The 2018 Vantage is Aston Martin's 503-hp entry-level sports vehicle
22 November, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Grady King
The next-generation Vantage is especially significant for Aston Martin, as it's the second model in the British automaker's "second century" plan.
The firm has revamped its entry-level model with an "analogue" approach that puts the focus on providing a direct, engaging drive, and that is reflected in the car's exterior and interior design.
The new sports vehicle is bold, distinctive, and sure to be divisive. "The Vantage is about being the hunter".
The new Vantage GTE undertook its first test on Michelins at Sebring the week after the Shanghai WEC round earlier this month. This is a feature that could become a signature design item on future Aston Martin cars, a spokeswoman said.
The previous V8-powered version of the Vantage had a 430 horsepower engine.
Aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the auto, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. Holgate called the diffuser a signature of the Vantage.
It has been set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Under the bonnet you'll find a Mercedes-AMG-derived 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that belts out 375kW and 685Nm. It's tuned to produce 505lb ft of torque at 2000-5000rpm, a small increase on the DB11.
Factor in the dry weight of 1,530 kg (3,373 lb) and you'll understand why the Vantage can catapult itself from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 miles per hour (314 km/h). Its CO2 emissions are 245g/km and it can return 26mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle. A manual gearbox is due to follow next year.
The chassis has been developed on the bonded aluminium structure seen on the DB11, though 70 percent of the components are new for Vantage.
The new Aston Martin Vantage has some big tyres to fill then, and luckily, Aston Martin aren't playing it safe. Factor in the adaptive dampers and electronic powersterring, as well as the Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes and you'll end up with a machine prepared to please both its driver and the Bond girl riding shotgun (perhaps things could be the other way around).
To keep it on the road there are a lot of electronic systems present onboard, including Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. 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. There's an 8-inch LCD screen with navigation and dual-zone automatic climate control to maintain comfort throughout the ride. "It's more of a cockpit feel", said Holgate. Alcantara and leather upholstery round off the luxury interior. That's what James Bond drives; that's the one that everyone points to as one of the most lovely cars in the world, and that's the one that's easy to keep track of, with generations named DB1, DB2, DB4 and so on to DB11.
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