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Archive for the ‘Aston Martin Vantage’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage GT3

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage was introduced in 2018 as the company’s latest entry-level model. It replaced the Vantage model that the British firm offered from 2005 through 2017. With a brand-new model on public roads, Aston Martin is now also offering a couple of race-spec versions, one of which is the Vantage GT3.

Developed to replace the Vantage V12 GT3 that Aston Martin has been racing since 2012, the new Vantage GT3 is closely related to its GTE-spec sibling. The British company will use it as a factory race car, but it will also offer it as a customer racer for GT3-spec series around the world, including the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

PostHeaderIcon October 5 is Now Known as Global James Bond Day!

Aston Martin has long been associated with James Bond. The relevance of cars in movies more or less started with the Aston Martin cars featuring in James Bond movies. To commemorate this iconic relationship, Aston Martin has teamed up with the producers of James Bond, EON Productions and Sky, to celebrate “Global James Bond Day” today, the October 5th.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600

Aston Martin just redesigned the Vantage for 2018, replacing the previous model after no fewer than 13 years on the market. But, in a surprising turn of events, the British firm revived the old model for a limited-edition run called the Vantage V600. Built by the company’s Q division, the V600 was designed on request and will be produced in only 14 units, split between seven coupes and seven convertibles. The Vantage V600 pays tribute to the original V8 Vantage V600 that Aston Martin introduced in 1998.

Based on the Virage model sold between 1989 and 2000, the previous V600 was the most extreme iteration of the Vantage model. Powered by a 600 horsepower supercharged engine (remember, that was in 1998!), the first V600 was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time. Come 2018, and Aston Martin is sending the VH-platform Vantage into the history books with a similar model. Although not as extreme as its predecessor, the new-old V600 marks the official retirement of the iconic VH platform in two-door Aston Martins.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Rear end is significantly wider

The Vantage nameplate enjoys a long history under the Aston Martin banner, first seeing use in 1951 as a high-performance variant of the DB2. Eventually, the Vantage became a unique standalone model, and over time, secured its spot as the single most successful vehicle in the brand’s history. Framed as a more accessible GT two-door, this “entry-level” Aston offers daily driver comfort wrapped in a smaller, lighter, and more agile package. Now, there’s a new generation, coming proper with fresh styling, a new interior layout, more dynamism behind the wheel, and ever-higher levels of performance. Now, enjoy it all for yourself by displaying it as your desktop wallpaper!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Rear end is significantly wider

The Vantage nameplate enjoys a long history under the Aston Martin banner, first seeing use in 1951 as a high-performance variant of the DB2. Eventually, the Vantage became a unique standalone model, and over time, secured its spot as the single most successful vehicle in the brand’s history. Framed as a more accessible GT two-door, this “entry-level” Aston offers daily driver comfort wrapped in a smaller, lighter, and more agile package. Now, there’s a new generation, coming proper with fresh styling, a new interior layout, more dynamism behind the wheel, and ever-higher levels of performance. Now, enjoy it all for yourself by displaying it as your desktop wallpaper!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage in Deep Thought

Rear end is significantly wider

2018 Aston Martin Vantage


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Read our full review of the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage or check out more Vantage wallpapers in the gallery below!

Related Video: Aston Martin Vantage First Look


PostHeaderIcon Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

2017 Ford Mustang SUV Concept


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No matter the market, the Ford Mustang is undoubtedly considered ‘Merica’s sports car. And, as sales numbers will prove, ‘Merica also loves its SUVs. So then – what if you took the styling of the new sixth-generation pony car and grafted it to the front end of a tall-bodied SUV? Sounds like a red, white, and blue dream come true, right? Just make sure to tick the V-8 option under the hood – no four-banger needed here, thank you very much.

Alfa Romeo 4C SUV Concept


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The Alfa Romeo 4C is classic sports car stuff – small, lightweight, excellent weight distribution, and smile-making handling chops. It’s also quite the looker, if you ask us. But that’s a formula we wouldn’t mind seeing in other segments as well, including SUVs. As such, this Italian beauty might have us clamoring for more, even with hotness like the Alfa Stelvio already out and about. We’re thinking a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder under the hood, plus a six-speed dual-clutch auto box to drive the rear wheels.

McLaren 720S SUV Concept


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To help broaden its appeal beyond the unobtanium hypercars that make up the top of its lineup, McLaren also offers a variety of “entry-level” supercars with the Sports Series, which includes models like the 570 and 540. Then there’s the mid-grade Super Series, which bridges the gap to the top dog Ultimate Series and P1, thanks to the still-obscenely-quick 720. Of course, it’s all in the name of funding McLaren’s racing efforts, which means a 720S SUV might pay a few bills in case Fernando Alongo’s ride goes pop (again). We would expect V-8 power and surprisingly good aero bits for this one.

BMW i8 SUV Concept


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We love the BMW i8 for a variety of reasons. Not only is it quick, but its got tons of tech under the skin. Carbon fiber everything plus hybrid motivation can make for a potent combo, even in SUV guise. We’d expect AWD to make a reappearance with an i8 SUV, plus an ICE with a few extra cylinders to help it retain the i8’s sporting intentions. You probably wanna move the gas-burner into the nose as well. Oh, and that sci-fi exterior styling? Looks pretty good on an SUV – at least we think it does…

Aston Martin V12 Vantage SUV Concept


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Aston Martin is well versed in the art of the grand tourer. Make it comfortable inside, make it beautiful outside, and make it very quick everywhere else. We think taking that formula and applying it to an SUV format would likely be equally as successful, given the average car buyer’s obsession with adding practicality to traditionally sports-focused brands. Either way, who can argue with 12 cylinders thumping under a well-louvered hood?

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 SUV Concept


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Muscle cars are actually pretty good inspiration material for a sporty SUV. The power is already there, so why not build on it with a large-and-in-charge body style? That’s exactly what’s going on with Camaro ZL1 SUV, which also tosses in the track-friendly coupe’s aero with a front splitter, lower bumper canards, and side skirts, not to mention that flat-black vented hood. The only question left to answer is what kind of times will it turn on the track…

Ferrari 488 SUV Concept


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No doubt this one will have some of you out there crying foul, as the Prancing Horse would never, ever resort to creating an SUV, right? Right?! Not so fast there, chief. Word has it the Prancing Horse might be seriously considering exactly that, so this 488 concept might not be too far off the mark. Coming proper in corsa rosso red paint and rocking the sleek front end of its coupe sibling, this thing certainly looks the part of a Ferrari…

Honda NSX SUV Concept


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The second-gen NSX is a fantastic piece of kit. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbos, plus no less than three electric motors, its got the right powertrain to have us watering at the mouth, while the advanced exterior aero and space-age vibe help it stand out in the segment. Ported over to crossover form, it gets a much more bubbly countenance, but as long as it still goes like stink, we’d have a hard time complaining.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage Volante

2019 Aston Martin Vantage Volante - rendering by xtomi.blogspot.com

The Aston Martin Vantage just moved in its second generation for the 2018 model year and there are solid signs that the new coupe is a big hit with sports car enthusiasts. Following rave reviews about its looks and performance, customers rushed into dealerships and purchased the entire production run for 2018 in just a few days. The Vantage hasn’t been this popular since it was first introduced in 2005! With both the road-going coupe and the race-spec GTE model out in the open, it’s time to look at another version that Aston Martin may launch soon. The Volante is at the top of our list, with an introduction likely to take place in late 2018 or early 2019.

The convertible model has been part of the Vantage heritage since 2006. It was actually launched as the Roadster, but the Volante name (Aston Martin talk for cabriolet) could be used on the new model. Just like its predecessor, the new convertible will have the same features inside, out, and under the hood, but will provide customers with infinite headroom for those hot summer days. The Volante will enable the Vantage to better compete in its niche, offering a proposition to the highly popular Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and the gorgeous looking Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage Volante.

Exterior

  • Gorgeous exterior design from the coupe
  • Cabriolet layout works well with the styling
  • Aggressive front and rear fascias
  • Soft-top to mimic coupe roof

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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

“The Volante model will be identical to the coupe below the waist”

We’ve already seen the new Aston Martin Vantage, and we agree that it’s downright gorgeous. If you don’t share our opinion on its design, it’s about time you get a pair of glasses.

The good news here is that the Volante model will be identical to the coupe below the waist. Also, X-Tomi’s rendering of the car shows that the drop-top configuration works well with the new Vantage design. Actually, I might like the convertible better than the coupe. And this comes from a coupe guy who doesn’t fancy cabriolets too much. Unless they’re really big and made in the U.S. in the 1960s.


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“The rendering shows that the drop-top configuration works well with the new Vantage design”

Anyway, all the cool new design features of the coupe will be transferred onto the Volante, starting with the massive front intake, the smaller, organic headlamps, and the pointy nose. When viewed from the sides, the Vantage’s new and sexy beltline and sculpted side skirts will be combined with raked A-pillars and windshield and a slightly revised decklid to make way for the soft-top. As with any convertible, the B- and C-pillars will be gone, but Aston Martin will probably replicate the metal roof as much as possible with the soft-top in order to give the Volante similar aerodynamics.

The rear will remain identical to the coupe, with the very slim taillights, the race-inspired diffuser, and the big exhaust pipes. The rear windscreen will be gone and the decklid will become flatter and will seem slightly longer, but this shouldn’t damage the car’s wonderful design. All told, the Vantage Volante will be one of the most exciting cabriolets on the sports car market.

Interior

  • Infinite headroom
  • Extra button for folding roof
  • Modern design
  • New, state-of-the-art technology
  • Leather and Alcantara
  • Carbon-fiber trim
  • Large infotainment display
  • Many standard features

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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

“Except for the two-seat layout and the driver-focused dashboard, everything else was redesigned”

Changes inside the new Vantage are rather dramatic. Except for the two-seat layout and the driver-focused dashboard, everything else was redesigned to look more modern. And needless to say, the previous Vantage looked a bit dated inside the cabin.

The dash and the center console sport a more organic design with various design elements flowing into each other. The center stack includes quite a few buttons and knobs, as well as an infotainment display at the top. But unlike other cars with floating screens, the Vantage has it set in a special pocket. This not only keeps the display in the driver’s view but also improves visibility.


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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

“The dashboard and the center console sport a more organic design”

There’s gloss black trim and black leather with contrast stitching, but you can also have brightly colored center console and door panel inserts, as well as carbon-fiber trim. The transmission button layout is unique, with the Park, Reverse, Neutral, and Drive inputs arranged in a triangular configuration, with the Start button at the top.

Leather and Alcantara cover just about every surface, while the sporty seats come with memory function, ventilation, and heating. The latter two are optional though. Customers can also opt for the Sport Plus seats and a sportier steering wheel with an aggressive flat bottom. Features include automatic climate control with dual-zone temperature, keyless start and stop, a parking distance display, and park assist with front and rear parking sensors.


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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

“All Vantage interior features will carry over unchanged to the Volante model”

The infotainment is accessed through an eight-inch LCD screen. The standard audio system is Aston Martin’s very own design, but a Premium Audio is available. Bluetooth connectivity, phone streaming features, an iPod connector, USB playback, and satellite navigation come standard.

All of the above will carry over unchanged to the Volante model. Only two things will be different: an extra button for soft-top operation and infinite headroom when the roof is stowed behind the seats. Speaking of which, trunk space will decrease with the top rolled off. Not that the Vantage was made to carry a huge amount of shopping bags, but you’ll get a bit less luggage room in this configuration.

Drivetrain

  • Twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine
  • 503 horsepower
  • 505 pound-feet of torque
  • 75-horsepower more than old model
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds
  • Top speed of at least 190 mph
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Up to 34 mpg on the highway

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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

“The 4.0-liter V-8 is rated at 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque”

As before, the Volante model will share underpinnings with the coupe. So expect to find the 2018 Vantage’s all-alloy, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 powerplant under the hood. The engine is mounted further toward the back for a front-mid layout, which provides more even weight distribution. Output is rated at 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm, which is pretty close to the engine’s numbers in its original Mercedes-AMG form. The new V-8 is a significant bump over the previous 4.3-liter V-8, which generated 430 horsepower. So we’re looking at a solid 75 horsepower increase.

The new engine is more modern too and features quad cams, water-to-air charge cooling, CNC-machined combustion chambers, and a 10.5:1 compression ratio. The stainless steel exhaust uses an electronically controlled flap for either a loud or quieter exhaust note. The mill mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission provided by ZF. Mounted at the rear/mid-position for optimal weight distribution, the new gearbox replaces the previous seven-speed transmission. There’s no word on a manual yet, so be prepared to send all that oomph to the rear wheels through the automatic. Speaking of which, this is achieved through an alloy torque tube and carbon-fiber prop shaft.


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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

“Expect the 0-to-60 mph sprint to come in 3.6 seconds”

Like any modern sports car, the Vantage is fitted with an electronic rear differential for extra traction. The coupe is the first Aston to get such a device, but expect to find it in the Volante too (as well as other Aston Martins in the future).

Moving over to performance figures, we already know that the Vantage coupe needs 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. That’s nearly a half-second quicker than the outgoing Vantage S model. Expect similar performance from the Volante, but shave a tenth-second off that benchmark. Due to a slightly higher weight and possibly different aerodynamics, the convertible should need 3.6 clicks to get to speed. Top speed should also drop from the coupe’s 195-mph rating to around 192 mph. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is likely to remain the same at 19.7 mpg in the city, 34.3 mpg on the highway, and 26.8 mpg combined.

Chassis, Suspension, and Braking

  • New platform
  • 70-percent unique chassis parts
  • Double-wishbone front suspenion
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Adaptive Damping System
  • Pirelli P Zero tires

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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

“The design uses a solidly mounted rear subframe for a more connected feel on the road”

Being a small, niche-oriented company, Aston Martin relies on the same underpinnings for its entire lineup. That’s why all vehicles up until 2016 were built on the VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform (except the One-77 and the Vulcan). The Brits have launched a brand-new platform with the DB11 that will soon underpin all Aston Martin vehicles. The new Vantage is also using it, even though about 70 percent of the components have been revised.

The design uses a solidly mounted rear subframe for a more connected feel on the road, as well as a speed-sensitive electric power assist steering for precise cornering. The front suspension includes double wishbones, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar, while the rear section uses a multi-link with coil springs and an anti-roll bar.

The Vantage also comes with an Adaptive Damping System that changes its setup according to the drive mode. The system alters the dampers, but also changes engine, transmission, differential, steering, and stability settings. The brake assist, traction control, and torque control systems also help keep everything under control.

Traction comes from high-performance Pirelli P Zero tires, while stopping power is provided by big 15.7- and 14.2-inch brake discs front and rear.

Prices


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Note: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe pictured here.

Pricing for the Vantage coupe starts from $149,995, but there’s no work as to how much the Volante would cost. This isn’t surprising though, as Aston Martin has yet to confirm the convertible and it will take some time until it arrives. My best guess is that we won’t see it in showrooms until 2019. However, it’s safe to assume that it will cost more than the coupe, simply because convertibles are usually priced higher. I’d venture to say that the Vantage Volante will come in at almost $160,000 before options.

The optional packages should remain the same, so be on the lookout for the Sports Plus Pack (Sports Plus seats, Sports steering wheel), the Exterior Black Pack (matte black front grill mesh, matte black window surround), the Tech Pack (keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, auto park assist, touchpad, glass switches), and the Comfort Pack (16-way adjustable seats, heated seats, closed storage and armrest).

Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet


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The drop-top version of the Vantage would go against the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, a classic of the sports car market. The German car was updated for 2017 model year, gaining an updated exterior, new technology, and a more powerful engine. Both styling and sporty on the outside, the 911 Turbo stands out in this niche for being the only vehicle with a rear-mounted engine. Motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter inline-six engine available in two power ratings. The 911 Turbo model comes with 540 horsepower, while the 911 Turbo S gets 580 horses. Not only more powerful than the Vantage, the 911 Turbo is also quicker. The base model needs three seconds to hit 60 mph, while the Turbo S gets to the benchmark in 2.9 clicks. Both figures are achieved with the Sport Chrono package. Top speed is also superior at 198 and 205 mph, respectively. The Porsche returns good fuel economy too, being able to hit 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, it’s significantly more expensive too. While the 911 Turbo Cabriolet retails from $174,100, the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet starts from $203,000 before options.

Read our review of the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster


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Introduced in 2015, the Mercedes-AMG is the spiritual successor to the iconic SLS AMG. A tad smaller than its predecessor, it’s aimed at the Porsche 911, but it also competes with the new Vantage. The two actually have something in common, as Aston Martin is using a version of the same twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Just like the 911 Turbo, the GT Roadster is available in two variants. The base model cranks out 469 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which enables it to hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, toward a top speed of 188 mph. Not exactly fast compared to the Vantage Volante. However, Mercedes also offers the GT C Roadster, which uses a more powerful version of the V-8, rated at 549 horses and 500 pound-feet. This model hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which should be on par with the Vantage Volante, to go with a top speed of 196 mph. Pricing for the AMG GT Roadster starts from $124,400 in base spec and increases to $157,000 before options for the GT C model.

Read our reviews of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.

Conclusion


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The Vantage Volante may not be official as of this writing, but I’m 100% positive that Aston Martin will bring it into dealerships by 2019. Not only is the Vantage Volante a traditional model, but it’s also a much-needed piece in the company’s financial puzzle. The Brits need as many models as possible in order to compete with the big guns and steer toward profitability and leaving the Vantage Volante, essentially its most affordable roadster, out of the equation is suicide in the current market. Not to mention that it would be a big shame to not take advantage of the car’s gorgeous design for a convertible model.

  • Leave it
    • Not as quick as the 911 Turbo
    • A tad more expensive than the Mercedes-AMG GT

References

Aston Martin Vantage


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Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage.


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Read our full review on the previous generation 2015 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster.



Read more Aston Martin news.

PostHeaderIcon New Aston Martin Vantage Sold Out for 2018!

Looks similar to Mazda MX-5 at certain angles

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage just made its public debut last week, and we’re still in awe of its fantastic design, incredible interior, and tremendous performance. But it seems we’re not the only ones impressed by it. Enthusiasts have taken Aston Martin’s recently opened preorder books by storm and purchased the entire production run for 2018. Yup, if you want one of these babies and haven’t placed an order yet, you won’t be able to take it home until 2019. Impressively enough, it’s been only a few days since it went on sale. And it’s not cheap either, retailing for around $150,000.

“Most of our production for next year is already sold out,” Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in an interview, according to Bloomberg. And even he declined to specify production figures, it’s safe to assume, at least based on previous production figures, that Aston Martin will build around 2,000 Vantages in 2018, if not more. The first deliveries are scheduled to arrive in the second quarter of 2018.

The announcement comes only a few days after the British company reported a pretax profit of £22 million (about $29.3 million) for the first nine months of 2017. Sales were up 84 percent to 567 million pounds compared to the same period of 2016, when Aston Martin posted a loss. The Vantage is expected to increase sales even farther and eventually help the company establish a record of profitability ahead of going public.

References

Aston Martin Vantage


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Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage.



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PostHeaderIcon Hear the new Aston Martin Vantage Rev its V-8 Engine

It’s been just a few days since Aston Martin rolled out the new-generation Vantage and we’re still in awe of the new coupe. The design is absolutely stunning to look at, the interior brings together traditional British design and modern tech, while the chassis and drivetrain make it a road-legal beast. I’m impressed with this car from just about every angle, but there’s one thing I’ve been dying to hear: it’s new V-8 engine roar. Granted, this won’t happen any time soon with the car still a few months away from hitting the roads, but the folks over at Vehicle Virgins found out that the new Vantage was just delivered to Aston Martin’s Beverly Hills dealership and went there to see it. And taped everything, including the car’s exhaust note, and put it on YouTube.

God, I love technology!

The 15-minute video documents the road to the dealerships and it’s pretty much a presentation of the car inside and out, but skip to the 12-minute mark and you’ll get some engine note goodness. That twin-turbo V-8 pops and gurgles like nothing else, and even though it’s based on the 4.0-liter unit in the Mercedes-AMG GT, it sounds way better. Unfortunately, there’s no high-speed revving footage because the car is placed inside a building, but it pretty obvious that this thing will sound fantastic while changing gears under heavy throttle on the highway. Hopefully, we’ll get some proper footage soon.

References

Aston Martin Vantage


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Read our full review on the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.


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Read our full review on the previous generation Aston Martin Vantage.



Read more Aston Martin news.

PostHeaderIcon Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We’re Thankful For

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of daily life, and in the process, forget about all the good things you’ve got going for you. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those blessings, providing an opportunity to be grateful for what you have. For us car lovers, 2017 brought all kinds of new stuff to be thankful for, with a bevy of outrageous hypercars to drool over and bench race. As such, we’ve put together a list of cars we’re thankful for right here for your enjoyment.

While 2017 certainly brought the goods in terms of high-end performance, we had to toss in a few other models as well, ya know, just to remind us how truly fortunate we are. And, per usual, we wanna know what cars you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be some top-shelf, 250-mph insane-o machine. Perhaps you’re thankful for your trusty daily driver, which reliably ferries you to and fro without issue. Let us know in the comments. And oh yeah – Happy Thanksgiving!

Continue reading to learn more about the cars we’re thankful for.

Hennessey Venom F5


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Introduced late last month at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Venom F5 is a follow-up to Hennessey’s epic Venom GT, and like its predecessor, the F5 aims for no less than the title of fastest production car in the world. And while the specifics of that goal are a bit, uh, murky (will Hennessey make enough examples to qualify the F5 as a production car?), the specs on this thing are reason enough to make us grateful it exists. Power comes from a new twin-turbo V-8 (a Hennessey specialty), which throws down 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. The Texas tuner is shooting for 300 mph at the top end, and although we have yet to see this thing running in the real world, we think it’s worthy of praise all the same.

Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5.

Tesla Roadster 2.0


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Tesla has a habit of stirring the auto industry pot with its claims, and its latest debut is like a high-speed blender in that respect. Unwrapped in a surprise reveal alongside the automaker’s new electric semi truck, the Roadster 2.0 is a follow-up to Tesla’s very first model, and it’s upgraded in just about every way imaginable. Not only does it look fantastic, but under the sultry body panels is a 200-kWh battery and three electric motors, good enough for 620 miles of range between plug-ins. Impressive, no doubt, but the California automaker is also saying this thing will be the first production car to go from 0-to-60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Top speed is rated at over 250 mph, which would also make it the fastest production EV ever made. Granted, we’re still several years from seeing these claims verified, but we’re happy Tesla is back to shaking things up.

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster 2.0

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Good things happen when motorsport tech finds its way onto the street. Case in point – the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Offered as a collaborative project between Aston and Red Bull racing, the Valkyrie was created with technical input from Adrian Newey, one of the most successful engineers from the world of Formula 1, and the results are staggering. Advanced aerodynamics and composite materials form the base, while a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 hybrid makes over 1,000 horsepower, blessing the machine with a 1-to-1 power-to-weight ratio.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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Speaking of Formula 1, Mercedes-AMG has its own take on bringing top-echelon performance to the street. It’s called the Project One, and it’s got lots of the same stuff as Lewis Hamilton’s ride. That includes a mid-mounted turbo and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that zings all the way to 11,000 rpm, making over 1,000 horsepower along the way. It’s also got adaptive aero and adaptive suspension, while AMG carbon brakes haul it down.

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Aston Martin Vantage


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Might as well toss in something a bit less outrageous in this list. While it might not have four-figure output numbers or record-setting speed, we’re still very thankful for the new second-generation Vantage. I mean, just look at it! It’s got the goods inside to match too, while under that lovely hood line lies a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 making more than 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque to feed the rear wheels. This is the kind of car that’ll make you feel like a secret agent, and for that, we’re grateful.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.

Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Top Speed Record


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While bold claims from the manufacturer about what a car can do can be fun, the real good stuff happens on pavement. Koenigsegg knows this, and amidst claims of “300 mph” this and “0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds” that, the Agera RS proved its mettle by going 277.9 mph. On a public road, no less. Earlier this month, the Swedes got special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to test the top speed of the Agera RS, and in the end, Koenigsegg walked away with a new world title.

Read the full story here.

McLaren F1


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When you break it down, most of the cars on this list owe much of their greatness to this – the McLaren F1. Released in the early ‘90s, the F1 blitzed the competition with a series of firsts. Not only was it the first production car to come equipped with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and exotic materials like magnesium and titanium, but it also managed to go an astonishing 240 mph in the top end. It held the record of fastest production car on Earth for nearly a decade.

Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

After no fewer than 12 years on the market, the first-generation Vantage was finally replaced by a brand-new car. Revealed in November 2017, the second-gen Vantage joins the DB11 in Aston Martin’s new lineup of cars that use completely new underpinnings and a fresh design language. Alongside the road-going coupe, Aston Martin also unveiled the Vantage GTE race car, which will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Built by the same team that developed the outgoing V8 Vantage GTE, the new race car replaces the company’s most successful competition car of all-time, credited with 37 of the team’s 51 international race victories, including two Le Mans 24 Hour class wins. With extensive optimization of the powertrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, Aston Martin hopes that the new Vantage GTE will be at least as successful as its predecessor.

Although it was just revealed, the race car is under development for many months and has already completed more than 8,000 miles of testing, a 30-hour run at the Navarra track in Spain, as well as a rigorous durability program at Sebring in Florida. Aston Martin says it will keep most of the 2017 driver lineup for the new Vantage GTE. This includes Le Mans GTE Pro class winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, as well as the Danish duo and 2016 FIA WEC GTE Pro world champions, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. In addition, AMR has recruited ex-GP2 race winner and now Formula E racer Alex Lynn.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Exterior

  • More aggressive design
  • Revised aerodynamics
  • So many vents!
  • Huge rear wing
  • Biggest diffuser seen on an LMGTE car
  • Looks stunning from every angle!
  • That color!

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“The new Vantage GTE adds a ton of steroids and a rear wing to the road car”

Much like its predecessor, the new Vantage GTE adds a ton of steroids and a rear wing to the road car. And with the new street coupe now more aggressive design-wise, the race car is an incredible display.

The new Vantage is a significant departure from the old model from just about every angle. Up front, it has a massive grille that goes all the way down to the splitter and sleeker headlamps that give it a menacing look. The sculpted hood adds even more muscle. The race car has an even pointier nose, while the grille mesh of the road was replaced by a couple of horizontal slats, giving the race model an open grille design that’s rather common in motorsport.


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“The engine hood retains the shape of the standard model, but two massive vents were added on each side”

In the interest of aerodynamics, Aston Martin separated the lower corners of the grille to make two additional vents, added two more openings toward the sides, and fitted a wider, longer splitter. The engine hood retains the shape of the standard model, but two massive vents were added on each side to improve cooling of the modified V-8 engine.

Moving onto the sides, we can clearly see that the GTE inherited the redesigned profile of the road car, including the big C-shaped strake on the front fender, the sculpted side skirt, and the beefed-up rear haunches. And as you’d expect from a race car, the GTE package enhanced everything. The side skirts are massively wider and include the traditional side-exit exhaust, while the wheel arches are wide both front and rear. The quarter window was covered and now hosts the fueling cap, while the standard side windows were replaced by polycarbonate, lightweight units. The side mirrors are also now, featuring an aerodynamically optimized design.


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“The rear section of the new Vantage is as sexy as they get”

The rear section of the new Vantage is as sexy as they get. The extremely thin taillights follow the sinuous shape of the deck lid, while the tall bumper makes room for a unique diffuser. There’s a big plane section in the middle, flanked by a couple of vertical fins on each side. Above these, the bumper hosts massive vents that include stop lights, exhaust pipes, and a mesh grille. The race car retains everything, but the lower bumper was stripped off to make way for a huge diffuser that extends several inches from the body. Atop the trunk lid, Aston Martin fitted a tall wing to further improve aerodynamics. A race-style red light is mounted in the bumper to increase visibility on wet tracks.

All told, the new Vantage GTE is a show stopper and should become a crowd pleaser in its first WEC season.

Interior

  • Loads of carbon-fiber
  • Bespoke display
  • New, race-spec center console
  • Cosworth technology
  • Carbon steering wheel
  • FIA-approved roll cage

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“The GTE's interior has very little in common with the production car”

It rarely happens for carmakers to publish photos of race car interiors, but I’m happy to report that Aston Martin released two high-res shots of the cockpit. As you might have already guessed, the GTE’s interior has very little in common with the production car. While the new road-going Vantage boasts a sporty interior with plenty of luxury features, the GTE was overhauled to meet the safety rules laid by the FIA for the World Endurance Championship.

The first thing that catches the eye is the roll cage that spreads over the lower doors and the roof. The standard dashboard was replaced by a carbon-fiber shell, while the instrument cluster looks nothing like the fancy display from the road car.


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“The lightweight, heavily bolstered seats that keeps the driver in place during hard cornering”

The center stack is gone too, replaced by a carbon console, apparently made by Cosworth, packed with loads of buttons, switches, and knobs. The center console is also made from carbon-fiber, much like almost everything else inside the cockpit.

The steering wheel is also made from this lightweight material but comes with Alcantara grip sections. Each gives the driver access to six different buttons, which le lower section of the steering wheel includes six bright colored knobs. I wonder what the pink one does… Finally, we have the lightweight, heavily bolstered seats that keeps the driver in place during hard cornering. Aston Martin had nothing to say about the technology behind all those panels and screens, but it’s safe to say that the Vantage GTE is ready to kick some Ferrari and Porsche butt on the race track.

Drivetrain

  • Twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8
  • Engine based on Mercedes-AMG unit
  • Around 500 horsepower
  • Ohlins suspension system
  • Alcon braking system
  • Bespoke Michelin tires

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“Under the hood of the Vantage GTE lurks a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine”

Under the hood of the Vantage GTE, lurks a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. The mill is based on the V-8 found in the road car, which in turn is borrowed from Mercedes-AMG. Yup, it’s a revised version of the 4.0-liter that debuted in the Mercedes-AMG GT sports and later found its way in other AMG models, including the C63, E63, and GLC63. Of course, the engine in the race car was modified for track duty, so the two units don’t share too many components.

However, it’s safe to say that the powerplant is related to the 4.0-liter V-8 that motivates the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The engine was further optimized to the Vantage GTE’s aerodynamics, and Aston Martin reports that its drivers say the car is easier to control on the limit than the previous model. Again, not much info is offered here, but the British firm says that the Vantage GTE now uses an Ohlins suspension system, an Alcon braking system, and a set of bespoke Michelin tires.

There’s no word on output either, but the car could hit the track with anywhere between 450 to 550 horsepower, depending on its curb weight.

Competition

The new Vantage GTE will compete in the LMGTE category of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes both professional and amateur divisions. LMGTE-Pro is for factory-backed teams, while LMGTE-Am is for gentleman drivers. A final list of competitors for 2018-2019 has yet to be announced, but it’s safe to assume that last year’s cars will continue with minor changes. The Vantage GTE will go against at least three competitors: the Ford GT, the Ferrari 488 GTE, and the Porsche 911 RSR.

Ford GT


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Introduced in 2016, just in time to celebrate 50 years since Ford’s first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the GT is a heavily modified version of the road-going supercar. Upgrades are very similar to the Vantage GTE and include a more aggressive splitter, a vented front hood, wide side skirts, and a big wing atop the decklid. But unlike the Vantage, the Ford GT comes in a mid-engined configuration. It also uses a smaller, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The EcoBoost unit is turbocharged, and it’s based on the same unit used by Ford in its IMSA Daytona Prototype race car in 2014. Output is rated at around 500 horsepower and enables the GT to hit top speeds in excess of 200 mph. The GT has already won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in its class in 2016, but also scored 1-2 finishes at Fuji and Shanghai. In 2017, it won at Silvestone and Shanghai, and finished second at Le Mans. With Chip Ganassi Racing at the helm, Ford ended the season in second place, behind Ferrari, but above Porsche and Aston Martin.

Read our full story on the 2017 Ford GT Le Mans.

Ferrari 488 GTE


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Built around the 488 GTB that replaced the iconic 458 Italia, the 488 GTE also joined the motorsport scene in 2016. With a more menacing stance, revised aerodynamics, and new technology, the 488 GTE is the quickest and most advanced race Ferrari has ever built (excluding prototypes of course). The 488 GTE is also a mid-engined racer, but it still uses a V-8 engine. When Ferrari replaced the 458 Italia’s naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8 with the twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 in the 488 GTB, the racing division did the same for the GTE. The road car’s unit pumps an impressive 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, but the race car hits the track with less than that, mostly because it’s lighter and output for WEC cars is decided based on the power-to-weight ratio. The GTE is currently the car to beat in LMGTE-Pro. In 2016 it scored three wins and five podiums in nine races, winning the championship against Aston Martin. In 2017 it had a similar run and won the title ahead of Ford by a comfortable margin.

Read our full review of the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTE.

Vantage GTE Racing History


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“The GTE's racing program began back in 2008, when the class was called the GT2”

The GTE’s racing program began back in 2008, when the class was called the GT2. The most powerful V8 Vantage ever made at the time of its release, the Vantage GT2 was offered as a customer car for use in the FIA GT Championship, American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Power came from a modified version of the standard 4.3-liter V-8, which had displacement increased to 4.5 liters and received numerous competition components, including cylinder heads, con-rods, valves, camshafts, a racing exhaust system, and dry sump lubrication. The GT2 was raced until 2013 by either factory-backed or privateer teams and was entered in 85 events. The car scored two overall wins and three class wins. Notable results were obtained at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, but the GT2 made appearances on just about every famous race track around the world.


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“The GT2 was upgraded and relaunched as the GTE in 2012”

In 2012, Aston Martin returned to a GT based program and relaunched the Vantage GT2 as the GTE. The Brits made big upgrades to the car and fixed the serviceability that prevented the GT2 from reaching its full potential. It created a new modular construction with a series of detachable bars in the front structure, allowing the engine to be pulled straight out of the car. This reduced engine changes from up to four hours to less than hour. The rear suspension and subframe have also been modified, while the fuel cell has been repositioned within the roll cage to reduce the risk of damage in an accident. Aston Martin also made changes that improved cooling and aerodynamics, so the GTE was a significantly better car.


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“With a total of 37 wins, the GTE is Aston Martin's most successful race car to date”

This became obvious on the race track, where the GTE returned better results. Raced in around 200 events, the GTE scored 37 class wins, achieving success at Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, and Spa-Francorchamps. It also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. Although it didn’t win the LMGTE manufacturers’ title in its six-year run, it scored 13 class wins and an additional 18 podiums. It came close to winning the title in 2013 and 2016, though. In 2016, the GTE won the teams’ championship in LMGTE-Pro, and in 2017 it scored a similar performance in the LMGTE-Am class. With a total of 37 wins, it’s Aston Martin’s most successful race car to date.

Conclusion


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A quick glance at the history above is enough to notice that the new Vantage GTE has a big pair of shoes to fill. With new aerodynamics, a better and lighter chassis, and a new engine that has already demonstrated its solid reliability with Mercedes-AMG, it’s tempting to believe that the second-gen GTE will surpass its predecessor. But it’s not as easy as its sounds, because the other automakers compete in this class are also making big improvements to their cars each year. Ferrari is basically dominating the LMGTE category, while Ford and Porsche have the means to win just about any race and, with a bit of luck, the championship. It’s too early to describe the new Vantage GTE as a solid contender to the championship, but it could definitely do what its predecessor didn’t: beat Ferrari to the LMGTE title.

  • Leave it
    • Tough competition
    • Big shoes to fill

References

Aston Martin Vantage


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Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage.


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2019 Aston Martin Vantage

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage is here, and it takes the car’s design and aerodynamic prowess to a whole new dimension. It offers up an insane increase in power output (83 horsepower and more than 100 pound-feet of torque) over the outgoing V-8 model and can even hit a 60-mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds. There’s even an all-new electronic differential, which is a first for any Aston Martin vehicle. With the last model running 2005 to 2017 – in various versions and trims, of course – it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. So, let’s take a nice look at what the new Aston Martin Vantage has to offer in brief.

  • Two-door body style 2+0 seating
  • Extruded bonded aluminium body structure with steel panels
  • Looks similar to Mazda MX-5 at certain angles
  • Same grille enlarged and lowered
  • Front spoiler integrated with grille trim
  • Headlights sit closer to the nose and more horizontally
  • Side skirts act as spoilers and add a hint of extra aggression
  • Rear end is significantly wider
  • all-new diffuser and refined rear deck
  • Thinner taillights extend across rear spoiler
  • Aerodynamic design cuts back on air turbulence at the rear diffuser
  • All-new interior
  • Design cues remind of Lamborghini but smaller
  • Dash is more prominent and driver oriented
  • Futuristic Design in a modern world
  • German-like eight-inch infotainment display
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel w/ digital instrument cluster
  • Two-tone interior with high-sitting center console, low-seating position
  • iPod and iPhone integration, DAB radio, Satellite navigation
  • Aluminum 4.0-liter V-8 (Twin Turbo)
  • WTA Charge Cooling
  • Front-Mid engine configuration with RWD
  • Stainless steel, electronically controlled exhaust
  • VCT with CNC machined combustion chambers
  • 503 HP @ 6,000 rpm & 505 LB-FT @ 2,000 rpm
  • 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Top Speed 195 mph
  • Rear-Mid ZF Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • First Aston Martin to have an Electronic Differential
  • Double-wishbone independent suspension up front Rear multi-link in back
  • Adaptive Damping
  • 20-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires

Aston Martin Vantage Exterior Update

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“On the outside, the Vantage is very much the Vantage that we fell in love with more than a decade ago”

On the outside, the Vantage is very much the Vantage that we fell in love with more than a decade ago, but it has been refined, revised, and updated in a way that should will make existing models like the Mercedes-AMG GT, the Porsche 911 Turbo, and the Jaguar F-Type shake right out of the very rubber they ride on. To start off, engineers of at AM took that Vantage grille, enlarged it, and dropped it lower on the nose – ultimately allowing the nose to take on a more rounded look and for grille trim to integrate effortlessly with the front spoiler. The headlights now sit more prominently up front with a horizontal positioning that actually makes it look like the car is squinting at you as it comes down the road. The front fenders are more muscular, but the rear haunches see the most change; now wider and more commanding than below. The front spoiler element continues along the sides to help create more central downforce and cut back on turbulence from the rear wheels. Around back is a sleeker pair of taillights, sportier rear deck, and an according-to-Hoyle rear diffuser that will leave Porsche purists crying when overtaken. All told, it’s wider, meaner, and ready for business – Not bad, Aston Martin; Not bad.

Exterior Specifications


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Length (Inches) 175.78
Width (incl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 84.76
Width (excl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 76.45
Height (Inches) 50.11
Wheelbase (Inches) 106.45

Aston Martin Vantage Interior


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“The interior of the new Vantage is even more revised than the exterior”

The interior of the new Vantage is even more revised than the exterior, featuring an eight-inch infotainment display floating atop the center stack and a Lambo-like control setup ahead of the center console – definitely a nice touch. The steering wheel is a flat bottom unit that is accented by an all-digital instrument cluster up front. The center console still sits high above the tunnel while the seats are lower to give that true sports-car feel and the revised door trim panels give the new Vantage a true exotic feel. Standard features include satellite navigation, DAB radio, and iPhone and iPod integration with audio streaming. Very nice 2+2 layout, if I do say so myself.

Aston Martin Vantage Drivetrain and Power Output


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“Under the hood of this beast sits a mid-front-mounted, Biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for a staggering 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm”

Under the hood of this beast sits a mid-front-mounted, Biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for a staggering 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm. Sure, that doesn’t seem like much in a world where some cars are easily topping 700 ponies, but that’s a huge improvement over the outgoing V-8. So much so, in fact, that the new Vantage delivers 83 ponies and 144 pound-feet more than the outgoing base model. Shifting duties are handled by a ZF eight-speed automatic that sends all that torque back to an electronic differential in the middle of the rear axle. Keep in mind, folks, this is the first time an Aston Martin has had an electronic differential, so it’s a big deal and a huge step up for performance and torque distribution at the rear axle. 60 mph comes in as fast as 3.5 seconds under the right conditions and top speed, well that comes in at 195 mph – 5 mph higher than the outgoing model.
Needless to say, Aston Martin wasn’t fooling around, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re busy updating our full review of the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage right now, so take a look at that in the coming days to learn even more about the second-gen Vantage!

Drivetrain Specifications


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Engine 4.0 litre twin turbo V-8
Horsepower 503 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 505 LB-FT @ 2,000-5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
Fuel tank capacity 73 litres
Min Dry Weight 3,373 Lbs
Weight Distribution 50:50

References

Aston Martin Vantage


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Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage.



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PostHeaderIcon Take a First Look at the Aston Martin Vantage

The new Aston Martin Vantage is here, taking the original design and morphing it into what it was always meant to be. It’s wider, lower, sexier, and proportioned just right. Highlights include a larger grille up front that sits lower and is integrate into the front spoiler, a wider presence out back, bubblier greenhouse, and a more aggressive design overall. Under the hood sits an all-aluminum, 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm.

That accounts for an increase of 83 horsepower and 144 pound-feet over the outgoing base model! That’s a huge increase. Shifting duties are handled by a ZF eight-speed auto while the rear wheels are controlled by an electronic differential – a first for Aston Martin. Now that you know about the goodies under the metal, check out this video from YouTuber Shmee150 as he goes over all the finer details in this first look!

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 4.0 liter twin turbo V-8
Horsepower 503 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 505 LB-FT @ 2,000-5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
Length (Inches) 175.78
Width (incl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 84.76
Width (excl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 76.45
Height (Inches) 50.11
Wheelbase (Inches) 106.45
Fuel tank capacity 73 liters
Min Dry Weight 3,373 Lbs
Weight Distribution 50:50

References

Aston Martin Vantage


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PostHeaderIcon New Aston Martin Vantage Hits the Track Before Next Week’s Launch

Set to be unveiled next week, the new-generation Aston Martin Vantage just made a new appearance in a short teaser movie. This time around, the British coupe is showcased going sideways under heavy throttle. All in slow motion with the rear wheels spinning wild and leaving marks on the tarmac. The footage is really short, and the car is still wrapped in camouflage, but it’s surprisingly satisfying to see the Vantage do what it knows best on a race track.

Many details are still under wraps, but we do know that the Vantage will get many design cues from the Aston Martin DB11. The DB10 one-off, which the company built for the James Bond “Spectre” movie should also leave a mark on the exterior styling. Inside, it should get new features and all the state-of-the-art tech seen in the DB11. Likewise, the latter’s twin-turbo V-8 and V-12 engines should provide motivation. Enjoy the teaser and stick around for updates on the new-generation Vantage next week.

References

Aston Martin Vantage


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.



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Two-door body style 2+0 seating

The Vantage nameplate enjoys a long history under the Aston Martin banner, first seeing use in 1951 as a high-performance variant of the DB2. Eventually, the Vantage became a unique standalone model, and over time, secured its spot as the single most successful vehicle in the brand’s history. Framed as a more accessible GT two-door, this “entry-level” Aston offers daily driver comfort wrapped in a smaller, lighter, and more agile package. Now, there’s a new generation, coming proper with fresh styling, a new interior layout, more dynamism behind the wheel, and ever-higher levels of performance.

Right off the bat, this thing has us excited. We’ll admit it – we’re suckers for a sports car from Gaydon, and at first blush, this new Vantage has all the right boxes ticked. It looks great, oozing with 007 goodness. It’s got a luxurious, yet sporty interior space that’s sure to provide plenty of coddling on longer trips. And more importantly, it’s got tons of go thanks to front/mid-mounted V-8 stuffed by twin turbochargers. Excited? Read on for the details.

Updated 11/21/2017: Aston Martin has released full details on the 2018 Vantage!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.

Exterior

  • Reshaped front fascia
  • Lower front grille
  • More prominent rear spoiler
  • Thinner horizontal LED headlights and taillights
  • Revised aerodynamics
  • Restyled 20-inch wheels
  • Larger dimensions

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“Like the model that came before it, this latest Aston gets a highly attractive two-door body style, with short overhangs, a broad stance, and a wide rear end”

How can you not like a hot-to-trot Aston Martin? Any sports car that makes you look like James Bond get a thumbs-up in our book, and the 2018 Vantage is no different. Like the model that came before it, this latest Aston gets a highly attractive two-door body style, with short overhangs, a broad stance, and a wide rear end. The proportions make for a long hoodline and cab-back position for the greenhouse, the kind of stuff you’d expect to see crossed up in a glorious display of smoky oversteer. Lovely.

That said, the 2018 Vantage gets a slew of updates that help to visually advance it into the next generation. First up, there are new designs for the headlights and taillights, with the units up front moved further towards the outer edges of the fascia and made more horizontal, enhancing the car’s visual width as a result. LEDs are used for the high beams and low beams, while integrated turn signals, full daytime running lights, and a “lock/unlock graphic theatre” round it out.


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“The 2018 Vantage gets a slew of updates that help to visually advance it into the next generation.”

In back, the taillights are now much thinner, stretched across the reshaped tail in a single stripe. LEDs are once again used as the lighting element, and there are dynamic turn signals here as well.

Twin tailpipes spit the good noises, while a clamshell hood reveals the party piece in the nose. The front grille was also tweaked, offering a similar grille shape, but now with a lower position in the fascia, integrating directly with the front splitter.

Speaking of splitters, the 2018 Vantage gets updated aero tricks to go with the fresh style, with the aforementioned front wing, front intakes, and rear diffuser all getting revamped. The side “gill” vents are also new, integrating with the body surface and acting to discharge built-up air pressure from the front wheel arches, while the rear spoiler gets a much more defined up-turned flick. And although Aston didn’t provide exact figures, the British automaker assures us the Vantage makes a “significant” amount of downforce at speed. Fair enough.


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“The 2018 Vantage gets updated aero tricks to go with the fresh style, making a “significant” amount of downforce at speed.”

In the corners, customers will have multiple designs to choose from for the forged alloy wheels, plus a variety of finishes as well. Standard spec includes a 20-inch diameter for the rollers.

The 2018 Vantage also comes standard with a graphite exterior body pack and graphite rear diffuser. Titanium coloring is used for the front grille, while a silver cross brace can be found under the hood. Dark Anodized brake calipers spruce up the anchors, with options including finishes in black, red, grey, yellow, satin silver, red, blue, or orange. Further aesthetic enhancements are possible with the optional carbon fiber trim packs, matte black exhaust finishers, and a black under-hood cross brace.

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Vantage has grown a bit for the next generation. It’s now a bit wider, a bit taller, and a bit longer, both in terms of overall length and in the wheelbase. It’s still a relatively compact vehicle, but the inevitable dimension creep is definitely evident.

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage – Exterior Dimensions

Length (Inches) 175.78
Width (incl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 84.76
Width (excl Mirror Caps) (Inches) 76.45
Height (Inches) 50.11
Wheelbase (Inches) 106.45

Interior

  • New layout looks much better
  • Enhanced passenger room and cargo room
  • Lower seating position
  • Gloss black trim, carbon fiber bits, and contrast stitching
  • “PRND” transmission buttons on the center tunnel

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“Inside, there’s a lot more going on, with tons of little details that fill the space with copious sporting cues.”

While the basics of the new Vantage’s interior are the same, with two seats and a driver-focused layout, the whole shebang gets a major redesign going into the 2018 model year. Aston says it focused on creating sharper, more focused lines, as opposed to the longer, more fluid lines seen in the previous model. We think it all looks great, with a much more exciting appearance that does away with the old model’s simple (and if we’re honest, rather bland) arrangement.

This time, there’s a lot more going on, with tons of little details that fill the space with copious sporting cues. It reminds us a bit of something you might get from AMG, and that’s meant as a compliment.


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“There’s also more passenger space, including significantly improved headroom, plus more cargo room behind the seats with a double-tier storage system.”

To help the driver and passenger feel more encapsulated inside the cabin, there’s a high waist line and lowered driving position, giving the Vantage a sort of low-slung cockpit feel that’s perfectly in tune with the rest of the car’s demeanor. There’s also more passenger space, including significantly improved headroom, plus more cargo room behind the seats with a double-tier storage system.

Gloss black trim, carbon fiber bits, and contrast stitching pervade throughout. Inputs are made thanks to an array of rotary and toggle hard buttons, while the transmission buttons are arranged in a triangular “PRND” layout at the crux of the center console and central tunnel. Looking good!


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“The transmission buttons are arranged in a triangular “PRND” layout at the crux of the center console and central tunnel. Looking good!”

Features include automatic climate control with dual-zone temperature specification, keyless start and stop, a parking distance display, and park assist with front and rear parking sensors. Handling the infotainment duties is an 8.0-inch LCD screen mounted high on the dash just above dual squared air vents, while Aston’s branded audio system comes as standard. Premium Audio is an optional extra. Buyers also get Bluetooth connectivity, phone streaming features, an iPod connector, USB playback, and satellite navigation.

Alcantara and leather upholstery are the materials of choice. Supporting backsides is a standard memory seat function, plus optional ventilation and heating functions. Further upgrade choices include Sport Plus seats and a Sports steering wheel with the Sports Plus Collection, as well as a full leather interior.

Drivetrain

  • All-alloy twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8
  • 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed of 195 mph
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • First-ever Aston with an E-Diff
  • Carbon fiber prop shaft

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“The engine is mounted at the front/mid-position for more even weight distribution, and pumps out 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 LB-FT of torque at 2,000 rpm”

Take a peek under that clamshell hood, and you’ll find the 2018 Vantage’s all-alloy twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 powerplant. The engine is mounted at the front/mid-position for more even weight distribution, and pumps out 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 685 Nm (505 pound-feet) of torque at 2,000 rpm. That’s a monumental boost over the previous model’s V-8, which produced just 430 horsepower in top-trim form.

Features for the lump include quad cams, water-to-air charge cooling, CNC-machined combustion chambers, and a 10.5:1 compression ratio. The stainless steel exhaust also get an electronically controlled flap for more or less noise, as desired. And of course, Aston takes care to mention the specially tuned intake and exhaust systems, which should give this thing that badass sound we’ve grown accustomed to hearing.


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“The stainless steel exhaust also get an electronically controlled flap for more or less noise, as desired”

Mounted at the rear/mid- position (once again for optimal weight distribution), you’ll find an automatic eight-speed transmission from ZF, another substantial upgrade over the older model’s seven-speed slush box. No word yet on whether or not Aston is bringing back its manual, but here’s to hoping. Helping to send the muscle exclusively to the rear wheels is an alloy torque tube and carbon fiber prop shaft. Final drive ratio comes to 2.93:1.

An electronic rear differential provides extra traction, making the 2018 Vantage the first Aston to get an E-Diff. The diff mates with the electronic stability control for a more integrated control system and offers faster operation than a traditional LSD, going from locked to open in just milliseconds.

Neat. But what about those performance numbers?


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“An electronic rear differential provides extra traction, making the 2018 Vantage the first Aston to get an E-Diff. 0-to-60 mph takes 3.5 seconds.”

Well, for starters, the 0-to-60 mph run is done in 3.5 seconds, besting the old model’s low-4-second time. Top speed is also improved, clocking in at 195 mph for the 2018 model year.

And, just in case you care, mileage figures look like 19.7 mpg in the city, 34.3 mpg on the highway, and 26.8 mpg combined, with a 73-liter (19.3-gallon) fuel tank providing the go juice. Not bad.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Engine And Performance Specs

Engine 4.0 liter twin turbo V-8
Horsepower 503 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 505 LB-FT @ 2,000-5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
Fuel tank capacity 73 liters
Min Dry Weight 3,373 Lbs
Weight Distribution 50:50

Chassis And Handling

  • Bonded aluminum structure evolved from the DB11
  • Adaptive dampers
  • 50:50 weight distribution
  • 3,373-pound curb weight
  • Specially made Pirelli P Zer tires

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“A speed-sensitive electric power assist steering set-up helps it corner with 2.4 turns lock-to-lock”

Under the lovely looking skin, the 2018 Vantage gets bones evolved from the DB11, with a bonded aluminum structure for low weight and high rigidity. However, while it may share some similarities with the bigger, badder DB, Aston says 70 percent of the components on the 2018 Vantage are new.

That includes a solidly mounted rear subframe, which helps the coupe feel more connected in the twisties. A speed-sensitive electric power assist steering set-up helps it corner with 2.4 turns lock-to-lock. In front, there are double wishbones, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar, while the rear uses a multi-link with coil springs and an anti-roll bar.


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“Of course, any modern high-end sports car worth its Alcantara needs some kind of adaptive componentry, and the 2018 Vantage doesn’t disappoint.”

Of course, any modern high-end sports car worth its Alcantara needs some kind of adaptive componentry, and the 2018 Vantage doesn’t disappoint. Keeping it shiny side up is an Adaptive Damping System, incorporating Skyhook technology and multiple drive modes. Drivers can choose between Sport, Sport Plus, and Track, which not only affects the dampers, but also integrates new settings for the engine, transmission, E-Diff, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability control, and steering. Further electronic aides include emergency brake assist, traction control, and positive torque control.

To help haul it down, there are 400 mm (15.7-inch) discs in front and 360 mm (14.2-inch) discs in back, both of which are made from steel. An electronic parking brake keeps it stationary.


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“Handling this thing should be an enjoyable experience thanks to its 50:50 front-to-back weight distribution.”

Handling this thing should be an enjoyable experience. Thanks to the low, central-mounting position for the engine and transmission, the 2018 Vantage boasts a 50:50 front-to-back weight distribution, tipping the scales with a dry weight of 1,530 kg (3,373 pounds).

Finally, Pirelli P Zero tires make the traction. Aston also mentions that the compound was tweaked and tuned specifically for the new Vantage. Sizing is set at 255/40 in front and 295/35 rear.

2018 Aston Martin Chassis And Handling Specs

Construction bonded aluminum
Front Suspension Double wishbones, coil springs, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes steel discs, 15.7-inch front, 14.2-inch rear
Dry Weight 3,373 pounds
Tires Pirelli P Zero, 255/40 front, 295/35 rear

Prices


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The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage is on sale now, tagged for 120,900 pounds in the U.K., 154,000 Euros in Germany, and $149,995 in the U.S.

Optional packages include the Sports Plus Pack (Sports Plus seats, Sports steering wheel), the Exterior Black Pack (matte black front grill mesh, matte black window surround), the Tech Pack (keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, auto park assist, touchpad, glass switches), and the Comfort Pack (16-way adjustable seats, heated seats, closed storage and armrest).

Deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.

Competitors

Porsche 911 Turbo


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If you’re looking for a high-performance coupe for around $150,000, then the 911 Turbo is pretty much the standard. While a bit more expensive than the Aston at $161,800, the Stuttgart superstar has more than enough performance to justify the extra outlay, hitting 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds thanks to 540 horsepower and AWD grip. Making all that go is a rear-mounted 3.8-liter flat-six, which sends the muscle through a PDK transmission. Plenty of options are on the table to make it faster or more comfortable as well.

Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe


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In many ways, the AMG GT C Coupe is a lot like the Vantage. Like the Aston, this Merc gets a cab-back proportions and an aggressive grand touring-styled exterior, plus a fire-breathing turbo V-8 up front. Power for the German rival comes to 550 ponies, all of which hit the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic to make the 0-to-60 mph run in 3.6 seconds. The Merc also gets an exquisite interior spec, plus a few options for greater handling chops, if desired. Pricing starts at $145,000, but if you’re feeling frisky, you can upgrade to the even-faster GT R Coupe for an extra 12 grand.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe.

Conclusion


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By all accounts, the 2018 Vantage is a worthy successor to the first-gen model. It’s got all the good stuff we could want from an Aston – it looks dead sexy, it’s got oodles of comfort in the cabin, and its got a substantial wallop waiting for you when you put your foot to the floor.

If we had to nitpick, we’d say the interior might look a little too “tuner special” for some, while more speed can be had elsewhere. That said, you can’t really beat the Vantage when it comes to style, and that counts a lot in this segment. Just another 911, this thing is not, and that’s perhaps one of its greatest advantages.

All said, things are looking good for the new Vantage.

  • Leave it
    • Faster options available
    • Cabin might be too “tuner special” for some
    • Deliveries still quite a ways away
    • Will the manual make its return?

References

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Update History

Updated 09/25/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Aston Martin Vantage out for a new testing session around the Nurburgring.

Updated 12/19/2016: The upcoming Aston Martin Vantage was caught out playing in the snow.

Updated 06/23/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Aston Martin Vantage out for a new testing session. The company tried to hide it under DB11 clothes, but it is obvious we are looking at the Vantage as the prototype seen here is shorter than a DB11 – a true 2 seater compared to the 2+2 DB11.

Spy Shots

September 25, 2017 – Aston Martin Vantage caught testing around Nurburgring


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April 6, 2016 – Next Aston Martin Vantage V8 caught testing at the Ring


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December 19, 2016 – Next Aston Martin Vantage begins winter testing


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June 23, 2016 – Next Aston Martin Vantage caught hiding under DB11 clothes


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October 21st, 2014 – First testing session


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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin’s Gravity-Powered Vantage GTE Soapbox Is A Winner In Our Books

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE made a spectacular showing at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its LMGTE Pro class on its way to finishing 17th overall. The success has spurred Aston Martin Racing and the Vantage GTE to even greater heights as it once again took to the grid to compete in yet another racing competition. This time though, the scene of the Vantage GTE’s latest motor racing triumph isn’t Le Mans. It’s not even Bathurst or the Nürburgring. It’s Alexandra Palace in London, England, the site of Red Bull’s Soapbox Race where the Vantage GTE Soapbox finished second in the “24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally.”

Snicker all you want, but you can’t deny that the miniaturized, gravity-powered Vantage GTE looks just as awesome as its life-sized counterpart. It is a lot smaller than the actual Vantage GTE and it doesn’t have the car’s powerful V-8 engine, but where it lacks in producing an actual soundtrack, the soapbox Vantage GTE more than makes up for it in having a presence about itself. Even better, it actually had a successful go at the 24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally, finishing second overall, behind only the Brooklands Special team. That kind of success is what Aston Martin was going for when it decided to enter the soapbox in the fun-filled race, and you can be sure that the motorsports division of Aston Martin will try to build on this year’s impressive result and turn it into a better showing next year. Who knows, next year’s entry might even be the Valkyrie hypercar, or at least a soapbox version of it.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. You might have seen the concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show when it was referred to as the AMR Pro Concept. This one is different, though, because it’s the production version of the concept that Aston Martin prepared in recognition of its entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship. More importantly, it’s the first official model of the British automaker’s newly-minted AMG performance sub-brand.

If you’re not excited yet, consider the importance of the Vantage AMR in terms of paving the way for Aston Martin to plow the road with its own line of personalized, performance-focused cars that’s akin to what Mercedes is doing with AMG. The U.K.-based company did say that its plans for the AMR performance division are to help bring renewed focus on specialized models that are based on its current lineup of cars. Think of these AMR-badged units to serve as the bridge between the standard-spec Astons and the actual GT3- and GT4-spec racers that are being developed by Aston Martin Racing. The Vantage AMR is the first of these vehicles, but it most certainly won’t be the last.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vantage AMR.


PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage AMR Details, Pricing, Specs

Vantage AMR

Following the debut of the AMR sub-brand at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin is now announce the launch of its first product, the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Set for delivery in Q4 2017 with a limited run of 300 units (100 V12 and 200 V8), the baby AMR starts at £97,995 in the UK and €126,995 in Germany.

Since each of these cars is bespoke to the buyer the prices will definitely go up from there depending on what sort of exlcusive feature they order. What they get as standard with Aston Martin Vantage AMR, though, is a series of motorsport features inspired by the FIA World Endurance Championship winning V8 Vantage GTE. There is a carbon fiber pack including lightweight front grille, side strakes, lamp infills and mirror caps on the outside, instrument surround, door tops and door grabs on the inside, plus carbon seats. There is also a choice of three different finishes for the V8 Vantage AMR’s 5-spoke alloy wheels and the V12 Vantage AMR’s lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels.

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Other highlights include extensive aerodynamic package for coupe models constructed from carbon fibre and featureing front splitter and dive planes, plus side sills and a fixed rear spoiler, optional forged aluminium AMR Vantage wheel, AMR titanium exhaust, which saves 14kg over the standard V12 Vantage system and the ‘Halo Pack’ straight from the race car with Stirling Green paint and vivid Lime Green accents. Speaking of paint, the available color schemes for Aston Martin Vantage AMR include Stratus White with an Orange graphic; Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic; Zaffre Blue with Red graphic; and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. Both the 430bhp V8 and the 595bhp V12 model get a automated sequential manual paddle-shift transmission as stardust, But you can also opt for six and seven-speed manual gearboxes in the V8 and V12 respectively.

The post Aston Martin Vantage AMR Details, Pricing, Specs appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro Concept

Around since 2005, the current-generation Aston Martin Vantage might seem a bit long in the tooth, but it’s still one of the finest luxury grand tourers you can buy. Updated over the years and offered in numerous limited-edition models, the Vantage will definitely be missed when a new generation comes around. But, the current iteration isn’t going away anytime soon and Aston Martin decided to spice things up by including it in its brand-new AMR program, which was launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

If you’re familiar with the company’s intense racing program, you probably already know that AMR stands for Aston Martin Racing. The reason why the Brits are using the same letters for this project is because all non-racing AMR cars will be inspired by the successful GT3- and GT4-spec racers you’ve seen on the track in recent years. In short, Aston Martin just launched its very own high-performance department. And the good news is that it will make both road-legal and race-ready models.

Specifically, the AMR lineup will include two types of cars. There will be plain AMR versions closely related to their road-going counterparts and AMR Pro cars on the more extreme side of things. This Vantage falls in the latter category and the AMR Pro badge also means that its development was led by the Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations, the department that helped create vehicles such as the Vantage GT12, Vantage GT8, and the Vulcan.

Although just a concept here, the Vantage AMR Pro is set to become a full-fledged, fully customizable production model, joining the Rapide AMR concept that was also displayed at the Geneva Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage AMR concept.


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