2019 Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin has revealed to us the much anticipated update to the very successful Vantage. This is the second model in their Second Century Plan after the DB11.

As with the DB11, this new Vantage includes components and power plant from Mercedes AMG. As much as we love Aston Martin and their in-house works, this is still a good thing for the company moving forward.

In true OurDailyTread fashion, we’ll leave the technical details to the professionals that are responsible for them. You’ll find the full details below. But we’d like to review the aesthetics and overall image of the new car.

First impressions are they did w wonderful job in retaining the Aston Martin DNA, but more importantly, the Vantage DNA. Where the DB11 replaced the DB9 with a vehicle that looked like it was designed by someone other than Aston Martin, this retains its family identity much better. Not that the DB11 isn’t a wonderful looking car; it is. It just is…different. You realize it when you see this Vantage and how it has evolved as opposed to reinventing itself.

This new Vantage clearly carries the identity of the DB10 from its James Bond days. We knew the new Vantage was going to be based off this film only vehicle, but I’m glad to see it really is evident that it shares quite a bit of the DB10 in its overall modeling.

The other model that you can see in this is the Aston Martin Vulcan. Particularly in its low and large front grille opening. The grille on this Vantage sits much lower than expected. But it sits perfectly below the front-end belt-line from the DB10. It works.

But the best part of this new model is that Aston Martin didn’t stop there in making this car beautiful. The new rear end is something new at Aston Martin. The raised center high mounted stop light is worked cleverly into the rear deck lid to form its own spoiler (so-to-speak). This creates this vehicle’s signature rear end trait with its full width rear lighting system. We’re still glad to see Aston Martin incorporate various design elements to create airflow and downforce instead of attaching a huge spoiler which might destroy the visual design elements.

But perhaps the best part which is a surprise to me is the interior. Aston Martin has always created tasteful and lately elaborate interiors. Like a bespoke manufacturer should I suppose. But the interior of this new Vantage is beautiful and in itself MUCH better executed than that of the DB11.

The first thing you notice is that the Aston Martin traditional waterfall center stack is gone. The waterfall center console has been a part of all Aston Martins for too long. Even the DB11 retained it to a degree. Not so with this new Vantage. The dash layout is wonderfully arranged with REAL buttons and switches. Even the traditional Aston Martin gear selection buttons have been moved and rearranged. Everything looks wonderful and this car has its own identity.

The gauge cluster has been updated to electronic. We loved the traditional opposing rotating analog gauges in previous models, but it is time for the new updates. Too many new vehicles have successfully moved to full digital gauges to not include them here.

So overall I think this is a wonderful and well executed update to a classic. Given time, it’s good to see Aston Martin properly update a model even with the shared AMG technologies and retain its identity. This model is much more aggressive than the outgoing version. Considering this is also the first iteration of this new Vantage, I’m sure we’ll see even more anger in its design.

For the majority of the day after the reveal, I still can’t fully adopt the mesh front grille. I understand this bring more racing design and aggressiveness to the front of the Vantage as opposed to the horizontal bars on most all other Aston Martins. However, I think I get it. It IS a new design direction toward the true racing models. It IS a move toward the design shown on the Vulcan. So I’m okay with it.

We’ll roll out more information as it’s revealed. This is a great second step forward for Aston Martin. I can’t wait to see what they do with the Vanquish.

 

 

INTRODUCING THE NEW VANTAGE: THE SUCCESSOR TO A TRUE SPORTING DYNASTY

 
  • New Vantage defined by bold new look, intensified performance and dynamics
  • Powered by 4.0-litre, 510PS/685Nm twin-turbo V8 mated to eight-speed ZF transmission
  • Maximum speed 195mph. 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds
  • First Aston Martin to be fitted with an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff)
  • Deliveries scheduled to begin second quarter of 2018

21 November 2017, Gaydon: Vantage. An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models, the Vantage nameplate has been worn by some true icons. First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans and the much-loved V8 Vantage. Today this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage.

A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.

Aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the rear of the car.

Together with the new side gills, which have been integrated into the body surface and bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches, and the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the Vantage generates a significant level of downforce – a rarity on any production car and a first for a core production Aston Martin model.

The design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports car cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combination of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functionality. Likewise, the PRND transmission buttons have been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones. The interior also offers generous stowage space, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas.

The heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s potent new alloy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.  Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, this high performance, high efficiency engine returns a CO2 figure of *245g/km yet develops 510PS at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm. With a dry weight of 1530kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios – something vividly demonstrated whenever the throttle is squeezed. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack.

The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph, it employs a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment. These include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The speed-dependent electric power steering has 2.4 turns lock-to-lock for an outstanding combination of responsiveness and precise, intuitive control.

For the first time on an Aston Martin the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behaviour, and react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel. Unlike a conventional LSD, it can go from fully open to 100% locked in a matter of milliseconds.  At higher speeds, the Electronic Differential’s speed and sensitivity of response enables the system to take very fine control of the car’s dynamic behaviour. It makes the car feel much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability and its cornering performance, providing the driver with increased levels of confidence to explore and enjoy the car’s capabilities to the full.

The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, though some 70 per cent of the structure’s components are new for Vantage. Balance, strength, rigidity and weight efficiency were all priorities in the new Vantage design, as was handling purity and consistency. Highlights of the chassis include a solidly mounted rear subframe for an enhanced feeling of direct connection for the driver, new Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for new Vantage and the latest generation Adaptive Damping System which incorporates Skyhook technology and offers the choice of Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes.

Thanks to full integration of engine, transmission, E-Diff, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Damping and the electric power steering systems, each mode optimises every area of the car as one. With each step the Vantage gains in agility and responsiveness, its character becoming progressively sharper, more vocal and more exciting. This is the essence of the Vantage driving experience – a car that’s never less than connected and engaging with the breadth of capability to revel in challenging roads and bare its teeth on track.

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.

Being an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features a high level of craftsmanship, evidenced by flawless paintwork, luxurious Alcantara® and leather upholstery and the levels of finish optimised through the use of tactile natural materials of the highest quality. There is also extensive scope for personalisation via a generous choice of options. These include forged alloy wheels in a variety of finishes, Sports Plus Collection (comprising Sports Plus seats and Sports steering wheel), carbon fibre interior and exterior detailing and a Premium Audio System.

Aston Martin President Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history. Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation. I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created: a new Vantage that’s more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package. A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for.”

The new Vantage is on sale now with a recommended retail price from £120,900 in the UK, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the USA. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.


 

 

 

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Aston Martin New Vantage Specification

Body
– Two-door body style 2+0 seating
– Extruded bonded aluminium body structure with steel panels
– LED high and low beam headlamps with integrated direction indicator, daytime running lights,
position lamp, lock/unlock graphic theatre
– Signature full width LED tail lamp with stop tail and dynamic indicator functions
– Clamshell bonnet
– Side gill

Engine
– All-alloy quad overhead cam, 4.0 litre twin turbo V8
– Water-to-Air charge cooling
– Front mid-mounted engine, rear wheel drive
– Compression ratio 10.5:1
– Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system
– Electronically controlled exhaust
– Dual Variable Camshaft Timing
– Fully CNC machined combustion chambers
– Maximum power: 510PS / 503BHP / 375kW at 6000rpm
– Maximum torque: 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm
– Acceleration: 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 3.6 seconds / 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds
– Maximum speed: 195 mph (314 kph)
European Fuel Economy Figures (estimated figures)
– C02 245 g/km
– Urban: 19.7 mpg
– Extra Urban: 34.3 mpg
– Combined: 26.8 mpg
– Urban: 14.4 litres/100 km
– Extra Urban: 8.2 litres/100 km
– Combined 10.5 litres / 100 km

Transmission
– Rear mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
– Alloy torque tube with Carbon Fibre propeller shaft
– Electronic differential (E-Diff)
– Final drive ratio 2.93:1

Steering
– Electric power assisted steering rack with 13.09:1 steering ratio
– Speed-dependent rack and pinion power-assisted steering, 2.4 turns lock-to-lock

Suspension
– Front independent double wishbone design coil springs, anti-roll bar
– Rear multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
– Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Skyhook technology modes Sport, Sport + and Track

Wheels and Tyres
– 20″ ‘Y’ spoke wheels – Silver
– Front 20″ Pirelli P Zero 255/40/20
– Rear 20″ Pirelli P Zero 295/35/20

Brakes
– Front ventilated two-piece steel brake discs 400 mm diameter
– Rear ventilated co-cast brake discs 360 mm diameter
– Electric park brake
– Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
– Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
– Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
– Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
– Traction Control (TC)
– Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
– Positive Torque Control (PTC)
– Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV)

Dimensions
– Length – 4465 mm
– Width (incl Mirror Caps) – 2153 mm
– Width (excl Mirror Caps) – 1942 mm
– Height – 1273 mm
– Wheelbase – 2704 mm
– Fuel tank capacity – 73 litres
– Min Dry Weight – 1530 kg (inclusive of lightweight options)
– Weight Distribution – 50:50

Standard Specification
– Primary exterior paint colour
– Graphite painted exterior body pack
– Graphite painted rear diffuser insert and blades
– Red tail lamps
– Twin Stainless Steel Silver exhaust tailpipe finishers
– Titanium front grille
– Bright window surround finisher
– Silver underbonnet cross brace
– Exterior body coloured side gill
– Exterior body coloured mirror caps
– Exterior body coloured roof
– Dark Anodised brake calipers
– Enamel wing badges
– Sports seats
– Strathmore leather and Alcantara® environment
– Black leather steering wheel
– Carpeted cabin
– Satin Silver interior jewellery
– Gloss Black trim inlay
– Automatic temperature control with dual zone climate control
– Keyless start/stop
– Front and rear parking sensors
– Tyre pressure monitoring
– Alarm and immobiliser
– Memory seats
– Heated rear screen
– Manual steering column adjust
– Side mirror tilt down on reverse
– Parking distance display and park assist

In Car Entertainment
– Aston Martin Audio System
– 8.0″ LCD screen
– iPod® and iPhone® integration and USB playback
– DAB & AM/FM Radio9
– A2DP Bluetooth® audio and phone streaming
– Integrated satellite navigation system

Optional Features
Interior
– Sports Plus seats13
– Sports steering wheel 13
– 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre steering wheel
– Full leather interior
– Caithness or Balmoral leather
– Colour keyed boot carpet
– Floor mats7, 14
– Tread plates with sill plaques – Satin Silver, Dark Chrome, 2×2 Twill Satin Carbon Fibre
– Embroidered headrest – Vantage logo or Aston Martin wings
– Embossed headrest – Vantage logo or Aston Martin wings
– Placed perforation
– Optional trim inlays – Lime Essence painted, Hyper Red painted, White Stone painted, 2×2
Twill Satin Carbon Fibre
– Optional interior jewellery – Dark Chrome, Dark Chrome with 2×2 Twill Satin Carbon Fibre
– Alternative seat belt colours – Flint, Champagne, Spicy Red, Mocha, Graphite

Exterior
– Exterior Body Pack finishes – Gloss Black painted, 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre3
– Q Exterior Graphics Pack1
– Rear diffuser inserts and blades – Body colour
– Roof panel finishes – Gloss Black painted, 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre
– Matte Black exhaust finishers
– Front grille meshes – Magnum Silver, Matte Black12
– Window surround finishers – Bright, Matte Black12
– Side gills – Matte Black perforated, 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre
– Exterior door handles – 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre
– Mirror caps – Gloss Black painted, 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre
– 20″ ‘Y’ spoke wheel – Gloss Black Diamond Turned
– 20″ ‘Y’ spoke wheel – Graphite Duotone
– 20″ forged wheel – Silver Diamond Turned
– 20″ forged wheel – Gloss Black Diamond Turned
– 20″ forged wheel – Textured Dark
– Alternative brake caliper colours – Black, Red, Grey, Yellow, Satin Silver, Orange, Vivid Red,
Blue, Madagascar Orange
– Black underbonnet cross brace

Functional
– Aston Martin Tracking by Vodafone Automotive UK Ltd (Category 5)9
– Garage door opener14
– Aston Martin Premium Audio System
– Ventilated seats
– Heated seats10
– 16-way seat adjust10
– Closed stowage and armrest14
– Keyless entry11
– Blind spot monitoring11
– Auto park assist11
– Touchpad11
– Glass switches11
– Electronic steering column and cruise control14
– 360 degree camera7, 8, 14
– Second Jewellery Key
– Umbrella and holder
– First aid kit

Option Packs
– Sports Plus Pack4
– Exterior Black Pack2
– Tech Pack6, 8
– Comfort Pack5

1. Includes painted mirror caps, splitter lipstick and rear diffuser insert and blades
2. Includes Matte Black front grille mesh and Matte Black window surround finisher
3. Includes front splitter and grille surround, side sills and rear diffuser
4. Includes Sports Plus seats and Sports steering wheel
5. Includes 16-way seat adjust, heated seats, closed stowage and armrest
6. Includes keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, auto park assist, touchpad, glass switches, electronic steering column and
cruise control
7. Standard in China
8. Standard in Australia
9. Not available in all markets
10. Only available as part of the Comfort Collection Pack in the US
11. Only available as part of the Tech Collection Pack in the US
12. Only available as part of the Exterior Black Collection Pack in the US
13. Only available as part of the Sports Plus Collection Pack in the US
14. Standard in the US

Aston Martin Vantage: Design

• Predatory stance inspired by extreme track-only Aston Martin Vulcan
• New front and rear ultra-slim LED lights create a strong and unmistakable graphic
• New side gill is an aerodynamically functional detail
• Interior has driver-focused, functional cockpit feel
• Seating position is set lower for truly immersive experience
• 350 litres of boot space supplemented by generous stowage behind the seats

Reflecting its increased performance, capabilities and sporting character, the new Vantage boasts
an athletic, muscular physique. Driven by the desire to more explicitly express the clear nature of
each Aston Martin model, the Vantage has a predatory stance that roots it emphatically to the
road. Shaped by a philosophy of consequential lines, the body has purity, elegance and balance,
each line present because it serves a purpose. This creates a clear message of sporting intent
without having to resort to gimmicks.

This direct link to performance can be seen in the functional aerodynamics of the body surfaces. A
fully integrated front splitter flows seamlessly into the minimal front overhang. The side strake has
been stripped back into a new side gill so that it too is now an integrated surface, rather than an
applied detail. It also serves an aerodynamic purpose, bleeding air from the front wheel arch to
minimise lift and feed air along the flanks of the car.

The front and rear lights are ultra-slim LEDs and have been used to stunning effect. Whether
you’re following or being followed these visual signatures ensure the Vantage is unmistakable.
Shape and drama define every aspect of the Vantage, never more so than at the rear, where the
diffuser and pronounced kick in the upswept deck lid clearly show how the Vantage uses the
airflow over its surfaces to generate stability-enhancing downforce. Bold, less restrained and more
celebratory, the Vantage is a brilliantly expressive and exciting piece of design.

The interior is every bit as dynamic: a true and purposeful sports car interior that is a departure
from the flowing lines and central waterfall console that has previously defined Aston Martin
interiors. Instead the Vantage cockpit is dominated by a compact, focused console that shrink
wraps the technical architecture – that’s to say the areas of switchgear, such as the new PRND
transmission switches, which are now positioned in a triangular formation. The instrument cowl has
protruding forms that act like blinkers to focus the driver’s gaze. The seating position is 10mm
lower to foster a truly immersive feel. A choice of Sport and Sport Plus seats offer exceptional
comfort, with the more heavily bolstered option seat providing greater support in dynamic
situations.

Careful attention has been paid to the fixed paddle shifters, which have been developed to
facilitate up and downshifts without the driver having to reposition their hands on the steering
wheel. The shift feel itself has also been honed for a satisfyingly positive feel. The HVAC controls
are a combination of classic rotary and toggle style switches, as they are the quickest and most
intuitive means of adjusting temperature and airflow while on the move. These apparently small
details all reinforce the pure, analogue, tactile nature of the Vantage driving experience.

As standard, the Vantage is trimmed extensively with Alcantara and leather (a full-leather interior is
available as an option) which perfectly suits the sporting nature of the car, while beautifully
executed details, such as the saddle leather door pull provide the perfect reminder of Aston
Martin’s unrivalled commitment to craftsmanship. Though a strict two-seater, the Vantage is a
genuine everyday proposition. A practical tailgate opens onto a 350-litre boot space. In the main
passenger compartment, there are generous double-tier storage areas behind the seats, which are
perfect for stowing handbags, briefcases or items of clothing while travelling.

Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said: “New Vantage has the most powerful and
provocative design language ever seen in a Vantage. A hunter, light in weight and is therefore light
in it’s visual language. It is based on a single line under tension, inspired by the DB10 and the
extreme track-only Aston Martin Vulcan, blending the two unique design languages together into a
form that is sculpted, dynamic, pure and elemental”.

Aston Martin Vantage: Engineering/Powertrain

Latest generation aluminum structure is 70 per cent new
• All-alloy quad overhead cam 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, front-mid-mounted
• 510PS @ 6000rpm and 685Nm @ 2000-5000rpm
• Slimline wet sump system enabling engine to be mounted lower in chassis
• Rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift

The backbone of the new Vantage is its bonded aluminium underframe. While the architecture of
the car is based on Aston Martin’s next generation platform, 70% of its components are bespoke to
the Vantage as it was essential the engineering team had the freedom to create the ideal
foundation for a sports car. The result is an impressive dry weight of 1,530kg.

At 4465mm, the car is 284mm shorter than DB11, and is 34mm shorter than a Porsche 911. This
compactness helps give the car its inherent agility – something for which the outgoing Vantage was
renowned and on which this new model raises the bar.

The underframe features a solidly-mounted sub frame which creates an immensely rigid structure
providing a very stable platform from which the suspension can control the car. This structure
ensures that the driver feels very much a part of the car, creating a feeling of ‘direct connection’
that can be felt and appreciated by all drivers and relished by the most skilled.

The new Aston Martin Vantage utilises a high performance 4-litre V8 Twin Turbo engine,
generating an output of 510PS. The basis of this engine has been provided by Mercedes-AMG as
part of the company’s successful ongoing relationship. Aston Martin Engineers have worked to
ensure that this engine maintains the unique AML character and ‘feel’ that Aston Martins are
renowned for.

Moving to a twin-turbo V8 from a naturally aspirated V8 could have resulted in the new Vantage
lacking the soundtrack for which Aston Martins are rightly renowned. However, , engineers have
successfully tuned both the induction and exhaust systems to provide the iconic sound quality
synonymous with an Aston Martin sports car. This is particularly noticeable in Sport Plus and Track
modes.

Great effort has also been put into positioning the engine as low as possible for a lower centre of
gravity and improved weight distribution to contribute to optimised driving dynamics. The low
engine position is achieved through new engine mounts and a lower, slimmer wet sump. With this
bespoke new wet sump design, AML have achieved an improved engine parasitic loss figure,
which improves fuel economy.

The 685Nm of torque is fed through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission mounted at the back
of the car. The gearbox has specially developed software which provides short, crisp gear changes
when required, and can also deliver the type of shift refinement and usability which is beyond that
seen on dual clutch gearboxes.

By using eight gears, this enables close ratios, which allow the engine to be kept in its most
powerful / efficient speed range for longer depending on driver demand. The gearbox’s adaptive
software is designed to gauge the conditions the car is operating in, along with the demands the
driver is making, to ensure the car is in exactly the right gear at the right time.

Aston Martin’s Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj said: “As an automotive engineer the challenge
is always the same: to achieve greater efficiency in every area of the car. With an unashamed
sports car such as an all-new Aston Martin Vantage you have another challenge – the relentless
pursuit of greater emotion and excitement. Not only have we massively improved the hardware of
this new Vantage, we’ve invested it with true heart and soul.”

Aston Martin Vantage: Performance/Driving Dynamics

• Maximum speed 195mph; 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds
• Electronic Rear Differential – first time used on an Aston Martin
• E-Diff and Dynamic Torque Vectoring linked to Dynamic Stability Control System
• Latest generation Adaptive Damping System with Skyhook
• Speed-dependent electric power steering with 2.4 turns lock-to-lock

The dynamic brief for the new Vantage was simple. Make it as exciting and engaging as possible
without compromising its everyday usability or making it too challenging for drivers of all abilities.
The key to achieving this objective was complete integration of the powertrain, transmission,
suspension and steering systems, which work in harmony to offer three distinct dynamic modes –
Sport, Sport Plus and Track.

As the name of these modes suggests, the Vantage is never less than a sports car. Consequently,
while ride comfort and pliancy remains an important quality, the Vantage is not attempting to
deliver GT levels of suppleness. Precision, consistency and intuitive responses are constants, but
as the driver works their way through Sport Plus and Track modes they will feel the whole car
become increasingly responsive to their inputs. The throttle will feel sharper, the up and downshifts
punchier and the steering more incisive and the suspension firmer.

The suspension uses a forged double wishbone design at the front and a multi-link system at the
rear. Adaptive damping features as standard, with sensors on the car detecting the prevailing
driving conditions, as well as the demands the driver is making of the car. A solidly-mounted rear
subframe provides the most precise and consistent location for the rear suspension, which means
the car responds with greater immediacy and gives a more detailed feeling of connection for the
driver.

A crucial addition to the new Vantage is Dynamic Torque Vectoring and – for the first time on an
Aston Martin – an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s
electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behaviour, and can react
accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel. Unlike a conventional LSD, it can go
from fully open to 100% locked in a matter of milliseconds. DTV significantly improves the car’s
cornering capabilities and makes low to medium speed cornering far more satisfying.

At higher speeds the Electronic Differential’s speed and sensitivity of response enables the system
to take very fine control of the car’s dynamic behaviour. Also, because the E-Diff is free from the
fixed parameters and behaviour of a mechanical LSD it creates an inherent feeling of agility when
making direction changes, but feels much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability
and once settled into a cornering. Working together the E-Diff and DTV systems increase
cornering performance and provide the driver with increased levels of confidence, allowing them to
explore and enjoy the car’s capabilities to the full, while not sacrificing low speed usability.
Performance between the corners is equally scintillating, with a maximum speed of 195mph and
the ability to hit 62mph from rest in just 3.7 seconds.

The braking system features ventilated two-piece 400mm cast-iron discs at the front, with
ventilated 360mm discs at the rear, gripped by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers. The
master cylinder and booster have been updated to ensure the Vantage feels and responds as a
true sports car, creating a more responsive, confidence inspiring drive.

The wheels are 20” as standard with a choice of 2 wheel styles: 20” cast wheel designed to
amplify the cars athletic stance and a 20” forged machined lightweight wheel designed to
enhance the dynamic experience and reduce mass. The tyres are Pirelli P Zero (255/40 at the
front, 295 35 at the rear) which have been specifically tuned to suit the driving dynamics of
Vantage in wet and dry conditions.

Chief of Vehicle Attribute Engineering, Matt Becker said: “With Vantage we’ve really ramped-up
the feeling of agility, response and excitement. Key to this is the new Electronic Differential, which
works with Dynamic Torque Vectoring and the car’s Dynamic Stability Control to make the car feel
more responsive in slow and medium corners, but more stable in high-speed turns. We’ve put a
huge amount of effort into the calibration of these electronic systems so the car feels natural and
connected. It’s incredibly quick across the ground, but the speed doesn’t come at the expense of
feel and enjoyment. It’s a proper driver’s car

Aston Martin Vantage: Seven Decades of Sporting Excellence

• Vantage nameplate first used in the 1951 on a performance engine option for the DB2
• Vantage-badged performance derivatives of DB4, DB5, DB6 and DBS Vantage followed
• William Towns-designed V8 Vantage – launched in 1977
• DB7 Vantage was first Aston Martin to use the iconic 6.0-litre V12 engine
• Twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans was the ultimate Newport Pagnell-built Vantage
• First Gaydon-era Vantage launched in 2005. Became best-selling model in Aston
Martin’s history with 25,000 units sold
• All-new V8 twin-turbo Vantage launched

The first time the Vantage name was used few could have imagined its future significance.
Originally used in 1951 in sales literature for a high-performance derivative of the DB2, the
Vantage engine – offering 125bhp against 105 for the standard model – was far from a standalone
model, but established the name as one that would appeal to the keenest drivers.

The Vantage name next used in 1962 to denote a distinct model was the DB4 Vantage. In addition
to a high-performance engine, these Vantage specification cars also featured subtle styling
modifications. With the introduction of the DB5 in 1964 the Vantage model became firmly
established as the high-performance derivative. They were visually distinguished by discreet
Vantage badges attached to the side strakes on the front wings – a strategy that also applied to ,
the DB6, DB6 Mk2 and DBS.

The first standalone Vantage model was the short-lived AM Vantage – in essence a re-styled DBS
Vantage with a 4.0-litre 6-cylinder engine. Produced for a little over a year between the spring of
1972 and 1973, it was sold alongside the new William Towns-designed AM V8. Though just 70
examples were built, it was to spawn a true icon in the shape of the V8 Vantage. Introduced in
1977 as Aston Martin’s performance flagship, it was defined by its muscular looks and immense
performance courtesy of a tuned 375bhp version of the 5.3-litre V8. One of the fastest and most
desirable cars of its day, the V8 Vantage would ultimately spawn Volante and Zagato versions
before it ceased production.

By now firmly established as the quintessential British supercar, the next Vantage was a
magnificently brutal evolution of the V8-engined Virage Coupe. With uprated brakes and
suspension and a pair of superchargers attached to the hand-built V8, this new Vantage was a
550bhp monster. Later developments saw power rise to 600bhp, with the final V600 Le Mans
models amongst the rarest and most desirable Vantage models of all and the last Vantage model
to be built at Newport Pagnell.

The DB7 Vantage of 2000 was a landmark car, as it introduced Aston Martin’s new 6.0-litre V12. A
huge step up from the six-cylinder DB7, the Vantage was a true Ferrari rival. Available with manual
and automatic transmission, and in Coupe or Volante body styles.

With the introduction of the all-new 2005 V8 Vantage, Aston Martin was to experience
unprecedented levels of kudos and sales success. Built around the company’s innovative VH
platform and using a strong, lightweight bonded aluminium chassis, this generation of Vantage
would continually evolve. First with a large capacity V8 engine, followed by the introduction of an
Automated Sequential Manual transmission. When a V12 Vantage was launched in 2009 it wowed
enthusiasts around the world. Since then special series models such as the track-biased Aston
Martin GT12 and GT8 models have continued to exploit a design with apparently limitless
potential.

Now, with the introduction of the new Vantage a fresh chapter of this legendary model is about to
begin.