Introducing the Aston Martin Vantage
In 2005, Aston Martin introduced the Vantage. In essence, this was their entry point into the brand that boasted the company's new design language without straying away from the layout that Aston Martin are renowned for: low-slung coupé, big engine upfront, power sent to the rear wheels.
Despite being labelled the "baby Aston", it sold remarkably well because Vantage offered the handling prowess and breathtaking levels of performance that its bigger siblings had been acclaimed for.
The latest generation Vantage has captured the essence of what made the original so utterly brilliant. However, it has brought a fresh appearance and completely new underpinnings with it. The result is nothing short of extraordinary. In short, this is Aston Martin at their best.
Design and Personalisation
Upon first glance, styling cues from the first-generation Vantage DNA, yet features such as the clamshell bonnet are wonderfully similar to the Aston Martin DB11; not that anyone will be complaining. It is worth noting that a roadster is available for those who want to experience top-down thrills.
The latest Vantage is available with a myriad of colour options and accessories, so it ultimately boils down to your personality and taste. A further range of exclusive colours are available through the brand's personalisation service, Q by Aston Martin. Combined with the various available carbon fibre trims, mirror caps, badge colours, and bespoke alloy wheel designs, the Vantage can be truly tailored to you.
Avid fans of the previous model will not be disappointed by the silhouette of the latest Vantage. Specific attention is drawn to the rear of the car, which is dominated by a fully-functioning diffuser, and a pair of prominent exhaust tips.
Interior and Technology
Vantage features three enticing driving modes: Sport, Sport Plus and Track. Each setting changes characteristics such as the exhaust note, steering feel, and throttle response.
An innovative electronic differential has been designed to enhance the Vantage's grip on track, but can also adjust to regular road driving accordingly for a smooth experience. In addition, Aston Martin have included adjustable dampers and torque vectoring for greater stability and enhanced agility when pressing on.
Typical of Aston Martin, the interior is wonderfully luxurious, with body hugging sports seats and materials wrapped in the finest leather and Alcantara®. The cabin has taken inspiration from a fighter jet, with buttons arranged in a commanding style within the centre console. An 8-inch LCD screen completes the timeless layout, while lashings of colour matching the car's exterior body colour can be included inside.
Engines and Performance
The latest generation Vantage has taken a fresh approach to performance and efficiency. You see, the original Vantage boasted a larger 4.3-litre naturally aspirated V8, whereas the current model recruits a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8.
As a result, the current Vantage produces a staggering 503 bhp, which is a significant 63 bhp increase over its predecessor (440 bhp). The power output is not the only headline figure, because Vantage can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and it will not stop accelerating until it hits a top speed of 195 mph.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a silky-smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox (a manual is available). The flappy paddles behind the steering wheel are readily available for those roads that command manual input from the driver. Vantage can return close to 27 mpg on a combined cycle; remarkable for a car with this level of performance.
Explore the Aston Martin Vantage
Calling the Vantage the entry-level Aston Martin has a degree of humour about it. After all, take into consideration the advanced engineering and meticulous attention to detail that can be seen throughout the Vantage, and it becomes clear this car is anything but entry-level.
If you wish to explore the Vantage for yourself, then please contact your nearest Stratstone Aston Martin retailer to arrange a test drive today.