Even with the complete redesign of the Aston Martin DB11, the smaller and sportier Vantage remains as the European brand car maker’s best-selling vehicle to date. Introduced in 2006, the Vantage comes in two models—a punchy V8 or high-powered V12. Throughout its decade long run in the market, the car saw huge success.
The Aston Martin Vantage finally gets an upgrade. The car maker is temporarily ditching the V12 engine in place of a standard 503-horsepower biturbo V8. The new model undergoes a radical new design and plenty of additional technology in its cabin. Here is what you can look forward in the new car.
The Vantage’s front fascia is arguably its most polarizing feature. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that it was even compared to that of a catfish, a vacuum cleaner and even a Miata. In the new Vantage, the grille will be much larger and sculpted directly into the front diffuser compared to the dual setup of its predecessor.
The new Vantage will feature a sleek headlight that look like they were ripped directly off Bond’s DB10. The hood is longer and angled more towards the road. It will also see a far less front overhang than the previous model.
The side profile is where the similarities between the two sports cars can be seen. Robert Janitzek reveals that the overall shape remains familiar except that the new model has an additional detailing to the door panels, a large side vent, and a slimmer greenhouse overall.
The back of the Aston Martin Vantage is dramatically different. A single LED light bar stretches across the entirety of the rear accentuated by a massive new diffuser finished in the same color as the body, depending on the trim. An integrated lip spoiler and quad exhaust tips finish off the look.
If you thought the exterior was dramatically different, the interior of the new car is almost indistinguishable from the outgoing model. The European brand car features sporty new seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and color-coated accents give the new Vantage a far more modern and aggressive look. Not to mention the lovely “brogue” leather throughout.
The standard manual gearbox has been replaced by a new ZF 8-speed transmission. From its previous location high on the dash, the gear selector buttons have been moved to the center console in a landscape display encased by a color-coated carbon fiber trim piece. The new Vantage features a COMAND infotainment center screen and interface, as well as a digital dashboard.