This is the new Aston Martin Vantage, a new version of the two-seater sports car that has made huge strides in power, price and performance. Costing from around £165,000, the new Vantage will go into production in the next few months, with the first customer cars arriving in the second quarter of 2024.
Once considered Aston Martin’s entry level, the new Vantage has been pushed further into the supercar space. The British sports car maker has made the choice to target the top-drawers Porsche 911 Turbo S and Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, rather than the 911 Carrera that the previous Vantage faced. With this new position comes increased expectations but Vantage already appears to be delivering on paper and key figures.
Engine and performance
Headlining the new Aston Martin Vantage is a power output of 656bhp, a significant increase of 153bhp over the previous model’s output. Torque is also up 116Nm to 800Nm, all from heavy updates to the existing AMG-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. In this case, Aston Martin has installed bigger turbos and higher pressures, reworked the camshafts and improved the compression ratio to match. When we spoke to Aston Martin’s Director of Automotive Performance, Simon Newton, he revealed: “We were able to specify exactly what we wanted with the engine, it is now the engine recommended for the Vantage.”
Aston has had to improve the engine’s cooling by increasing the air intake at the front, increasing the size of the oil cooler and installing a new pipe on the underside of the bonnet that feeds cold air directly to the turbocharger. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an enhanced 8-speed automatic transmission, which is mounted to the rear axle along with an electronically controlled limited slip differential.
The transmission has been recalibrated to reduce shift times, and comes with a shorter final drive for more gear punch. Simon continued: “We liked the gear position and found it suitable and suitable for the engine, but we’ve brought it to life with a shorter final drive, so the speed at which you go through the gears is faster. .”
Aston quotes a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds when the sprint is effected via a new launch control function. That’s 0.2 of a second quicker than before and matches the slightly run V12 Vantage S. Despite the car’s final proportions, top speed is now 202mph, 7mph more than before.
To help manage this newfound grunt, Aston has developed a new Adjustable Traction Control (ATC) system that will allow drivers to fine-tune the amount of intervention. Along with the basic ON and OFF settings, the central Monitor mode can be adjusted through 8 steps of intervention via a physical rotary switch on the center console.
Body and chassis
Aston Martin has also made significant updates to the chassis, starting with the adoption of a 30mm wider body borrowed from the previous V12 S. In addition, the front end has been fundamentally redesigned by Aston to remove the clamshell-style bonnet. of the more common bonnet and wing configuration. In the process Aston has also installed a redesigned front chassis member and engine mount, and reshaped reinforcement panels under both axles.
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The damping mounts are tougher and should help the Vantage put its incredible downforce as efficiently as possible. Simon commented on the basic handling setup, saying: “I came from Lotus and Bentley before that, so it’s not just my experience, but also my preference for engineering cars that breathe and the road. But with the Vantage we wanted to bring that to scale. maximum control.
The overall design of the suspension is the same as before, with a double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and adjustable dampers, but the tuning of both springs and dampers is new, the latter now working with more integrated car dynamics. system.
Aston Martin claims a 30 percent increase in stiffness at the rear axle, and a further improvement in steering precision thanks to a new non-discrete steering column. The steering ratio is fixed, and it has support for varying between different driver modes. Indeed, the steering is an area that Simon Newton is particularly proud of, telling us that: “The precision of the steering and the way the car feels ‘together’ on the road is something we are very proud of. This car was put on British roads, which as you know, are some of the most challenging roads in the world.”
The 21-inch wheels and tires are new and available in three different designs. All are now forged, and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 5S rubber that has been developed specifically for Aston Martin.
Design and interior
New Aston Martins have the unenviable task of living up to one of the finest classic catalogs of any manufacturer and the new Vantage is no different. No pressure, then.
Despite sharing its basic design with the previous Vantage – including the V12 engine – the new Vantage still looks fresh and very aggressive. Many changes have been applied from the front pillars. The slim headlights of the previous generation car have been replaced by large vertical units that share their Matrix LED interior lights with the larger DB12 headlights. These flank a widened grille, and sit beneath a more detailed bonnet. In place of the original shell bonnet, Aston has also managed to fit a custom front wing which features a return to the traditional side stripes.
The side and rear are more familiar, but include new quad exhausts integrated into the lower bumper and a diffuser that can be specified in carbon fiber as an option. As before the rear lights can be classified in color and red finishes.
The cabin has been completely renovated with high-end finishes and a new Aston Martin infotainment system. It has the same basic architecture as the DB12, but has its own bottom console and separate port cards. You can also mention Aston’s carbon fiber bucket seats with the usual Sport seat design, but the cabin is a two-seater with only a small bench behind.
Price and availability
The new Vantage will go into production in early 2024, with customer deliveries to follow in the spring. Prices haven’t been dropped yet, but expect it to start from around £165,000, with a long and expensive list of options along with that to enable massive customisation, and price increases.
The Vantage Coupe will be joined in time by a Roadster version and the pair will sit below the new DB12 and the future DBS replacement in Aston Martin’s front-engined sports car range. Aston’s mid-engine Valhalla will arrive in the next year or so, and the DBX SUV is likely to receive its own set of updates later this year.
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