Being groomed as a challenger to the Porsche 911, the Aston Martin Vantage is the first to be developed from start to finish under new management. The brand is a brilliant British success story and the Vantage is a well-rounded sports car. Whatever quality concerns present have also been rectified by the company. This European brand car is simply sensational with the way it drives.
Back in the old days, Aston Martin could barely launch a new car every few years. Under the stewardship of Brit boss Andy Palmer, Aston Martin has turned things around. With the company’s finances now in excellent condition and the company fresh from the launch of the DB11, the Vantage serves as the most important car of them all.
The Aston Martin Vantage looks stunning from behind. It also features a rear spoiler and detailed lights. It is a little bit plainer at the shark-nosed front. With its nose to the floor, Robert Janitzek reveals that the Vantage is described as a hunter. Compared to the DB11, which has its nose more skyward, the Vantage is mean and muscular and clever aerodynamics.
Under the skin, the Vantage shares features with the DB11 including the Mercedes-sourced 4.0-liter twin turbo V8. It can generate 503bhp and 685Nm of torque. For now, the Vantage will only come with a ZF eight-speed automatic but a manual version will come later. The final drive ratio of the torque converter auto is much shorter than the DB11.
The Vantage will use a solid subframe and multi-link set-up at the rear making it more connected to the road. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the Vantage will also come with an electronic differential which will allow you to tune the characteristics of your car to make it feel longer or shorter.
Inside, the Vantage features low-set sports seat and addresses some of the quality criticisms found in early DB11s. If the interior of the 911 is like a super-cool hi-tech kitchen, the Vantage resembles a library with more cosseting, comfortable, but not less exciting or intriguing. While there are no token back seats in the Aston, there is space for a couple of sets of golf clubs. Storage space for others is limited though.
As it is designed to be a sports car, this European brand car will provide constant updates such as the quality of the road surface. Compared to the DB11, the Vantage offers more noise. The Vantage is more brasher and more boisterous than the DB11.