All-new Aston Martin Vantage
The all-new Aston Martin Vantage is finally here, with the latest upgrades and tech to prove why it is one of Aston Martin's best selling cars of all time! Having teamed up with Mercedes-Benz, the new Vantage inherits the Mercedes infotainment system along with a superb Mercedes AMG engine.
The previous Aston Martin Vantage began its life in 2005 with a V8 engine and remained in production for 12 years until 2017. In 2009 a more powerful V12 Vantage was produced to run alongside the smaller-engined model, with final production ending in 2018.
The new Aston Martin Vantage has some competition, including the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, in the 2-seater Sports Coupe market. To tackle this, Aston has given the Vantage a huge overall from the ground up. It now sits on a modified version of the aluminium chassis used by the DB11. The new Vantage is around 8cm longer and wider than its predecessor, as well as being a fraction taller. The wheelbase itself is over 10cm longer, to help with interior space, but also to improve the weight distribution, and therefore, handling and stability of the Vantage.
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Engine, Power and Performance
Aston has fitted it with a new 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 from Mercedes AMG which can also be found in the DB11 and the Mercedes range. It's a highly impressive engine in terms of power output, noise and performance. It develops 503hp and 685Nm torque, which takes it from 0-62mph in just 3.6secs and onto a top speed of 195mph. The engine is mated with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission for smooth and responsive gear changes. You can also choose to change gears manually, using the sports paddles either side of the back of the steering wheel. The response from the gear changes is just as impressive as it is in full-automatic mode.
The engine growls and roars like an Aston Martin should, making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. If the noise produced by the dual exhaust pipe system isn't loud enough, Aston offers an optional quad-piped exhaust system, which will undoubtedly be loud enough to rattle your neighbours' windows.
The Vantage handles much better than the previous model. In part, thanks to the 50:50 weight distribution, achieved with the help of the longer wheelbase and front/mid-engine placement. It sits up to the front axle, just behind the front axle but in front of the driver. The Vantage gets adaptive dampers and rear electronic differential, which combined with the suspension set-up (double wishbones at the front and multi-link at the back) to make it stock to the road and glide effortlessly around corners at speed.
The standard brakes are excellent and bring the Vantage to a halt rapidly. For better stopping power, or if you are likely to use your Aston Martin on a track, then you can purchase the optional ceramic brakes. There are three driving modes, Sport, Sport+ and Track, which alter the responsiveness of the engine and gearbox. The same three modes also adjust the suspension set up, making it stiffer, and the cars traction and stability controls can be set to Track Mode, to increase the amount of slip and slide on the track. Both can be turned off entirely if you're brave enough!
Interior Features and Technology
The interior of the Aston Martin Vantage is, as you would expect, classy and elegant with just the right amount of sportiness. The leather sport seats are comfortable and can be adjusted electronically as standard, making it easier to find the best driving position. There is an option to have the seats both ventilated and heated. The heated seats are especially welcome in the winter months. The steering wheel is manually adjustable with the opportunity to upgrade to electronic adjustment.
Aston Martin gives you quite a few standard features with the Vantage. These include front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, and a new infotainment system, and as with the engine, this is from the Mercedes parts department. The infotainment system comprises of an 8-inch colour screen and rotary controller, featuring sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity DAB radio and smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay all standard features. The standard sound system is excellent with crisp, clear sounds, but if you are really into your tunes, there is an upgrade available to a more powerful, premium system. It's a much better system than the one found in the previous model and certainly makes the interior and dashboard look more sophisticated.
There is a good choice of interior trim options available to personalise the Vantage to your liking. While making it more unique, some come at a higher cost than others.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Vantage is very spacious inside for driver and passenger, so even big 6ft+ rugby players should find it roomy, with little problem getting in and out, due to the wide door openings. There are various storage cubbies, such as door pockets and a compartment under the armrest. They are not the largest storage cubbies, however they are comparable to other rivals in this class.
The boot is fairly big, coming in at a capacity of 350-litres, more than you get in an Audi R8 or Porsche 911 GTS. This means there is plenty of space for a couple of small suitcases or even some golf clubs. Aston Martin even has the option of a branded umbrella, attached to the inside of the boot, so you will never be caught out. They really do think of everything. It is at an additional cost, so is keeping dry worth the extra layout of funds?
The Aston Martin Vantage comes with a variety of safety features as standard, including emergency brake assist, multiple airbags, stability control and automatic seatbelt tightening. Some of the optional safety features available are; park assist, 360-degree camera and blind-spot monitoring. The Vantage has not yet been safety tested by Euro NCAP, but given the number of safety features and technology, there is no reason to think that it won't achieve a top score.
I have always dreamed of owning an Aston Martin, ever since I was a young boy watching James Bond films. They always look so stylish and classy. Very different from the traditional supercar poster, giving them even more appeal. The new Aston Martin Vantage is gorgeous from every angle and with the improved interior, it's a great all-round option, for a two-seat sports coupe.