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Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

Экстерьер в стиле авто Джеймса Бонда

Внешность Vantage 2019 модельного года рисовалась с оглядкой на концепт DB10, участвовавший в съемках блокбастера «Спектр» об очередных приключениях Джеймса Бонда. У суперагентского автомобиля новый спорткар позаимствовал общую геометрию кузова, сдвинутую вниз радиаторную решетку, контуры заднего диффузора и концепцию оформления светодиодной оптики.


Фото Астон Мартин Vantage 2018-2019

В результате получилась яркая, харизматичная и необычайно красивая двухдверка, которую впору вносить в список лучших образцов автомобильного дизайна. Помимо эффектного облика Вантаж наделен продвинутой аэродинамикой с множеством «тандемных» решений. Например, передний сплиттер функционирует вместе с задним диффузором, направляя воздушный поток под днищем по оптимальной траектории, заметно увеличивающей прижимную силу как спереди, так и сзади. В плане габаритов купе Aston Martin Vantage несколько крупнее предшественника: длина – 4465 мм (почти как у Porsche 911), ширина – 1942 мм, высота – 1273 мм и колесная база – 2704 мм.


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New Aston Martin Vantage 2018 REVEALED in pictures

At the rear the new full-length strip light that runs along the lip spoiler is also an example of bold new design language being experimented by Aston Martin.

Vantage is a namesake that has been around for seven decades in Aston Martin beginning in 1951 with the high-output engine option for the DB2.

It is something that has been synonymous with performance since it was introduced and the British car manufacturer is hoping that doesn’t change with the new model.

Powering the new Vantage is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which develops 510PS and 685Nm of torque.

The allows it to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph.

It has a 50:50 weight distribution which should help with the car’s handling, is paired to a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and comes with Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring.

Its chassis is an evolution of the bonded aluminium structure first debuted on the DB11 and has been fitted with new Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for new Vantage.

The interior has been designed to be sports car focused with sharp lines in place of the usual swooping curves.

Aston Martin Vantage 2018 has been revealed in the UK

The new Vantage 2018 has a sportier and sharper exterior design

The new rear light design

The driver-focused sporty interior

Carbon fibre interior, Alcantara and leather interior options and sport seats have also been added alongside redesigned button clusters.

The car has a surprisingly large boot space of 350 litres, which isn’t bad for a two-seater 195mph sports car.

Prices for the new Vantage, which is on sale now, start at £120,900 in the UK and deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.

Aston Martin President Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history.

“Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation.

“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.

“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.”

Aston Martin Vantage 2018 Review

The sportiest, most track-ready series production Aston Martin yet, the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage, is also arguably also the most polished and perfected sports car the storied marque has produced. The second model range to debut under Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century’ rebirth, the Vantage leverages the company’s clever bonded aluminium platform and partnership with Daimler to arrive as a serious competitor to Porsche’s 911 and its distant AMG GT ‘relative’. The fact that the new Vantage is very much its own car in terms of look and feel also augurs well for differentiation across Aston’s line-up.

A slap in the face

With its brand-new 2018 Vantage, Aston Martin hasn’t just thrown down the gauntlet to the Porsche 911. It’s walked right up to the German icon and slapped it in the face.

The second family to be built under the burgeoning British sporting marque’s new ‘Second Century’ product plan, the new Aston Martin Vantage goes on sale Down Under mid-year at just under $300K.

It’s a very different car from the new DB11 with which Aston relaunched in 2016 and with which the Vantage sports car shares DNA. More focused. More driver-centric and with a dose of mongrel that’s infectious, the Aston Martin Vantage’s target is very clearly the Porsche 911.

And that’s important for Aston, not only to win buyers from Porsche and others. For the British sporting brand to prosper it has to have clearly delineated model offerings.

Quite apart from the capability and competence of this new sports car, if the separation between DB11 and the new Aston Martin Vantage can be built upon with Vanquish and other offerings, we are entering a golden era for a marque which too often has clutched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Look out 911 and GT

The new Aston Martin Vantage’s $299,950 price-tag parallels its key competitors and benchmarks in the Porsche 911 GTS and Mercedes-AMG GT S not dollar for dollar in both cases but pretty bloody close.

The mid-grade 911 is currently pegged at $289,790 in rear-drive PDK form, while the S variant of AMG speedster (the model best aligned to the Vantage) asks $298,711.

At its very basics, the new Aston Martin Vantage is a front/mid-engine car which features a twin-turbo V8 and rear-mounted eight-speed automatic gearbox, with 50:50 static weight distribution and independent suspension, 20-inch alloys and big disc brakes at all four corners.

It wears unique and, dare I say, polarising styling that, as noted above, moves it some distance from the DB.

Aston uses the terms ‘predator’ and ‘fighter’ to define the Vantage. Accordingly, the pointy end is, er, pointy, with vestigial LED headlights and a large under-bumper air intake (the shape of which is about the only nod to traditional Aston Martin design cues).

The rear-end is dominated by hefty haunches and a diffuser that would not look out of place on a GT3 racer. And as if its sheer dimensions aren’t enough, Aston Martin chose to paint the aero aid bright colours on many of the launch cars.

There’s more aero under the car and the signature side-strakes have been swapped for more efficient ‘gills’. Overall, it’s far from the traditional Aston.

But the aero works. While the last generation of Vantage had substantial aerodynamic lift at its terminal speed, the new world of Aston promises effective downforce (around 80kg) for better stability and security. Oh, how things have changed.

At 4465mm the new Vantage is 80mm longer than the long-serving Vantage series it replaces but over 30mm shorter than the current 991.2 series 911 Carrera S.

The new Aston rides on a considerably longer wheelbase (2704mm) than the previous generation (2601) and also the 911 (2450). It’s also substantially wider than both the 911 (1942mm v 1808) and the outgoing Vantage (1866).

The AMG GT is longer than the new Aston Martin Vantage (4544mm) but is marginally narrower (1939) and rides on a shorter wheelbase (2630).

Of the trio, the Porsche is lightest. The new Aston weighs in at 1530kg — about 70kg heavier than the 911.

The Aston Martin Vantage is based on the same modular platform as the DB11 but is shorter, lighter and more driver-focused. Key to the sharper driving characteristics of the new sporting Aston is revised front suspension geometry and the dumping of the DB11’s separate rear sub-frame.

In the DB11, the isolated sub-frame is designed to deliver better compliance and a more refined car (in terms of ride and NVH). Solidly mounting the rear suspension and transaxle in the Vantage sharpens the whole chassis, gifting the car better handling and steering response.

The Vantage has myriad other detail changes when compared to its DB11 stablemate. Aston claims 70 per cent of the Vantage’s components are new. No visible parts are shared.

Blown V8

Like its DB11 V8 stablemate, however, the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage sports a version of Mercedes-AMG’s ‘hot-vee’ 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

Although the core engine is sourced from AMG, Aston’s own engineers at Gaydon have designed bespoke inlet and exhaust systems for the muscular eight. There’s also unique engine management software.

With a claimed 375kW at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm, the V8 is still in a relatively mild state of tune (mid-400s are possible). Instead, Aston says it has paid special attention to the new Vantage’s soundtrack.

Gone is AMG’s over enthusiastic use of backfires and pops and bangs. There’s still plenty of drama but overall the British interpretation seems a little more restrained and business-like.

Aston is claiming a top speed in excess of 310km/h (195mph) and 0-100km/h time of just 3.6sec. Fuel economy is 10.5L/100km.

The Vantage is the first Aston to pair its eight-speed ZF transaxle-style auto with a BMW M-style electronically-controlled limited-slip differential for maximum agility.

The final drive ratio has also been lowered (ie: it’s numerically higher) to add a little more zip and effectively close up the gear ratios.

The ‘e-diff’ plays a significant contribution to the Vantage’s agility both on the track and the road.

As the driver cycles through the Aston’s chassis and powertrain drive modes (Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes via separate steering wheel buttons), not only are damper, throttle, exhaust and gearbox settings tuned, but so too is the e-diff.

In concert with the stability control system and torque vectoring (via brake), the e-diff contributes to better stability at high speeds and conversely more turn-in and power-down drive into and out of slow corners.

Credit too to the bespoke ‘A6A’ spec Pirelli P Zero tyres with which the Vantage comes standard — 255/40 at the front, 295 35 at the rear.

During our dry, fast track laps at the wonderful rollercoaster that is Autodromo Algarve at Portimao, the tyres delivered prodigious grip and relatively benign breakaway characteristics.

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Even more impressive, however, was the same tyres’ performance during the next day’s streaming-wet 300km-plus road loop. Although the Italian tyres didn’t love standing water, in all other aspects they were very impressive. Feel through both ends of the car was at the very top end of the scale.

We experienced two braking systems on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage launch: the regular ventilated two-piece cast-iron set-up (400mm/six-piston front; 360mm/four-piston rear); and optional carbon ceramics. Thanks in part to a revised (larger diameter) master-cylinder, both offered, short, confidence-inspiring pedal feel and plenty of power.

It’s a beautiful car that is hand-built by master craftsmen.

While hand-built cars in the past have tended to be inconsistent, that is no longer the case with Aston Martins. Instead, it feels special from the inside and there were no flaws in the paint or panels on our test vehicle.

The British brand has also teamed-up with Mercedes-Benz’ parent company, Daimler, in a technical tie-up that sees it adapt the German brand’s latest electrical architecture and components as well as source the Vantage’s engine from its AMG high-performance division.

Considering the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is used in a myriad of the German brand’s hot rods, it feels bullet proof and the German electrics should prove equally as reliable.

Aston Martin DBX 2020: el SUV llamado a reflotar la marca

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El Aston Martin DBX 2020 es el primer SUV de la firma británica. Presentado en el Salón de Los Ángeles de 2019, cuenta con un motor V8 bajo su piel que le otorga 550 caballos de potencia. Las primeras unidades ya han comenzado a salir de la cadena de montaje en Gales. En España está disponible desde 227.000 euros.

El Aston Martin DBX 2020 toma como base el Aston Martin DBX Concept, que se presentó en el Salón de Ginebra de 2015. Su programa de desarrollo incluyó pruebas de durabilidad en tramos del Rally de Gales, circuitos como el Nürburgring Nordschleife y pruebas en los centros de ingeniería que la casa regenta en Nürburgring y Silverstone.

El DBX es el primer SUV de Aston Martin, una firma conocida por sus coches de corte deportivo. Es inevitable trazar un paralelismo con el Lamborghini Urus, su rival natural. El fabricante espera vender entre 4.000 y 5.000 unidades del modelo al año en todo el mundo. Además, según estudios de Aston Martin, el 70% de sus clientes ya poseen algún SUV de otra marca, por lo que el desarrollo del DBX está justificado.

ASTON MARTIN DBX 2020: EXTERIOR

El Aston Martin DBX 2020 mide 5,039 metros de largo, 1,998 metros de ancho y 1,680 metros de alto, con una batalla de 3,060 metros y un peso en vacío de 2.245 kilos.

El DBX 2020 está construido sobre una plataforma de nueva creación, creada específicamente para acomodar su condición de SUV. Eso significa que los ingenieros han podido diseñarlo desde cero, sin necesidad de ceñirse a ningún parámetro preestablecido.

Pese a ser un SUV, su linaje Aston Martin se hace patente en elementos como la parrilla frontal al estilo DB o la hendidura del perfil lateral, o la silueta del grupo óptico trasero y la caída del techo, que con un poco de imaginación recuerdan al Aston Martin Vantage.

Las luces diurnas integran un conducto aerodinámico que canaliza el flujo de aire hacia los laterales del vehículo, lo que contribuye a reducir el drag y a refrigerar los frenos.

ASTON MARTIN DBX 2020: INTERIOR

Aston Martin se congratula de la experiencia y habitabilidad que brinda el DBX 2020, que se beneficia de su condición de SUV para ofrecer un espacio inédito en los otros modelos de la marca.

El interior ha sido hecho a mano y la firma promete el mismo nivel de confort indistintamente de si se ocupa un asiento delantero o uno trasero. Los delanteros son de corte deportivo para mejorar la posición de conducción.

La ergonomía de todos los componentes ha sido convenientemente estudiada, lo que se traduce en reposabrazos dedicados, compartimentos especiales de almacenaje y una disposición estratégica de los botones físicos. Los asientos son de piel de alta calidad y el interior incluye múltiples detalles en Alcantara para mayor calidad.

El diseño del salpicadero ha buscado potenciar la sensación de espacio y lujo. También destacan las nuevas pantallas TFT, una de 10,25 pulgadas para la consola central y otra de 12,3 pulgadas para el panel de instrumentos, integradas en el panel de instrumentación de tal forma que no interrumpen la elegancia del conjunto. Aparece además una consola central puenteada que ofrece espacio de almacenamiento debajo para artículos más grandes como un bolso o botellas de agua de 1,5 litros. En la zaga, por su parte, los asientos han sido el elemento central del proceso de diseño. Se ha buscado una posición inclusiva sin que ello signifique que sus ocupantes se inclinen hacia la parte delantera. También se han considerado las necesidades de los niños, algo para lo que Aston Martin invitó a varios pequeños para compartir sus experiencias de entrada y salida del coche.

Su maletero tiene una capacidad de 632 litros.

ASTON MARTIN DBX 2020: EQUIPAMIENTO

El Aston Martin DBX 2020 incluye ‘todos los sistemas de seguridad activa disponibles’, según la marca. También puede introducir funcionalidades personalizadas al estilo de vida de su propietario. Por ejemplo, el paquete Mascotas incluye un limpiador portátil para lavar al perro después de un paseo. El paquete Nieve brinda un calentador electrónico para las botas para brindar un extra de confort.

Los primeros 500 compradores se beneficiarán del Paquete 1913, que incluye un emblema personalizado y placas que dan fe de que se trata de uno de los primeros DBX producidos. También recibirán un libro firmado por Andy Palmer y Marek Reichman, director ejecutivo y director creativo respectivamente, y una invitación a una fiesta exclusiva.

ASTON MARTIN DBX 2020: MECÁNICA

El Aston Martin DBX 2020 equipa un motor V8 biturbo de 4.0 litros que entrega 550 caballos de potencia con un par motor de 700 Newton metro. Se trata de una nueva versión del propulsor presente en el Aston Martin DB11 y el Aston Martin Vantage.

El DBX 2020 dotado de este motor promete una velocidad punta de 291 kilómetros/hora, con una aceleración de 0 a 100 kilómetros/hora en apenas 4,5 segundos.

Más adelante se espera que debute una mecánica híbrida enchufable, pero no está prevista hasta 2023 y los detalles sobre la misma aún son escasos.

Toda esta energía se transmite a las cuatro ruedas a través de una caja de cambios automática de nueve velocidades, con diferenciales activos que permiten controlar el deslizamiento del eje trasero y repartir automáticamente el par entre el eje trasero y el delantero, y también entre las dos ruedas traseras para brindar la respuesta más apta para cada momento.

Durante su fase de desarrollo, la maca presumió de que era capaz de igualar la velocidad de paso por curva del Aston Martin Vantage en el Nordschleife y de superar en frenada al Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, la versión más deportiva desarrollada sobre la base del Aston Martin DB11.

Todavía no han trascendido tiempos oficiales, pero sí es sabido que el DBX puede rodar en Nürburgring de forma consistente por debajo de los ocho minutos. El récord de la categoría SUV es un 7’54″40, propiedad del Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S.

El Aston Martin DBX 2020 equipa una suspensión neumática adaptativa de tres niveles, combinada con un sistema electrónico de tres niveles y una barra estabilizadora eléctrica de 48 voltios, con amortiguadores adaptativos para contribuir a la estabilidad del vehículo.

La suspensión neumática permite reducir la altura libre al suelo en 50 milímetros para otorgarle una configuración más aerodinámica en travesías, o bien aumentarla en 45 milímetros para afrontar con más seguridad superficies no asfaltadas.

ASTON MARTIN DBX BY Q

El departamento de personalización de la marca británica, Q by Aston Martin, presenta en el Salón de Ginebra 2020 una unidad del SUV que demuestra lo que se puede hacer con él. Los cambios realizados buscan realzar el lado más deportivo del vehículo. Por ejemplo, su exterior luce una pintura gris satinada Xenon Gray con elementos en fibra de carbono y negro anodizado a modo de contraste. Las llantas son negras y de 22 pulgadas.

El interior de esta unidad del Aston Martin DBX ofrece una consola central realizada totalmente en fibra de carbono. Este material está formado por 280 finas capas. La creación de esta consola ha supuesto 90 horas de trabajo. Además hay otros puntos del habitáculo en los que se ha optado por incluir fibra de carbono.

Donde no hay cambio alguno es en el motor, de tal forma que este DBX cuenta con el V8 biturbo de 550 caballos ya conocido.

ASTON MARTIN DBX 2020: PRECIOS

El precio en España del modelo básico es de 227.000 euros, IVA e impuesto de matriculación incluidos, a los que habrá que sumar los extras solicitados.

Tras sufrir retrasos debido a la pandemia del COVID19, a comienzos de julio de 2020 los primeros ejemplares de serie comienzan a abandonar la cadena de montaje en dirección a los concesionarios. Las primeras entregas se realizarán a finales de mes.

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Aston Martin Vantage 2018 reviews: does it live up to the hype?

Aston Martin’s new Vantage has finally gone on sale – and the critics are already full of praise for the British sports car.

The new model, available to order for £120,900, is the second vehicle to come from the company’s recent product revamp, following the launch of the DB11 grand tourer last year.

Like the entry-level DB11, the Vantage is powered by a Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre V8 engine sporting a pair of turbochargers. This delivers 503bhp and 505lb-ft of torque to the rear axle through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The new Vantage is one of the most eagerly awaited cars of the year, but has Aston Martin done enough to win over fans of its rival, the Porsche 911?

Here’s what the critics think:

Interior and features

Drivers of the new Vantage are treated to a cabin that is “covered in luxurious leather and typical Aston detailing”, says Auto Express.

There’s a “low-set sports seat” that will make drivers feel as though they are “cocooned” in the cabin, the magazine says. And the quality of the interior also addresses many of the issues found in the DB11.

But despite the driving position being “spot-on”, the “lovely cockpit” is marred by the infotainment screen’s “grainy resolution”, Top Gear argues.

Nevertheless, the cabin’s fit and finish is to a high standard, says Autocar, although the leather and stitching on the seats “looks a bit stretched”.

Meanwhile, the ability to spec a round steering wheel, as opposed to the standard racing-inspired flat-bottomed wheel, could be a hit with traditionalists.

On the road

Tapping the start button on the dashboard fires up the Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, which comes to life with a “burbling baritone”, according to Auto Express. The sound is “great”, especially if you fit the optional quad-exhaust system.

On the road, the new Vantage boasts “confidence-inspiring handling”, the magazine says, as well as “instant” steering responses. It isn’t quite as “sharp” as the Porsche 911 but the steering comes with plenty of “directness and weighting”.

The eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox “simply does everything you want it to”, says Evo. The transmission can seamlessly change gears when you want to cruise, the magazine says, but flicking the car into Sport Plus or Track mode will make the gear changes faster and more “aggressive”.

But if an automatic gearbox doesn’t appeal to you, CNet says there’s “almost certainly” a manual version on the horizon.

Verdicts

Overall, the new Vantage “drives as aggressively as it looks”, making it an ideal alternative for those looking for a more track-focused car compared to Aston Martin’s DB11 grand tourer, says CNet.

Autocar agrees, calling the Vantage a “thoroughly enjoyable” sports car that gives drivers plenty of “aural and tactile cues”.

It doesn’t quite live up to the Porsche 911 GTS, the magazine says, but the Vantage is “different enough” to set itself apart from the iconic German sports car.

While Aston Martin traditionally struggles when it launches a new car, Top Gear says that the new Vantage breaks the mould by being “properly sorted” straight away.

Despite its “slightly dead steering”, the Vantage feels like a car that could entertain both a professional driver and “give the rank amateur the time of their life”, the website concludes.

22 March

Aston Martin Vantage 2018: Price, release and first drives

A new incarnation of Aston Martin’s acclaimed Vantage sports car has finally been revealed and it’s expected to reach buyers by the summer.

The original V8 Vantage, released in 2005, was highly regarded by critics. Evo praised the most recent V12 S model, calling it «supremely balanced» and «as compelling now as it was when the original V12 Vantage was launched back in 2008».

Meanwhile, the new sports car has been completely reworked. It now boasts the same aluminium underpinnings as the company’s DB11 flagship and an AMG-derived V8 engine.

The Vantage is widely regarded as one of the best sports cars ever made but can the new version live up to its predecessor’s status?

Here’s everything we know about the new Vantage.

Release and pricing

Orders for the new Vantage are now being taken, with deliveries “scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018”. Prices start at £120,900, making it around £30,000 more expensive than the outgoing model.

First drives

The new Vantage isn’t expected to go on sale until the summer but critics have gone behind the wheel of a near-production-spec version. Here are their first impressions of the sports car:

Auto Express says the upcoming Vantage will quickly become the most important car in Aston Martin’s line-up as the model has historically been the company’s best-selling product.

The new car feels like “a huge leap on from its predecessor” and could be a worthy rival to the incredibly popular Porsche 911, the magazine says.

Autocar agrees, praising the new Vantage’s ability to feel powerful without this affecting the rear-wheel drive car’s handling.

The Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is a stand-out feature, the magazine says, with plenty of performance at the lower end of the rev range. When you put your foot down on the accelerator the car gathers pace with impressive speed.

But Top Gear says the Vantage doesn’t have the same amount of “drama” or “noise” as other cars that use the same engine, such as the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe.

But the cabin looks and feels “better organised” than the company’s flagship car, the DB11, and the steering wheel is “lovely to hold”, the website says.

Fans will have to wait until the summer for critics to deliver their final verdicts.

Design

Much like the DB11 was to the DB9, the new Vantage is a complete departure from the decade-old front-engined sports car currently on sale.

While the old version sported sleek bodywork and a smaller version of the company’s iconic grille, next year’s car will have a more aggressive look, inspired by the one-off DB10 used in the James Bond film Spectre.

The similarities between the new Vantage and Bond’s car include the large front grille, slim LED headlights and wide wheel arches at the rear. The small boot spoiler is also apparent on the DB10, although the new car features a body-wide LED tail light strip.

It shares the same lightweight aluminium structure as its DB11 sibling, says Auto Express, although 70% of the components used are unique to the Vantage. This means it weighs just 1,530kg, which the magazine says is “almost identical to its main rival, the 911”.

Other subtle changes have been introduced to improve the driving experience. The Vantage’s body will be smaller than the DB11’s and will have a shorter wheelbase, says Autocar.

The sports car will also get a double-wishbone suspension set-up at the front and multi-link system at the rear, the magazine says, which should “increase the car’s rigidity and offer improved feel for the driver”.

Engines

Aston Martin will use a twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 for the new Vantage, which comes from its technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG. It’s the same engine as the AMG GT sports car and can also be found in Aston Martin’s recently released DB11 V8.

The AMG-derived engine delivers 503bhp and 505lb-ft of torque to the rear axle, says Evo, helping launch from 0-62mph in just 3.6sec and go on to a top speed of 195mph.

Each car comes with an eight-speed semi-automatic transmission as standard, says Autocar, with a manual option “due to follow next year”.

However, adds Autocar, “the firm currently has no plans to produce a hybrid version of this generation of the Vantage”.

Will the Vantage get a V12 engine?

The original Vantage, released in 2005, was offered exclusively as a V8 model, before Aston Martin transplanted the V12 engine from the DBS coupe into the sports car in 2008.

Now it looks like the latest model could get a V12 too. The British carmaker’s chief executive, Andy Palmer, told Autocar that the twin-turbo V12 from the flagship DB11 could find its way into the new Vantage, although the company has made “no decision yet”.

“Technically, it is very possible. The engine bay has been designed to replicate that of the DB11, so the pick-up points and so on are all there. The V12 would fit without the need for extensive modifications”, he said.

However, Palmer added that the company must also consider the “character” of the new Vantage — which he calls the range’s “rebel, a really sporty car that stands out for its handling”.

Although the twin-turbo V12 has “many great attributes”, he told the website, the larger engine’s extra weight would change the handling characteristics of the vehicle.

GTE racing version

Aston Martin plans to replace its existing Vantage GTE racing car with a new version based on the forthcoming sports car.

The new Vantage GTE will compete in next year’s World Endurance Championship and feature at long-distance races such as the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.

It shares much of its design with the new road car, although the racing version gets a large rear wing and rear diffuser to improve grip at high speeds. The Vantage GTE also has a tuned version of the 4.0-litre V8 found in the road car.

Rivals

The outgoing Vantage is a direct rival to the base-level Porsche 911 Carrera and Jaguar F-Type, says Auto Express.

The new version will still have these as rivals, but could also challenge the Mercedes-AMG GT as both cars share the same engine.

Aston Martin’s new V8 Vantage spied testing in Germany

The launch of Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage replacement is due later this year – and now the car has been spied testing at the 12.9-mile Nurburgring race track in Germany.

We’re getting closer to the reveal of the all-new V8 Vantage — Aston Martin’s crucial new model https://t.co/iJuRkGPviB pic.twitter.com/cdn790izmR

Images posted on Evo of the development car wrapped in camouflage offer the best look at the Vantage’s new bodywork so far.

“Aston Martin looks to have wisely moved the new Vantage further away from its bigger DB11 brother,” the magazine says, adding that the new model has “the shark-nose grill of the one-off DB10 seen in James Bond, combined with a tighter body”.

The “contentious floating roof strakes” from the British carmaker’s flagship DB11 “also look to be missing from underneath the camouflaged wrap”.

At the back, the new Vantage bears a striking resemblance to the DB10, says Auto Express, incorporating the same “thin, horizontal tail-lights” and “small lip spoiler” as the James Bond car.

It will be the second car in the range “to benefit from a technical partnership with Mercedes’ parent company Daimler”, the magazine says, as the AMG-derived 4.0-litre V8 engine that appears in the eight-cylinder DB11 is also expected in the new Vantage.

However, the magazine adds, “Aston will tweak the Mercedes powertrain with new components and an ECU remap for a more distinct character.”

Pricing has yet to be announced, but Evo says the new Vantage could come with a “six-figure” price tag when orders open “later in the year”.

Aston Martin Vantage: What to expect from the new sports car

Aston Martin’s replacement for the popular V8 Vantage has been spotted in production form ahead of its debut.

Images posted by AutoExpress show the car wrapped in camouflage, but it’s clear to see it will have a significantly different look to the company’s DB11 flagship.

The new #AstonMartin V8 Vantage has been spied again, but this time in production form. More pics here: https://t.co/4g0v3hWSCD pic.twitter.com/alzZ0ovF1t

With short overhangs at the rear and thin headlights, the new Vantage appears to share much of its design with the Aston Martin DB10 built exclusively for the James Bond film Spectre.

«The tail of the car is flatter than before,» says AutoExpress, and now comes with «a small hump at the edge of the hatch incorporating a small lip spoiler».

A large and «intricate» rear diffuser replaces the minimalistic one of the older car, making the back «look more aggressive.»

«Perhaps the biggest nod to the DB11» are the air vents «bleeding into the front wheelarches», which are «hidden behind strips of black tape» on the development car, the magazine adds.

According to Autocar, the V8 Vantage will be built on the «new generation of aluminium architecture» that first appeared on the DB11, helping to make it «lighter and more torsionally rigid than its predecessor».

A Mercedes-AMG-derived 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that could produce 500bhp in regular form is expected under the bonnet, adds the mag.

Evo says Aston could offer a manual six-speed gearbox as well as an eight-speed automatic and to expect a zero to 60mph time of less than four seconds.

The Vantage is due «later in the year» and the mag says costs may exceed the old car’s £94,995 starting price.

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Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore — The Vantage continues Aston Martin’s evolution as a modern sports- and supercar maker. This machine feels special. It’s gorgeous and translates Aston’s design language effectively. It sounds intoxicating. I blasted around Detroit’s sleepy suburbs one chilly night and felt a bit like James Bond. The AMG-sourced V8 is well-calibrated and works smoothly with the eight-speed automatic. Pulling the paddles is obviously fun. The steering returned proper feedback with adequate weight. The chassis is tight but not abusive. Considering the Vantage has so much power and technical prowess, it’s still imminently drivable. I was comfortable almost immediately, and it’s the kind of car that left me feeling satisfied and wanting more. That’s the essence of Aston.

Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Synder — The V8 Vantage holds a special place in my heart, and my heart was beating faster just looking at it in our parking lot. It’s a gorgeous car, and it stands up to close inspection. I love the detail, the colors, the look of the materials and how they accentuate the car’s design. That attention to detail is even more pronounced inside the car, where there’s something interesting going on everywhere you look, including the headliner.

Driving the car is a lot calmer than you might expect. Yeah, it’s fast and a bit stiff, but not jarringly so. The AMG V8 and eight-speed transmission work wonders together. The acceleration is smooth and linear, with shifts happening in an instant, and without drama. Plus, I love the giant paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. They’re thin, but extremely long, and they’re always right where you expect them to be when you reach out with your finger.

There were just a couple things that stood out to me as imperfect. On the infotainment interface on the center tunnel, the control wheel is tucked away, which helps keep you from accidentally bumping it, but makes it a little awkward to use. The other thing was that the whole driver seat moved around underneath me. I’m sure Aston saved some weight with these seats, but this didn’t feel very securely attached to the floor.

I forgot about both of those things as I found my way out of traffic and onto some curvy roads. This thing builds and carries a ton of speed with ease. And as good as it looks in its natural state of motion, this car was turning heads — and cellphones — when prowling through the parking lot.

Fun #SnyderFact: the fastest I’ve ever driven was 162 mph, in an @AstonMartin V8 Vantage S. I won’t be beating that on my commute home in this Vantage tonight as, sadly, there’s not an easily accessible banked oval along the way. @therealautoblog pic.twitter.com/TKQlXHWwu2

— John Spaghettimouse Snyder (@jbeltzsnyder) October 3, 2018

Associate Editor Reese Counts — I’ll keep this short. The new Vantage is a real peach. It’s got sharp styling, though I’m still not bowled over by that grille. I also wish our tester was some color other than plain grey. It’s a bit boring and conservative for a car like this. The interior, too, is pleasant to look at. All the details look and feel premium. As Aston Martin told me at the DBS Superleggera launch, everything that looks like metal is metal. As others have mentioned, the AMG-sourced V8 is a screamer, a rich and dirty twin-turbo orchestra. I’m not sure it’s the car for me — I think I’d save some cash and stick with a Porsche 911 GT3 — but I’m certainly glad it exists. It’s also a good alternative for those not wanting just another 911.

Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale — The new Aston Martin Vantage is a real stunner. Walking over to it over the weekend, I took a few moments to drink in its vast, angry grille, which looked like it was ready to eat the pavement in front of it. I studied its many elegant yet aggressive curves, and smiled watching the doors gently rise upward as they were opened. I was also pleased to find that the interior matches the exterior. It’s aggressive and athletic looking, maybe a bit too much so, but it’s also excellent quality. If it looks like leather or metal, it is. The controls were a bit unfathomable, though, with map light switches mingling among climate control switches.

Coming back to the looks of the car, they really are amazing and one of the car’s highlights. And to borrow from LeVar Burton, don’t take my word for it. I took my brother for a ride, and he was bowled over by the looks, as well as the acceleration brought on by the 500-horsepower AMG engine. On that particular outing, I also brought it to a barbecue place in Ann Arbor, and the people working that evening spotted it, gushed over it, and asked me all about it. This car has genuine supercar visual cred.

As for the way it drives, I was less excited. The main problem is that, at least on public roads, nothing about it feels particularly special or characterful. The twin-turbo V8 makes some pretty amazing crackles in track mode, but otherwise sounds a little muted and raspy. It also doesn’t deliver explosive acceleration like you would find in a Z06 or Hellcat. It does corner very quickly, with virtually no body roll, and the nose darts in with every little input, but it feels extremely numb. I suspect the car would be more fun on a racetrack when it can be pushed to its limits, but on public roads, it doesn’t do enough to keep you feeling as special as you look to passersby.

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