The new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage builds on a strong legacy and seeks to strengthen the entry level offering for a newly resurgent Aston Martin
You can’t help loving the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage. It looks so much sleeker than the previous generation car, you could be forgiven for thinking it wasn’t even an Aston. But hang on – despite all the collaboration behind the scenes, this car is nothing like anything else out there.
The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage takes the formula of a low stance, exacting proportions and weight distribution and a new, biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine rather seriously. The styling has some rather curious influences linked to older Astons, while it builds on the new suite of technologies available to the company. The nose is lower, the headlights wrap-around almost to the wheel bays, while the lowered grille sits below a rather strong ridge that runs back to the rear fender. Along the lines of both the DB10 and DB11, the profile is lowered too, with an aggressively sloped roofline.
The interiors have been carved out to match that sleekness. The driver sits lower, yet the car avoids looking cramped. The dashboard has a surfeit of carbon-fibre composites to match with the alcantara and leather. The cut-away steering wheel is both smaller and more modern, while the centre console gets new graphics, new hard controls and a system interface that uses elements from German suppliers. One look at the rotary dial and trackpad unit, should tell you where the system is borrowed from – but it looks good sitting just south of the five buttons in an arrow formation that mark out the P,N,R and D selectors along with the central Engine Stop/Start function.
In continuation of the exclusivity that marks even the entry level Aston Martins – the 2018 Aston Martin interior reflects the handmade luxury that remains a hallmark of the badge. The seats are deep and encompassing, with high grade leather, piped stitching that matches the colour theme and electric adjustment. While the car itself is designed to be light, no attempt has been made to shed weight where it is needed for creature comforts – like the plentitude of motors.
The engine is itself a brand new 4.0-litre biturbo V8 with 510PS and 685Nm all the way from 2000 to 5000rpm. This is mated to the new generation ZF-made eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels from its rear-mount position. Performance figures include the standing 60mph in 3.5-seconds and a maximum speed of 195mph (312 km/h).
Electronic controls available as standard on the car include, dynamic stability control and dynamic torque vectoring. An extension of the stability control system now incorporates an E-diff at the rear making the process of sensing and allocating torque to the relevant wheel much faster.
The body is constructed using Aston Martin’s composite aluminium body bonding process that works well for the lower volume typical of the brand. It makes the chassis much stiffer and more responsive. The car also gets adaptive damping and the choice of Sport, Sport plus and Track modes. The car sits on standard 20″ alloys shod with pirelli P-Zero tyres that have been ‘developed specifically for the new Vantage’.
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.”