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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Is Hard At Work On A New V-12 Vanquish, Set To Debut This September

Aston Martin’s large-and-in-charge grand tourer, a.k.a the Vanquish, will soon get a highly anticipated overhaul, gaining extra speed thanks to a thumping turbo V-12 under the hood and new aero on the exterior body panels. The countdown has begun for interested customers, as the new Vanquish could hit dealers as early as this September.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The upcoming Vanquish is billed as a faster, more hardcore model with less of a focus on luxury than what came before it”

Rumor has it the new Vanquish is undergoing testing right now, with speculation fueled by recent spy shots that show a fresh test mule out on public roads and putting in laps at the Nurburgring. The upcoming Vanquish is billed as a faster, more hardcore model with less of a focus on luxury than what came before it, as confirmed by Aston head Andy Palmer in a recent interview with Autocar.

Although the oily bits under the skin of the new Vanquish first saw testing in the body panels of the new DB11, it’s expected that the production model will utilize a refreshed design, breaking from the old Vanquish’s decade-plus aesthetic. Recent spy shots reveal that the Vanquish will get a significant upgrade in the downforce department, modernizing the model’s ability to stick at speed.


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“Complementing the extra wing will be a new engine spec that throws in a boosted 5.2-liter V-12, the same lump currently in play under the hood of the new Aston DB11.”

Complementing the extra wing will be a new engine spec that throws in a boosted 5.2-liter V-12, the same lump currently in play under the hood of the new Aston DB11. However, in the Vanquish it should make a good deal more than the DB11’s 600 ponies, according to Autocar. As a reminder, the current Vanquish produces 580 horsepower from a 6.0-liter V-12.

Despite the shift in focus to ever-greater performance, the interior should also get a good amount of new stuff too, possibly drawing from the new layout seen in the latest Vantage, which just dropped last November.


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“The new Vanquish is expected to get a full reveal soon, with an on-sale date as early as September of this year”

“The majority of product investment [for the Vanquish] is finished,” Palmer told Autocar. “What’s left is preparation of manufacturing the car rather than preparation of the car itself.” He also added that the Vanquish was “bloody good.”

Sounds promising, no? The new Vanquish is expected to get a full reveal soon, with an on-sale date as early as September of this year. If it doesn’t drop in 2018, the Vanuqish will almost definitely see a release early in 2019. Following the coupe will be a convertible Volante model for those of you interested in unlimited headroom. Pricing for the hardtop is expected to slot in at around $300,000, more or less matching that of the outgoing model.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Chris Goodwin Jumps Ship To Aston Martin After 20-Year Run at McLaren

Chris Goodwin, McLaren’s legendary chief test driver, is jumping ship to Aston Martin. The 50-year old British race car driver is expected to play a key role in the development of Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar after spending the last 20 years helping turn McLaren into the thriving supercar company that it is today.


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“He played a big role in developing McLaren’s slew of performance cars, beginning with the MP4-12C”

This is a major coup for Aston Martin as anybody who knows Goodwin can attest that he played a big role in developing McLaren’s slew of performance cars, beginning with the MP4-12C. Goodwin’s career in McLaren also included stints as an active racer, most famously competing in the FIA GT Championships and the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

Now that he’s taking the helm as Aston Martin’s most seasoned and influential test driver, Goodwin will play a prominent role in fine-tuning the Valkyrie hypercar. Not that Aston needs more help developing a hypercar that already packs 1,100 horsepower, but Goodwin’s input will be invaluable in helping the hypercar achieve its full potential.

In addition to nabbing the legendary test driver, Aston Martin also reeled in Simone Rizzuto, former vehicle performance testing and integration lead at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, to be its new chief engineer for vehicle dynamics. Company CEO Andy Palmer commented on the high-profile hirings of the two men, saying, “the decision [to hire Goodwin and Rizzuto] is a great endorsement of our future plans.”

Only time will tell if Palmer’s comments bear fruit, but from the standpoint of what Goodwin and Rizzuto can bring to the table, there are few people in the industry who have the know-how and expertise that these two men have. At the very least, those who are still skeptical of Aston Martin’s vision of becoming a major player in the supercar segment have less ammunition today than they did in the past.

References

McLaren MP4-12C


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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Could End Up on the Stock Market Real Soon

Aston Martin’s reemergence as a force in the auto industry has the company thinking big. It’s not big in the sense of a new supercar or hypercar. It’s big in the sense of floating the company on the stock market. According to Reuters, Aston Martin’s major shareholders, Italian private equity fund Investindustrial and a group of Kuwaiti investors, are looking to cash in on the brand’s rising sales. Investment bank Lazard has been brought in to work on a preliminary plan that could either result in an initial public offering (IPO) or a trade sale to a separate automaker.


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“Investment bank Lazard has been brought in to work on a preliminary plan that could either result in an initial public offering (IPO) or a trade sale to a separate automaker”

This is what happens when business is booming. Opportunities open that aren’t there when a company is struggling. In Aston Martin’s case, floating the company on the stock market could yield a lot of gains for the British automaker, particularly Investindustrial, which acquired a 37.5 percent stake in the company back in 2013 for £150 million. According to Reuters, the Italian investment firm is the driving force behind the idea to float the company on the stock market. That makes a lot of sense because Investindustrial could recoup all of its investment in Aston Martin and still have a huge chunk of Aston Martin’s shares under its ownership. Isn’t that the whole point of investing? You put your money in and hope the company grows to the point that you get your investment back and still control a significant share of the brand’s ownership structure.

“The company could decide against a stock market float if it determines that the timing isn’t right to have one”

Granted, no decision has been made on whether Aston Martin will take this route. The same report indicates that the company could decide against a stock market float if it determines that the timing isn’t right to have one. Be that as it may, a move to float Aston Martin on the stock market isn’t a new thing in the industry. Ferrari did the same back in 2015 when it separated from parent firm Fiat Chrysler Automobile.

Whatever Aston Martin decides, this issue is a good one to have. The British automaker has seen first-hand what it looks like to be a struggling automaker. Now that its fortunes have turned, it deserves to reap the rewards from all of its hard work.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Unique 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Up for Grabs

Prestigious British exotic and classic car dealer, Hexagon, is offering something so unique, it is guaranteed to make classic car lovers whimper with excitement! It’s a 1959 Aston Martin DB4, and as if that wasn’t cool enough, this car is a pre-production unit painstakingly resorted back to its original glory. 

This highly desirable item was the third Right Hand Drive DB4 to come from Newport Pagnell, featuring custom upgrades by Aston Martin aficionado Richard Williams. Once a demonstrator, this 1959 Aston Martin DB4 has been converted to run on a Vantage triple Weber carb system and boasts a 5-speed gearbox. The wider wire wheels sit inside especially modified fenders and provide more grip than any standard DB4. So to drive this little piece of Aston history is a pretty delightful car.

But the main joy is owning this gem is ogling it. Finished in unique Blu Scozia with re-trimmed leather interior, the car is the quintessential vintage British sports car. Only it is so well sorted out, you can daily driver it if you want. A hill climber for most of its life, Hexagon’s 1959 Aston Martin DB4 has had £222,000 spent on its restoration, a job that included engine rebuild to 4.2 litre specification. Said to be in “near concours condition,” this DB4 is not just one of the finest in the world, it is also the coolest.










Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “This is an unmissable opportunity for someone to own a truly unique classic car. The DB4 is unmistakably iconic, made more so thanks to this particular pre-production model claiming the legendary Richard Williams amongst it previous owners. It has been lovingly restored to immaculate condition and it ready for inspection from our North London showroom now.”

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage Volante

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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

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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

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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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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage GTE

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

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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 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.



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PostHeaderIcon A Different Look at the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Following the debut of the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage V8 and its GTE racing version, the company has now launched a thorough online configurator to make the task of tailoring and ordering one doable during your morning dump. The new Vantage doesn’t just look daring, it also gets some pretty lively color options, especially from the Q palette. 

The reason for the controversial looks of the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage, apparently, is the company’s brass getting fed up with the chatter about their cars looking the same. It’s as if they said to themselves let’s show these internet tossers what we can do. And so they penned a striking car that isn’t really beautiful in the traditional Aston Martin-y sort of way, but has a lot grit and is quite unforgettable. It is also a design not very susceptible to bad colors. If you play around with the Online Configurator for a bit you realize colors do not have a huge impact on the overall looks of the car.

While we’re on the subject of looks, you may also want to check out the upcoming Aston Martin Vantage Roadster in this excellent redenrign by X-Tomi Design:

2018 Aston Martin Vantage V8 is powered by AMG’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 developing 510 horsepower and 685 Nm of torque. Sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the power enables the Vantage to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph. For the first time on an Aston Martin the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff), and it’s complemented with Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring.

Check out some superb photos of the 2018 Vantage shot by renowned photographer Rankin:









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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE

After the debut of the new Vantage, Aston Martin went ahead and took the wraps off the racing version of the car while they were at it. The 2018 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE is as sharp and and aggressive as they come, but somehow one feels it is softer than the road-going version. 

That’s probably because the road car looks so shocking. You expect the racing car to be all mean and nasty, but the road-going Vantage was always this nice and cuddly thing which has now gone fully Mad Max. At any rate, the new Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE has undergone 13,000km of testing, including a successful 30-hour run at the Spanish circuit of Navarra, to replace the current V8 Vantage GTE. So it’d better be just as successful. The old one brought home 37 of the team’s 51 international race victories, including two Le Mans 24 Hour class wins.

2018 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE benefits from a collection of the industry’s best parts. The engine is a 4.0 liter AMG unit. You have Alcon for the braking system, Öhlins for the suspension and Michelin for a bespoke set of tires. These are all wrapped in that mean Aston body and covered with a cool AMR livery in the case of this show car. Customer cars will of course have their own different looks. There are new sponsors as well, including  Waldorf Astoria hotels and Beats by Dr. Dre.













Aston Martin Racing Technical Director, Dan Sayers said of the 2018 Vantage GTE: “Designing and developing this new car has been an extremely satisfying process. We’ve collaborated closely with Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters to develop the road and race cars in parallel. Attention to detail has been a priority at every step of this process and we’ve made big improvements in each area of the car. We’ve spent every second optimising the design right until the build of our test car, which has paid dividends during our current testing schedule. This project has been one of the most intensive but also rewarding of my career so far”.

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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 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Revealed, Looks Weird

We’ve been told time and again, in the course of the past couple of months, that the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage is a thing of beauty. That, beauty, was the theme of all the teaser. Now they have unveiled the thing, and, well, to be frank we are struggling to see what they were on about. 

Don’t get me wrong. 2018 Aston Martin Vantage sure is unique and artistic and shocking. But beautiful is not the first word that springs to mind upon laying eyes on this car. And that’s what an Aston should be like. A proper Aston has to make you all hot in the pants the moment you look at it. This Vantage, though, it’s kind of confusing because one is not sure one is looking at it right. You keep shifting your head to see it at another angle, hoping things would improve.

So maybe Aston designers though it would be a good idea to go with a controversial look, so as to get people talking about their creation. The design of the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage may or may not grow on you, but rest assured people are going to end up in camps of either lovers or haters. So let’s just ignore all that for now and check out the technical side of things. That gaping mouth and large splitter, along with the rear diffuser and spoiler, are all there to make the new Vantage one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class. This, the almost 50:50 weight distribution, and the kind of firepower this little sports car has opens up a whole new realm of performance to this nameplate.

The engine powering the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage comes straight out of an AMG GT S. It’s a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo unit with 510 horsepower and 685Nm of torque, mated to a ZF 8-speed auto box on a transaxle. Aston has used their own Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff), so the Vantage can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and flat out do 195 mph. The car is a nimble little sod, sothey have given it Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring to keep things in check.

The Vantage features a high level of standard equipment, including keyless start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system, parking distance display, park assist and front and rear parking sensors. The In-Car Entertainment system – controlled and viewed via a centrally mounted 8” LCD screen – comprises of the Aston Martin Audio System, Bluetooth audio and phone streaming, iPod, iPhone and USB playback and an integrated satellite navigation system. Prices for this weird but cool British sports car start at £120,900 in the UK, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the USA. It will hit the market in the second quarter of 2018.





















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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 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.

That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

Exterior

  • Takes road-going variant to even greater extremes
  • Bigger wings front and back
  • Extra vents and blades
  • More downforce
  • Smaller, 18-inch wheels

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“Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics.”

While Aston has yet to reveal the Valkyrie AMR Pro in the sheet metal, the British brand did give us a glimpse by way of an exterior rendering. Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics. You still get the ultra-wide, ultra-low stance of a hardcore performance machine, plus big aero, a teardrop-shaped greenhouse, and plumped-up fenders stuffed by large-diameter wheels with flat exterior covers. A scoop on the roof once again leads to a rear fin that matches up to the rear wing.


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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here for comparison.

However, while the same general shape is still there, the AMR Pro manages to turn the whole thing up to 11. Aston says it tweaked the aero to create more downforce, starting with larger wings in the front and in the rear. We also notice new wing blades behind the front wheels, which presumably help to vent the hot air around the brakes without impacting the front-end downforce dynamics. Just ahead of the windshield is an additional vent for the nose. There’s also no headlights seen anywhere on the front fenders, and you can bet there’s no turn signals in the tail either.

Finally, Aston says the active aero systems were tweaked and tuned for more hardcore track duty, while the wheels were downsized to 18 inches in diameter to mount the uber-sticky Michelin rubber (more on that in a bit).

Interior

  • Simple and barebones approach
  • Basically a carbon fiber cocoon
  • Fixed racing buckets replace street car’s adjustable seats

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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here.

“The seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car”

Unfortunately, Aston has yet to give us even a rendering of what to expect inside the AMR Pro’s cabin, but based on what we’ve seen from the road-going variant, there are a few assumptions to be made.

First off, let’s look at the “standard” Valkyrie. Climb into this thing, and you’ll find yourself wrapped in a cocoon of carbon. It’s a tight fit, but then again, it needs to be considering this machine’s ludicrous performance potential. A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel.” A complementary info screen is mounted on the dash, while two side screens project rear video feeds in place of the traditional side-view mirrors (aero is king, after all).

“A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel".”

In addition to all the carbon, the road-going Valkyrie gets Alcantara and metal trim pieces painted in gold. A six-point harness is offered for track duty, and should comes as standard equipment in the AMR Pro.

Finally, the seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car, and Aston says it’ll equip molded racing bucket seats in place of the road car’s adjustable units.

Drivetrain

  • More power and torque from hybrid 6.5-liter V-12
  • Top speed approaching 250 mph
  • No major changes to the powertrain set-up
  • Cosworth-derived engine

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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here.

“Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 will be electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1.”

Mounted in the middle of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 powerplant from the legendary British motorsport engineering company Cosworth. Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 will be electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1. However, the racing car will trump its streetable sibling with even more power and torque. We have yet to receive exact figures, but we’re guessing the road-legal Valkyrie will lay down around 1,130 horsepower, so it wouldn’t be too crazy to expect 1,300 or even 1,400 ponies from the AMR Pro.

“We have yet to receive exact figures, but it wouldn’t be too crazy to expect 1,300 or even 1,400 ponies from the AMR Pro.”

That’s pretty nuts if you ask us, but it gets better. With the extra output, we think the AMR Pro will hit 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, while Aston says it’ll top out
“close” to 250 mph. It’ll also weigh less than the road car, so a power-to-weight ratio greater than one-to-one might be within reach.

Accomplishing this incredible feat is a new engine tune and high-flow emission control system. Finally, the Rimac Energy Recovery System is identical, but gets an update with reprogrammed control systems.

Chassis And Handling

  • Lighter carbon fiber bodywork
  • Polycarbonate sheets instead of glass
  • Carbon fiber wishbone suspension
  • Formula 1-inspired carbon-carbon brakes
  • LMP1-spec Michelin tires
  • 3.3 G’s of cornering force
  • 3.5 G’s of braking force
  • Lap times similar to a modern F1 car

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“Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light”

As you might expect, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro manages to sacrifice a few extraneous pounds in the name of more speed. First on the chopping block are those superfluous features designed for basic street comfort, like the heater and infotainment system. Next, the glass windshield was tossed in favor of a polycarbonate sheet, which gains a lightweight heater element in place of the standard de-mister. Polycarbonate was also used for the side windows.

Additionally, Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light. There’s also a lightweight exhaust system (not to mention louder as well), while the suspension was updated with new uprights and carbon fiber wishbones.

“Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.”

Hauling it down are brakes inspired by Formula 1, with race-spec carbon-carbon construction. Michelin tires are used for stick, and run the same specification as the LMP1 cars that compete in the World Endurance Championship.

Amazingly, Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. And that is a mighty claim indeed! What’s more, Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.

Holy crap.

Prices


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Aston says only 25 of these mad machines will be built, with deliveries commencing in 2020. All 25 are already spoken for. How much each customer paid is still under wraps, but if we were to guess, $3 million to $4 million is probably about right.

Those folks lucky enough to snag one will get to participate in “an intensive and comprehensive driver development program” that’s customized to their skill level and racing experience. The program includes access to the same resources as Aston Martin Red Bull’s pro drivers, such as time in the simulator, on-track training, and even a physical fitness regimen.

And since the AMR Pro doesn’t appear to be eligible for any specific racing series, customers will be offered a chance to, uh, actually drive their car in a series of track events all over the world.

Competition

Ferrari FXX K


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Like the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the Ferrari FXX K is a track-only variant of a simply insane road-going hybrid hypercar, and like the AMR Pro, the FXX K has what it takes to melt your face into a puddle. The exterior is pure spaceship, with lots of active wings and seemingly endless downforce, while an engineering degree is required to operate the cockpit controls. And that’s important, because actually driving this thing is not an activity for the careless. Mounted behind the carbon seats is a 6.3-liter V-12 and electric motor combo that produces as much as 1,036 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

Read our full review on the 2015 Ferrari FXX K.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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If it’s a true Formula 1 experience that you’re after, minus the politics of course, then Mercedes-AMG has a solution. The Project One was designed with the specific goal of bringing F1-style performance to the street, coming equipped with a turbocharged and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that’ll spin to 11,000 rpm. Output is rated at more than 1,000 horsepower. The engine is even constructed in the same factory as Merc’s F1 powerplants. The rest of the spec was built to complement that insane ‘six, with big wing, AWD grip, multi-stage ESP, carbon ceramic brakes, and multi-link pushrod suspension.

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

Conclusion


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“At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists.”

All told, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro looks to be one helluva toy. The performance promises it makes are borderline unbelievable, so much so we’re tempted to start calling BS. However, this is Aston Martin and Adrian Newey we’re talking about, and if this thing can run with a modern F1 car, then dammit, they’ll know it.

At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists. It shows just how far you can take go-fast technology, pushing an extreme into uncharted territory. Adrian Newey’s take is spot on –

“While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints,” Newey says. “However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions. While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimized to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”

We can’t wait to see what it can do in real life.

  • Leave it
    • An outrageously expensive toy
    • Ineligible for any race series
    • Already sold out

References

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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

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Aston Martin Vantage – What We Know So Far

With only a few days to go until the official unveiling of the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage, it’s high time we pieced together bits of information we’ve been hearing here and there about the British sports car. This gives us a clue as to what we can expect to see on November 21 when Aston drops the curtain on the new Vantage. 

While there is still some speculation about the underpinning of the new sports car, it has been confirmed through promotional material the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage will have a Mercedes-AMG V8 with 500 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque.

That means this little hottie is edging ever closer to the realm of supercars, especially as it also has a kerb weight of just over 1,500 kg. So one thing you can be sure of, the performance is going to be stellar. That’s something one can surmise looking at the way it handles in the hands of a professional driver such as Max Verstappen:

Design-wise, the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage will be closely related to the DB10 bond car. It is characterized by short overhangs, a hunkered down profile with a short boot and long bonnet. Though the Vantage is considered a direct rival to the Porsche 911 it has never really compromised on its gran tourer qualities just so that it stick it to the German. That will be the case with the new model as well. Yes, it’s sportier and more focused than the outgoing model. But in terms of munching miles effortlessly, the car is still a British GT at heart.

The V8 Vantage will hit the market in 2018 with a price tag of around 95,000 GBP. In a year or so after that we will get a Volante, and some time after than a V12 variant… unless V12s are outlawed by then.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Can Pull 3.3g Around Corners!

While the world is waiting with bated breath to see the new Valkyrie hypercar on the road, Aston is preparing a track-only version of this breathtaking machine. Set for release in 2020, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is pitched by the company as the “ultimate expression of performance.”

And it’s not just because it looks like something out of the pages of Science Fiction. Designed by Formula 1 guru Adrian Newey, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be closest thing to a real F1 car you can enjoy without being a professional racer. Well, not you perhaps, but the 25 extremely rich people who get to buy this car. The vehicle is the result of a jont project between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing.

Powering the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is a naturally aspirated Cosworth V12 engine measuring 6.5 liters in displacement. It’s backed up by a re-programmed Rimac Energy Recovery System, so the yet-to-be-revealed performance figures will certainly be astonishing. Compared to the road car, the AMR Pro is lighter and more focused, running on smaller 18 inch wheels at the front and boasting polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, a lighter construction of carbon fibre bodywork, new suspension uprights and carbon fibre wishbones, plus moulded race seats in place of the adjustable road car items.




It’s no winder then the AMR Pro Valkyrie is said to be as fast as n F1 or LMP1 car around any given race track. The car can pull up to 3.3g around corners and sustain braking deceleration of more than 3.5g. So if you are getting one of these your body had better be as fit as your wallet is fat! Even then you will have to go though a driver training program tailored for this car before you are allowed behind the wheel.

Red Bull Technology’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, said: “While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints. However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions. While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimised to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 NC500 Is an Homage to Scotland

In partnership with the Q department, Aston Martin of Edinburgh has come up with a very special version of the DB11 Coupe. Featuring unique and super classy details inside and out, the Aston Martin DB11 NC500 edition is a tribute to Scotland, in particular to its North Coast 500 route which is considered one of the world’s best driving roads. 

They call is Scotland’s Route 66, but the fact is North Coast 500 is a lot more fun than the famous American road because it has lots turns and twists and the scenery is also more fascinating. It’s a good job, then, they picked a great GT car for this project. Aston Martin DB11 NC500 is standard in terms of mechanical specs, but with 500 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds, not to mention a well-balanced chassis and a sweet soundtrack, it is perfect for tackling a route like NC500.

What sets Aston Martin DB11 NC500 apart from regular models is the special exterior and interior appointments. The exterior is finished in Q Seychelles Blue, which is the same color as Prince Charles’ DB6. Inside you get Q Bison Brown leather inspired by North Coast logo, and a dash of Dunbeath Tweed on to the sun visors, door cards, seat inserts and the central powered stowage area. There is also trims made from Dark Ash Open Pore. We bet this car also has an Scottish accent!

There is six Aston Martin DB11 NC500 editions made by Q, each named after an area on the North Coast 500 route – Black Isle, Caithness, Easter Ross, Inverness-Shire, Sutherland, & Wester Ross. Each car also gets its own embroidery, sill plate, Q badges and a two-piece luggage set in the same leather and tweed as the car interior.






Via Leven Car Company

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Is Not Messing Around Anymore As CEO Takes Aim At Ferrari

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish

With Aston Martin saying goodbye to the current-generation Vanquish – it even prepared a final “Ultimate” edition of the model – work on the next-gen model is speeding up to the point that we’re already seeing prototypes of the upcoming Vanquish out and about on the streets. We also know that it’s slated to carry as much as 700 horsepower on tap and, if Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is to be believed, the next-gen Vanquish is going to be potent enough to make the Prancing Horse restless.

Oh, yes. Palmer is throwing the gauntlet at Ferrari, specifically at the 812 Superfast. It’s been well-documented that Aston Martin has set out a plan to become more aggressive with developing pure performance cars. We’ve already seen hints of it with the development of the Vulcan supercar and the Valkyrie hypercar. Now, it’s also taking shape with some of the marquee’s long-standing models. The new DB11 got the ball rolling in that regard and it’s no surprise that the next-gen Vanquish will use the same template, including a modified version of the DB11’s platform. Likewise, the Vanquish’s 5.3-liter turbocharged V-12 unit will be derived from the DB11 and will be tuned to produce power levels that could rival the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It’s an ambitious goal to set, especially when Ferrari is brought up in the discussion. But, it’s a new era over at Aston Martin. Those days of the marque sticking to its grand tourer roots are long gone. Now it’s taking aim at just about anybody it deems a competitor with little regard for the consequences. It’s a refreshing sight to see, and one that I wish happened much earlier.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Big words, big dreams


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“The next-gen Vanquish is “bloody good” and is being “developed to compete with the Ferrari 812 Special”

At this point, Aston Martin has yet to give us any concrete details about the next-gen Vanquish beyond claims that it’s “bloody good” and is being “developed to compete with the Ferrari 812 Special.” Those are the exact words of Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, so he fits the bill of a person who knows every spec of information regarding the next-gen Vanquish.

Palmer even added that the “majority of product investment for the supercar is finished and, at this point, the next step is preparing the manufacturing process of the car.” A big part of that preparation, according to Palmer, involves making different prototypes, and on that end, the British automaker is making more than it’s used to so when production of the car begins, the company will be ready to go without any hitches or delays. Clearly, a lot of time and effort are being put into ensuring that the next-gen Vanquish lives up to the hype. It already has a considerable amount of it considering what we’ve already heard and read about the development process of the car.


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One thing I do know is that Palmer knows what he’s doing when he mentions the next-gen Vanquish in the same sentence as the Ferrari 812 Superfast. The latter, after all, is regarded as Maranello’s latest masterpiece. Beyond the fact that it has the looks of a proper Ferrari, it also boasts an undeniable Prancing Horse lineage, none more important than its 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 789 horsepower 530 pound-feet of torque.

On the surface, it seems ridiculous to think of the next-generation Vanquish as being in the same league as the 812 Superfast. But, this is the world we live in now, and it’s a testament to Aston Martin’s newfound approach that we’re even discussing it in the first place. Here’s to hoping then that all the filibustering coming out of Gaydon amounts to something that lives up to all the hype. It would be a shame if Aston Martin keeps talking up the next-generation Vanquish and then the car ultimately fails to live up to expectations.

Personally, I’m not too worried about that because if recent form holds, Aston Martin’s claims regarding its new performance car already have a strong foundation to stand on. Then again, we’ll know soon enough if that’s going to be the case when the next-gen Vanquish makes its debut in 2019.

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2019 Aston Martin Vanquish

Launched in 2016, the DB11 brought Aston Martin into a new era, one that sees a brand-new platform replacing the Vertical\Horizontal underpinnings that entered production in 2004. With the DB11 having replaced the iconic DB9 and a new-generation Vantage almost ready for a public debut, Aston Martin is now working on a new version of the Vanquish, and a prototype was just spotted on the Nurburgring track.

Not much is known about the upcoming Vanquish, but the spy shots suggest a DB11-inspired design. This is far from surprising though, as the DB11 was used to introduce the company’s latest styling language. So much like the DB9, which inspired the rest of the Aston Martin lineup back in the day, the DB11 will lend many of its features to the new Vantage and Vanquish. Of course, the Vanquish will be most aggressive of the trio in terms of styling, but also as far as performance goes.

There’s no word as to when the new Vanquish will arrive, but given that the second-gen model is five years old as of 2017, I don’t think we’ll see it sooner than late 2018 in showrooms. But, until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what we already know about the British grand tourer.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Aston Martin Vanquish.

Exterior

  • DB11-inspired styling
  • Sportier stance
  • Modern design cues

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“The Vanquish is arguably more aggressive than the DB11 up front”

If you see a DB11 in this spy shots, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. Those familiar cues are there for a reason. Actually, make that two reasons. First up, it’s no longer a mystery that the upcoming Vanquish started life as a DB11 mockup. Second, the DB11 is the car that introduced Aston Martin’s current design language, and it makes sense for the rest of the lineup to take inspiration from those cues.

But as similar as the two cars may seem, take a closer look, and you’ll notice quite a few differences. Arguably the most noteworthy feature up front is the main grille. While shaped in the traditional Aston Martin way at the top, the Vanquish’s grille is actually a tad narrower and taller, extending all the way to the splitter. The side vents also appear to be different, despite the heavy camouflage. The splitter is also narrower and doesn’t extend over the corners of the bumper like on the DB11. The headlamps are different too, having a smaller surfaces and a less organic shape. Finally, the engine hood, which is slightly shorter, has big vents on each side of the center bulge.


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“The car's profile is actually identical to the DB11 for the most part”

The car’s profile is actually identical to the DB11 for the most part, yet another hint that Aston Martin used the latter as a base for the test car. But while the front fender strake, the side skirts, and muscular beltline, and the roof are identical to the DB11, the nose, and the hood are notably shorter. This is because while the DB11 is a traditional grand tourer, the Vanquish is meant to fill the role of a front-engined supercar.

The rear end is once again similar to the DB11, and the heavy cladding on the center fascia and deck lid prevents us from getting a good look at most of the features, but we can still spot some difference. For starters, the prototype sports brand-new taillights. While the DB11 has thin, C-shaped clusters that extend into the trunk lid, the Vanquish has a more simple design with stripe-shaped units. What’s more, the cladding on the trunk lid could hide a horizontal bar that extends on the entire width of the rear section, similar to the Porsche 911.

The diffuser is again similar to the DB11, but the center section has more aggressive wings hinting at the Vanquish’s superior performance. Though not in its final stage, a quad-pipe exhaust layout replaces the DB11’s dual-tip configuration.

Interior

  • DB11-inspired cabin
  • Sporty dashboard
  • Race-inspired instrument cluster
  • 12-inch TFT display
  • New 8-inch infotainment display
  • Updated luxury features

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Note: Aston Martin DB11 pictured here.

“Look for a sporty yet clean dashboard layout and a race-inspired instrument cluster”

With no spy shots of the interior, it’s hard to predict what the Vanquish has in store inside the cabin, but there’s a big chance it will borrow some cues from the DB11. What we can assume is that it will be a brand-new design compared to the outgoing Vanquish.

Look for a sporty yet clean dashboard layout, a race-inspired instrument cluster, the DB11’s 12-inch TFT display, and a flat-bottom steering wheel with redesigned controls. A new eight-inch TFT infotainment screen with rotary control will provide access to all the apps. The optional touchpad with character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support available in the DB11 should find its way into the Vanquish as well. A new satellite navigation and audio system, an auto-park assist feature, and 360-degree camera should also be included.

Much like any Aston Martin out there, the Vanquish will get new upholstery materials and finishes, and the usual “virtually limitless” combinations of colors, veneer, and metal trim. Look for fine leather and Alcantara highlighted by contrast stitching and piping and new finishes such as layered “Nexus” quilting and “Celestial” perforation.

Drivetrain

  • New, lighter architecture
  • New, twin-turbo V-12 engine
  • Likely close to 700 horsepower
  • Could lose at least 150 pounds
  • 0-60 could come in 3.2 seconds
  • Top Speed could be as high as 205 mph

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Note: Aston Martin DB11 pictured here.

“The old 5.9-liter V-12 engine will be replaced with the newly-developed, twin-turbo, 5.2-liter V-12”

The big news here is that the next-generation Vanquish will get Aston Martin’s new architecture. The underpinnings have already debuted in the DB11 and will shave at least 150 pounds off the old model. Of course, the Vanquish will get its very own setup designed to handle increased performance, among other attributes.

Speaking of performance, the old 5.9-liter V-12 engine will be replaced with the newly-developed, twin-turbo, 5.2-liter V-12. Again, we’ve already seen what this engine is capable of in the DB11, which comes with 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet on tap. That’s five horses and 51 pound-feet more than the outgoing Vanquish S, but the redesigned model will get more than that. The Vanquish has been sitting at the top of the Aston Martin lineup in terms of performance since day one (not counting limited-edition models like the One-77 and Vulcan of course), so it’s safe to assume that the Brits are aiming for at least 650 horsepower. With the Ferrari 812 Superfast rated at a whopping 789 horses, Aston Martin could look to squeeze close to 700 horsepower out of the V-12, but it’s all just speculation at this point.

Performance-wise, it will be quicker than the outgoing Vanquish. I expect the new engine and lighter platform to shave at least two tenths off the current coupe’s 0-to-60 mph, meaning it should boast a 3.2-second benchmark. Top speed should also increase from the current 201 mph to around 205 mph.

Prices

Pricing for the upcoming Vanquish is obviously a mystery at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the new-generation model will cost a tad more than the current version. With the available Vanquish S priced from $294,950, the next-gen coupe will most likely cost more than $300,000 before options.

Competition

Ferrari 812 Superfast


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It might seem a bit awkward to compare the 812 Superfast to an Aston Martin on the performance front, but I’m pretty sure that the British firm is aiming in this specific direction with the upcoming Vanquish. Essentially an update to the F12berlinetta, the 812 Superfast features brand-new sheet metal, a revised interior, and new power under the hood. The styling is decidedly modern, but it also reminds of classic Ferraris like the 365 GTB4. The cabin carries over from the F12berlinetta, but it did gain a revised center stack, new controls, and a new steering wheel. The seats are sportier too, now featuring enhanced side bolstering. Under the hood, the already iconic 6.3-liter V-12 was replaced with a 6.5-liter unit. Output increased to an incredible 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, arguably more than what the next-gen Aston Martin Vanquish will be able to deliver in its first years on the market. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes only 2.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at an impressive 211 mph. Pricing should start from around $340,000 before options, which makes it more expensive than the upcoming Vanquish, but not by much given the extra oomph and technology.

Read our full review of the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Bentley Continental GT


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The Continental GT is more suited to go against the Vanquish. It’s not as aggressive as the 812 Superfast, it has that British flair, and it’s generally considered a better rival for Aston Martin’s grand tourer. The Conti GT was just redesigned for the 2018 model year, and it now rides on a new, lighter platform, uses a new design language based on the EXP 10 Speed 6, and a redesigned interior with state-of-the-art technology and revised luxury features. The engine continued to be 6.0-liter W-12 design, but the unit is actually new, and it’s now rated at 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Granted, the Conti GT is not as powerful as the 812 Superfast, but it will be followed by Speed and Supersports versions. The latter will probably arrive with around 750 horsepower, which should be enough to at least give the Ferrari a run for its money. Pricing should start from around $220,000 for the GT, but the Supersports will fetch in excess of $300,000 before options.

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Conclusion


2019 Aston Martin Vanquish - image 739089

If the DB11 is any indication, the upcoming Vanquish will be a significant departure from the current model. The lighter architecture, the more modern and sporty styling, and the redesigned interior with new technology and luxury features will make it as desirable as any high-profile grand tourer out there, including the 812 Superfast. Sure, it might not be as powerful and fast, but if Aston Martin decides to squeeze close to 700 horsepower from its new V-12 engine, it should at least give its Italian rival a good run for the money.

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    • Not as powerful and fast as the Ferrari 812 Superfast

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