The New Aston Martin Vantage Lives Up To The Hype

2019 Aston Martin Vantage Drift

To say that Aston Martin has a lot riding on the Vantage is a bit of an understatement. Developing a car to fill the shoes of the previous-gen sports car, which was one of the prettiest and most characterful vehicles ever made, was always going to be a difficult task. Despite the mountainous venture that Aston had on its hands, it looks like the British automaker actually managed to pull it off.

Carfection got to sample the new Vantage on the road and track recently and, surprisingly, came away bewildered at how good the sports car really is. I say surprisingly here, because when Aston first unveiled the car towards the end of last year, there were a couple of things that caused enthusiasts to do a double take.

The first thing is the price. The car, at least in the United States, starts at about $150,000. That’s a fair amount more than what the previous generation of the Vantage with a V8 cost, which was around $135,000. Then, there was the issue with the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 from AMG that powers the car.

The issue isn’t with its performance, as the motor generates 503 hp (375 kW) and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque. It also wasn’t about sound, as the engine makes all of the right cracks and pops. It’s more of a thing of principle – like Aston should’ve taken the time and money to develop and build its own engine.

Lastly, there was an issue about its looks. Some don’t like it, while others love it. Personally, I’m in the camp that loves it. No, it’s not as elegant as the previous generation, but it’s still a looker.

As Henry Catchpole outlines in the video below, we didn’t have to worry about a thing because Aston nailed it. The engine fits the character of the vehicle perfectly, the car has plenty of grip for the track or a windy road, and the balance is on point.

The Vantage is a car that’s surprisingly good to drive, which, if you’re a fan of the way it looks, makes it the complete package. Well done Aston.

  • Belthronding

    congrats!!
    flourescent yellow on white is absolutely the worst duo that i have ever seen.
    btw,whose idea was this?

  • haudit

    I’m glad Aston Martin chose not to waste time and money developing their own bespoke engine, as doing so would have diverted their limited resources away from other, more essential elements of the car, like the chassis engineering. You could also make the argument that no Aston manufactured in the past 25 years has had a truly bespoke engine, so why should they bother with one now?

    The DB7’s straight-six was derived from Jaguar’s AJ6 engine, the V8 Vantage used an enlarged version of Jaguar’s AJ-V8, and the V12 used in everything from the DB7 through the Vanquish and the DB9/Virage/DBS/Rapide is essentially two of Ford’s Duratec 3.0-litre V6’s bolted together.

    • Nordschleife

      Thank you Haudit. I complete agree and my comment echo yours.

  • Nordschleife

    This is why I support automakers doing what they want to do. You can’t win. When they used Ford parts it was an issue, now they use Mercedes parts and its an issue. People want all bespoke stuff but if that would have made the new Vantage more expensive or taken longer to come to market then people would complain about the costs and how the old one was getting even longer in the tooth. It seems like few people really know what goes into a car. Hell Aston is lucky it’s still around. If it wasn’t for Ford or Mercedes it could have went the way of Austin Healey and Duesenberg.

  • b_digital

    The headlights make it look like a Miata smh

    • eb110americana

      The headlights look like they were parts-surplus off an old Chrysler Cirrus. The Vantage wishes it looked as good as a Miata.

  • Palmer-led Aston Martin is really on the top, we got excellent cars in shape of DB11 and Vantage, next we will have Vanquish, DBX and 2 Lagondas. Not to mention special project like Valkyrie and Zagato Aston. What an incredible time for Aston.

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