Aston Martin has announced the introduction of the new Vantage. 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.
On the inside, the Vantage features a dynamic and focused sports car cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position are aimed to create an immersive driving experience, and is claimed to contribute to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. The interior also offers generous stowage space, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas.
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 heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s new alloy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine tuned to develop 510PS of power at 6000 rpm and 685 Nm of torque from 2000-5000 rpm. With a dry weight of 1530kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems give the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack.
The engine comes mated to a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The new Vantage is Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph. The new Vantage also employs a suite of integrated electronic systems which include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The speed-dependent electric power steering has 2.4 turns lock-to-lock.
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.
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. Highlights of the chassis include a solidly mounted rear subframe, 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.
The new 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.
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.