Price from: £120,900 On sale: Summer 2018
Just like Dr. Who, Aston Martin knows a little about regeneration. You don't get to be a company that's 104 years old without learning how to keep your cars at the cutting edge. And so the regeneration of Aston's model line-up which began with the storming DB11 last year now continues with the Vantage.
Just like Ferrari's Portofino revealed earlier this year, the Vantage is, technically, the entry-level Aston Martin, but with a price tag well over six figures such labels are somewhat meaningless here. The Vantage has been designed to be the purest Aston Martin sports car you can buy, with a greater emphasis on driving experience.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage engines
The sole engine on offer is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which you'll find in the DB11. Created by Mercedes-Benz, the engine produces 503bhp and 505lb ft of torque – meaning the Vantage ultimately has more pull than the DB11. Its performance figures are similarly impressive: the 0-62mph sprint takes just 3.7 seconds, and the car will keep accelerating on to a top speed of 195mph. That means the Vantage will leave benchmark rivals including the Porsche 911 GTS and Jaguar F-Type V8 for dust in a straight line. You'll be spending a fair amount of time at the petrol station, though – official fuel economy is rated at just 26.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 245g/km. As is the usual formula in modern sports cars, power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A manual option will be introduced next year.
There's no V12-engined version of the Vantage yet, but such is Aston Martin's history with the V12 engine that one is sure to follow. There won't be a hybrid version of the Vantage, either, at least until the next-generation car arrives. By that time, around 2025, Aston plans to sell an electrified version of every car it makes.
Drivers can choose from three driving modes (Sport, Sport Plus and Track) which alter the car's dampers to give a more engaging experience. The car sits on 20in alloy wheels with ventilated brake discs at the front and rear. Drivers seeking even greater stopping power can choose carbon ceramic discs from the options list.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage interior
This Vantage should be slightly more practical than the current car, with a larger 350-litre boot and more interior space meaning you should be able to take a couple of weekend bags to the Riviera without any trouble.
A new 8.0in infotainment screen comes as standard, and incorporates smartphone mirroring as well as Bluetooth connectivity and sat-nav. Other standard equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start and a rear-view camera.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage price
Prices for the new Vantage start from £120,900, making it significantly more expensive than both the 911 GTS and Jaguar’s range-topping F-Type SVR. That won’t likely hamper Aston Martin, though, as enthusiasts are expected to snap up the new car.
Expect that price to grow significantly, too, as most owners are expected to personalise their cars and plunder the extensive options list, which includes sports seats, coloured floor mats and interior trim and different paint treatments for the bodywork.
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