted rear diffuser insert and blades
- Red tail lamps
- Twin Stainless Steel Silver exhaust tailpipe finishers
- Titanium front grille
- Bright window surround finisher
- Silver underbonnet cross brace
- Exterior body coloured side gill
- Exterior body coloured mirror caps
- Exterior body coloured roof
- Dark Anodised brake callipers
- Enamel wing badges
- Sports seats
- Strathmore leather and Alcantara environment
- Black leather steering wheel
- Carpeted cabin
- Satin Silver interior jewellery
- Gloss Black trim inlay
- Automatic temperature control with dual zone climate control
- Keyless start/stop
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Alarm and immobiliser
- Memory seats
- Heated rear screen
- Manual steering column adjust
- Side mirror tilt down on reverse
- Parking distance display and park assist
In Car Entertainment
- Aston Martin Audio System
- 8.0-inch LCD screen
- iPod and iPhone integration and USB playback
- DAB & AM/FM
- Bluetooth®audio and phone streaming
- Satellite navigation system
- Two-door body style 2+0 seating
- Extruded bonded aluminium body structure with steel panels
- LED high and low beam headlamps with integrated direction indicator, daytime running lights, position lamp, lock/unlock graphic theatre
- Signature full width LED tail lamp with stop tail and dynamic indicator functions
- Clamshell bonnet
- Side gill
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