New Aston Martin Vantage Combines Supermodel Looks With AMG Power

Aston Martin Vantage V8

Replacing a car like the previous-gen Vantage is an incredibly difficult task since that model was universally praised for its drop-dead gorgeous looks but Aston Martin has made it look easy with the breathtaking new Vantage.

Everything is new on Aston Martin’s latest sportscar, from the chassis to the powertrain and from the onboard technology to the clever aero agenda.

Power comes as expected from the AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that here makes 503hp (510PS) and 505lb-ft (685Nm) of torque. Paired to it is an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, with Aston Martin hinting at a manual option later on.

Aston Martin says they’ve mounted the engine as low and as far back as possible to ensure optimal center-of-gravity and that perfect 50-50 weight distribution. Dry weight is an impressive 1,530kg (3,373lbs). 0-60mph comes in 3.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.6) while top speed is 195mph (313km/h).

The chassis is an evolution of the DB11’s aluminum structure, with Aston Martin claiming that 70 percent of it is new for the Vantage. The rear subframe is now solidly mounted to make the driver feel more connected while the suspension employs double wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear. The latest generation of active dampers are also present, offering three modes: Sport, Sport Plus and Track.

The new Aston Martin Vantage is also the company’s first model to use an electronic rear differential (E-Diff). Linked to the vehicle’s electronic stability control system, the new differential adapts its characteristics much more cleverly than a conventional LSD, making the car feel more composed, both on a straight line and while cornering.

“Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation,” said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin boss. “I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created: a new Vantage that’s more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package. A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for.”

Aerodynamics was also a key point to the design of the new Vantage; Aston Martin was able to employ all the latest tricks without littering the car’s curvy bodywork. The front splitter is designed to direct airflow underneath the car, with the floor featuring special channels to continue guiding it into the right places and of course make sure that the airflow into the rear diffuser is clean and uninterrupted. Even the new side gills are designed to bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches while the rear deck lid produces “a significant level of downforce”.

Aston Martin has opened the order books for the all-new Vantage today; prices start from £120,900 in the UK, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the US. The first cars are expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2018.


  • wait a minute

    What’s not to like.
    Only minor point there are some similarities with the F-type.

    • fgclolz

      I think it would’ve been better if the CF part was the hood. Looks more like they’re gunning for Porsche than Jaguar, lol.

    • Bo Hanan

      Overall nice car but it seems “unfinished.” It’s like “where’s the grille?”
      And don’t even get me started on the ugly yellowish fins on the ugly yellowish car.

      • lagunas3ca

        They’re called diffusers.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Like the car and would love to own, but…. wouldn’t that fine mesh grille soon fill up with leaves and debris?
    And sorry, the interior does not have the elegance of the DB9 or even the DB11.

  • donald seymour

    NO. They couldn’t come up with a better grille pattern? I mean that mesh grille looks like a cheap after market grille.

    • fabri99

      I don’t despise it, it gives it a “racey” vibe. I’ll agree that it is not elegant, though. Perhaps I would have kept something like that for a future hardcore version, GT8, GT12 or whatever.

  • salamOOn

    im sorry but that whole front looks like a “home garage tuning project”….

  • I like it!..also reminds me of the Mazda MX5 somehow.. not sure about the interior..

  • DS

    the only thing i dont like about this car is the front end. Everything else looks great!

  • Kaisuke971

    I like it, they came out with something very different and bold. Just wish they could use their own V8

  • Infinite1

    I like it, I admit that I’ll have to let the front air dam grow on me. It sticking out like that just looks weird to me

  • erly5

    Please tell me that grille is not the finished article!


    db10 looks amg gt engine

  • Vassilis

    Good looking car. Not a stunner like the previous Vantage but still good looking. Love the rear end, hate the green colour.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      But you know, the strength of the previous Vantage is that as old as that design is, it still turns heads a decade later.
      I can imagine this will turn heads in 2028.

      • fgclolz

        Not sure about turning heads, you should see one of Doug DeMuro’s segments on it – hardly anyone noticed it at gas stations and on the street. I’m sure car enthusiasts will appreciate it, but a lot more people came up to him when he had his 360.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          I will watch that, but then again, Doug is not a reliable source of any information, so I dunno if I can trust anything he says.

          • fgclolz

            Maybe if Ford didn’t slap the front end Aston look on their cars they’d look more exotic. My neighbor has a Fusion and to the untrained eye it looks like a Rapide lol.

    • SteersUright

      You like what they’ve done with the grille?

      • Vassilis

        I don’t love it but I don’t mind it either.

  • roy

    The car looks amazing inside out but the front is a tab bit generic perhaps ?

  • this grille needs to look better! At least it’s better looking than the DB10

  • That Ross Chap

    The headlights are horrendous, that front grill looks unfinished, the bonnet and front detailing is absurdly bland and the entire assembly of the rear is warped and hideous. Also, that yellow is a horrendous colour.
    The profile is great, the rear lights look fantastic and even the idea of the big simple single front grill is a bold and interesting choice but overall it looks like a cheap kit car or prototype rather than an Aston Martin.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Grills always look unfinished without meat on them.

    • Dustin

      Agreed all around. It’s lost its elegance. Besides the trademark Aston grille – not particularly well done here – this is more what I’d expect of the coming Toyota Supra.

      The F-Type is a more elegant choice now.

    • Xandao

      100% with you

  • Miknik

    IMO absoult stunning on the outside, inside the center tunnel is a bit obviously Mercedes AMG, and the rest is a bit “Not Aston classy enough” visually (a bit busy and derivative sports coupe). It’s not enough to not love this, just not as great as the exterior.

    • Nordschleife

      I can agree with you but I can also respect that Aston doesn’t have mad money so they have to take what they can. At least it’s not the same interior as the DB11 because then it would be nothing but complaints about that.

  • Bash

    Brilliant… I just don’t like that yellow color.

  • fabri99

    It’s a nice work, but for me there are some major issues with it. First of all, what’s with the interiors? I’d be happy to find that in a hot hatchback, but not in a car that costs $150k, especially not in an Aston Martin. As for the exterior design, I have to say that I expected something more clean and sharp. I don’t despise it and the Vulcan styling cues are very nice, but just like the DB11 it doesn’t look extraordinarily beautiful and almost ethereal, while the previous Vantage and DB9 did. While those were possibly the best looking cars on the market, these new models are a bit “meh”, not ugly, just not amazing. I’m not very fond of Aston’s new design direction, it seems like they are a little disoriented. Having said that, it still is a pretty car (one of the best looking in its class, despite the anonymous and generic front-end) and performance-wise it seems alright. It’s just that I expect more from a brand that has always been a synonym with elegance and style.

  • lagunas3ca

    Not one view from the driver’s seat huh?

    • Matt

      Very uncommon to have a ‘drivers seat’ view in initial press photos.

      • lagunas3ca

        I would just like to see how ugly the instrument cluster is. Is that too much to ask?

  • ErnieB

    Awe yeah!! That interior is hot too!!

  • Craig

    Very nice indeed. Very classy.

  • Nordschleife

    Job well done Aston. Job well done. The Vantage in silver is sublime, nice rims, different interior, rear end sexy, profile gorgeous. You may not win everyone over but you sure hell won me. Bravo

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      And me!

      • antbee

        And me!

  • samurai

    At first glance I thought it’s the new Supra or some kind of Miata. :/

  • Honda NSX-R

    Not sure how I feel about the front, but everything else looks great.

  • Guest

    Rear is so sad, because he already see new design.

  • JR Glide

    So Ford gave this hideous grille to Aston Martin… and used the original Aston Martin grille on the Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta & Mustang… and Aston Martin had to just accept. No use going against someone who has absolutely no creativity of their own but has all the money…

  • raikkonen

    I love it.

    Finally….an all new Aston interior that doesn’t look like a kit-car.

  • anonymous

    If the grille uses horizontal slats instead of mesh it’d be 9/10 from me. As it is now, it’s 8/10. More than good enough for me.

    The Quantum Silver one looks stunning though.

  • Hi I am Zako

    I don’t know, but I feel like its shape reminds me of the camouflage supra.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Obviously the yellow with black wheels was a mistake but wow, whatta shape! Aston does it again!

  • exeptor

    Nice car, but I see a big opportunity for more elegant (!!!) aftermarket grilles. Which is kinda weird for Aston as I thought of them as one of the last guardians of the car elegance. I guess I’m just getting old :).

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I hope there’s an option for the classic A/M lines on the grille. I can’t complain that much about it overall, though. I’d get one.

    But absolutely NOT in that UGLY-ASS yellow color.

  • Toss
    • Tumbi Mtika

      Nope. Just you so far.

  • An Existing Person

    This thing is absolutely stunning, and it being paired with Mercedes tech makes it even better.

  • nastinupe

    Interior is beautiful and so is the exterior, but that mesh grill is hideous. I’d get the LC500 over this any day of the week.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      Come on, LC is really cool but you would not go for Lexus over Aston.

      • nastinupe

        You have to consider that the LC is half the price as well. I’m not sure if the AM’s engine is worth the additional $100,000. But on looks alone the LC wins hands down.

        • Belthronding Tinuviel

          Actually it is Mercedes AMG V8,not AM,
          And my answer is No,it is not worth 100,000 usd.
          But at the end of the day Aston is really perfect end product to me.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Upon reflection, the grille texture could be vastly improved.

  • Shobin Drogan

    I like the way it looks. But I don’t like the way they slapped the sensors in the grill makes it look very ugly breaks the elegant look of the car.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Do the sensors in the grill tell you when it’s time to flip the burgers?

  • fgclolz

    Just as I expected, really beautiful outside and totally based on the leaked blueprints. I have to agree with some of the comments regarding the interior: it is just way too purposeful. It’s trying too much to be a Porsche 911R. I mean, couldn’t they save that for a specialized, lightweight version? Even the 911 GT3 has better-looking door handles. And what happened to the manual?

    I’m a bit leaning towards its older brother right now, but we’ll see what the future versions hold.

  • MIL1234

    the big stiching looks cheap

  • C172fccc
    • fgclolz

      Henrik Fisker did design the outgoing Vantage. XD

    • Ruel Lewis



    Great looks and now what’s left to know is how fast it’s going to be compared to an AMG GT S. Or differently said, is Matt Becker going to show the same magic as Markus Hofbauer at AMG.

  • SteersUright

    Whoa!! They’re showing the all new Supra already?!?!

  • SteersUright

    These folk are bastardizing Aston. They were the pinnacle of elegant yet achingly beautiful design that was both muscular and restrained like a body-builder in a suit. The grille, one so simple and beautiful it was impossible for other car makers not to copy, now looks like a caricature of a real Aston. The rear diffusor is part ostentatious Lambo, part Russian homemade “supercar”. The headlights are out of proportion and too small making the front look a bit dim-witted. At least the rest of the car, thankfully, has very good proportions. This looks like a tuner special with the real Vantage hiding somewhere underneath.

    Separately, the interior is entirely unbecoming of this sort of gentleman’s racer that Aston is/was. The silver plastic around the center AC vents, the Civic Type R red accenting, and the teeny totally inelegant infotainment screen is almost something you’ll be apologizing for immediately when showing your new $150k toy to friends. Didn’t this team have a single glance inside the new Panamera, AMG GT, Ford GT, any Audi, etc. to see what segment leaders were doing? It looks like they benchmarked a Focus RS in there.

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    Looks like a Mazda


  • Sinisa Janko

    How about having AMG’s E63s version of the motor?

  • Denzel

    I don’t see all the hate on this design. They made it more aggressive than the last one. This is basically a db10 with a massive update which I’m fine with. The mesh grill I understand they could have chosen a different option. I’ll take one knowing Aston can make good sports cars and this will definitely compete with the competition.

  • fgclolz

    Configurator is up, tons of options!

  • StrangerGP

    Sorry but this is just ugly, I didn’t like the DB11 and I don’t like this even more. Rip current beautiful Vantage.

  • Zandit75

    There’s a lot to like, but also a lot to dislike. Overall, I like the front, but agree with most others here, that the mesh needs to be changed.
    The rear I think is the worst offender here, especially in that yellow colour. The body coloured diffuser looks atrocious, and the black section goes too high . Looks out or proportion.
    The interior? I’m going to go against the grain here, I can’t fault it, absolutely gorgeous!

  • jsz00

    Wow… the interior is a mess. It looks like something Kia would do 10 years ago except that it has nicer materials.

  • M Mark Stippich

    Gorgeous Car, a thoroughly modern Aston Martin while maintaining heritage. I like how the nameplates are starting to show more individual character visually. I suppose the neon green was a modern choice, but for me the silver works much better. Me, I’ll take mine in a classic Burgundy with butter cream leather. My birthday is this week Aston, one would make a great promotional birthday gift.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      Happy bday and wish you brandnew Aston Martin Vantage!

  • OdysseyTag

    What’s lacking are those two characteristic circular foglamps on the front-end to bring it together.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    Very welldone Aston Martin!
    İt looks and feels promisingly good.
    İ was expecting something more exciting than DB11 and now my wish came true.
    İt is a perfect British GT for any day of the week.

  • eb110americana

    With the disappointing DB11, I was bracing myself for the Vantage. Congratulations Aston Martin, you’ve managed to underwhelm even my lowest expectations. The proportions are good–that’s not a compliment. You had excellent bones to work with and you still made something that looks like a Scion kit car. The rear end looks okay. The nose looks like they swiped the terrible Supra concept headlights (“Were those the worst you could find? Yes? Okay, use those!”), the gaping catfish maw grille off their racecars, and a fiberglass hood out of a JC Whitney catalog. Seriously, ugly Mustang ricers from the 1990s called, and they want their hood back.

  • alexxx

    This is really beautiful, inside out….simple and elegant…

  • ugly front

  • MarketAndChurch

    It looks sexy in gray. It’s just not graceful though… which the current DB11 foreshadowed as Aston’s new, “Sporty” design direction… so we all knew this was coming, but still.

    Having said that, it looks like a true 911 competitor, and I can’t wait for the reviews.

  • Ty

    Damn!!!! That thing is GORGEOUS!!!

  • TheBelltower

    Dafuq is this? The last Vantage was so sexy. I’ve been looking at buying one for years, and always talk myself out of it. But this, this isn’t sexy at all. The entire thing is overwrought.

  • ErnieB

    It’s essentially the 007 spectre sports car with a bit of flare..

  • Marshall Boyce
  • BP

    I have problems with front!!!! Looks like somethings where added from hardware store

  • TheHake

    It has traded it’s classic beauty for sexiness. But I’m not complaining!

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    the vantage was more elegant but this is sexy! the interior seems more up class & rich then the db 11

  • PB

    Will the real grille be fitted as an after-market item?

  • adrian

    Odd looking car.

  • antbee

    This car is gut-wrenchingly stunning! I am in absolute awe over it. I wonder if the twin-turbo V8 was tuned for only 500HP, because there’s going to be the Vantage V12?

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