It's the latest Aston to wear the Vantage badge that was first used in 1951 on the DB2 - and replaces the former model that was the best-selling Aston ever.
Besides the exterior and the drivetrain, the interior has been heavily reworked too.
It's still called the Vantage, but is a lot more modern both inside and out. "The Vantage is about being the hunter". Its limited-slip differential is mechanical, as opposed to the street car's electronic unit.
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The bonnet is a single clamshell design, with minimal shut lines.
The design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports vehicle cockpit. Motorsport diffusers are a bit more hardcore than your average car's diffuser, and that's pretty damn evident here - the thing sticks out for days behind the rear bumper.
Tipping the scales at 3,373 lbs and employing a front-mid-engined configuratioun, this athlete comes with a 50:50 weight distribution, while being the first Aston Martin to pack an electronically-controlled rear diff with torque vectoring.
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"I thought, wow, we are already at this level, and we are only doing the shakedown".
It's the same twin turbo 4-liter V8 that powers the Mercedes-AMG GT from standstill to 100km/h in 4 seconds flat and on to a 189mph (304km/h) top speed. It's tuned to produce 505lb ft of torque at 2000-5000rpm, a small increase on the DB11. Aston Martin says the Vantage will go from 0-60 miles per hour in a cool 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 195 miles per hour. Aston Martin claims estimated fuel economy of 26.8mpg on the combined cycle. That version of the Vantage was available with a 565-horsepower V12 engine.
Balance of Performance will obviously dictate its final output, but we do know that Aston has partnered with several new technical partners to otherwise maximise its ability. Each makes the car's performance, and its engine sound, more aggressive. A manual gearbox is due to follow next year.
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Visually, the new Aston Martin Vantage takes some inspiration from the carmaker's DB10 concept.
Other appointments include a tricky new electronic rear differential to aid driving stability and a chassis further refined from the DB11. Three driving modes can adjust the systems' settings: Sport, Sport Plus and Track. The Alcon brakes have six-piston front calipers and four-piston rears, with ventilated discs and integrated temperature and pad wear sensors front and rear. The controls are grouped into clusters for different systems on a central feature. "It's more of a cockpit feel", said Holgate. The interior has leather and Alcantara upholstery with full leather as an option. The Vantage also features an 8.0in LCD screen as standard, with smartphone integration.
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