Aston Martin is intent on producing seven new models in seven years, and the Vantage is the second model to be revealed after the DB11. The 2018 Vantage gets a bold design, a 503 horsepower turbocharged V8 engine, and a completely new platform which delivers in every way possible.
Aston Martin has an ambitious goal to build seven new models in seven years. If the forthcoming models are anything like the Vantage, Aston Martin will be heading towards a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The interior and exterior of the Vantage have been designed to maintain an analog experience in every possible way: design, performance, and sense.
The exterior features a clamshell hood design that allows the front end to have a wide central opening. This gives the front end a very aggressive look that demands attention. The headlights have been designed to follow the design of the front end and blend into the front fenders. Organic lines are everywhere focusing on natural lines that showcase the fluidity of the design. The side profile main design element is a front fender vent that sweeps a line across the center of the vehicle. The rear gets a very short overhang, a set of rear tail lights that connect all the way over the trunk and quarter panels, and aggressive rear diffuser vents. Overall, the design is striking with some influences notable from the Jaguar E-type.
The interior maintains an analog feel with a driver-focused cockpit that includes elements such as toggle switches and rotary knobs. The 2-seater interior features color-coded accents that match the exterior. Sports seats that are heavily bolstered will keep the driver and co-pilot firmly planted on spirited runs. A centrally mounted information screen will digital instruments give the interior a modern feel.
Performance comes the way of a Mercedes-AMG sourced turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. This powerplant produces 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the Aston can hit 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph. A manual gearbox is due to be released for the 2019 model year. The Vantage also gets an electronically controlled limited slip differential that offers dynamic stability control and dynamic torque vectoring modes.
Aston Martin still has five models to release to hit their target. If the next five models are as good as the Vantage, there is no doubt that the company will maintain its reputation of building beautiful performance machines. Deliveries are expected to start in the second quarter of 2018 with an estimated base price of $149,995.