Press - January 2018

What’s changed with the new Aston Martin Vantage?

New Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin have been the quieter sports car brand in recent years, with only a few new mainstream models being released. While some may think they have been hiding behind old tyres in their workshop, worrying about the effects of Brexit, they have actually been working on their latest British supercar – the new Aston Martin Vantage.

After many years, the outgoing Aston Martin Vantage still turns heads. That being said, stack it up against it’s latest rivals and it does start to look like that high school teacher you’ve not seen for 10 years – a little bit old. So what’s new?

As you can see from the images, the new Vantage is wildly attractive and features many aerodynamic enhancements to keep it glued to the road. The chassis is a bonded aluminium structure which was first seen on the DB11. The difference here is that 70 percent of the components used are new and are tailored to the Vantage’s dynamics. Terms like “solid mounted rear subframe” have been thrown around but in short, Aston aimed for balance, strength, rigidity and weight efficiency. Great.

The previous V8 Vantage proved to be a recipe worth keeping and that recipe has been passed down to the latest generation with an all-new 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Positioned far back in the engine bay for a better low centre of gravity, the V8 produces 380 kW ( 502bhp) and 685 Nm. This power output and the Vantage’s dry weight of 1530 kg results in a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds. This is a huge difference compared to the outgoing car, Aston Martin however have never seemed to be about obtaining the fastest times. Rather they focus on pure driving experience and noise – we all love noise.

Another new addition is the Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff) featured on the Vantage. While this may not be of interest to non petrolheads, this E-Diff is linked to the vehicles ESP, and can switch from fully to opened to locked very quickly (milliseconds). Aston say this “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 Aston has a good level of standard equipment with features you would also find standard on many modern cars, such as keyless start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system, parking distance display, park assist and front and rear parking sensors. What you won’t find in some modern cars is the level of luxury and craftsmanship the new Vantage provides, luxurious Alcantara® and leather upholstery is copious and a generous amount of personalisation is offered. The DB11 is a fantastic place to sit and we can’t image the new Vantage would be any different.

International deliveries of the new Aston Martin Vantage are scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2018, so If you’re interested you should not have to wait much longer we imagine. Expect a price tag of over R2 Million. Register your interest here


Also published on Medium.