Jay Leno Samples The New Aston Martin Vantage, Emerges A Fan

The new Vantage might have proven slightly controversial in terms of design, but no one can argue that it’s not a genuinely head-turning sports car.

Aston Martin’s latest entry-point model is the first to feature a powertrain from AMG, namely the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that’s paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and churns out 503hp (510PS) and 505lb-ft (685Nm) of torque.

The British manufacturer claims a 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.6) and a top speed of 195 mph (313 km/h). The new Vantage is built on a new aluminum chassis, helping the small Aston to tip the scales at 3,373 lbs (1,530 kg) dry.

In order to make sure that the driver of the new Vantage feels more connected to the driving experience, Aston Martin has mounted the rear subframe solidly to the chassis for better feedback, while the suspension employs adjustable dampers. The latter come with ‘Sport’ mode as the default – there’s no ‘Comfort’ or ‘Normal’ mode here.

Combining a genuine fun-to-drive character with the luxury and visual presence of an Aston Martin is and always will be an attractive proposition, but the new Vantage manages to do so with a starting price of $150k. We don’t know about you, but to these eyes, the new baby Aston look more expensive and that’s a big bonus for prospective customers.

Even so, it’s way out of our reach – and, unless we win the lottery, will remain so. Jay Leno, however, isn’t concerned with that kind of first-world problems, and he shares his thoughts on the new Vantage on the video that follows.

 

  • Bo Hanan

    Give the Vantage a DBS front end.

  • Astonman

    This car is growing on me.

  • Nordschleife
    • KenjiK

      From that picture, it looks awful…

      • Nordschleife

        I am just happy to see it testing. To be shown in sometime in 2019 it’s nice to see a actual vehicle.

  • Callanish

    Love the inside. The outside hasn’t fully grown on me yet. Still prefer the DBS

  • donald seymour

    I absolutely love this car.

    • Bash

      +1, minus this color.

      • assassingtr

        The color is great!? wut

        • Bash

          Not to my taste, I only like AM’s in all shades of grey.

  • StrangerGP

    That’s an expensive Miata.

  • assassingtr

    I feel like Jay was selling the car more than her. Lol

  • Jim Jones ©

    Aston Martin need a new President for their US operations they’re supposed to be a prestige luxury brand and she seems, well, more Ford like.

Hyundai Is Bringing A Mysterious Global Debut To Los Angeles

The mystery model will be shown alongside a plug-in hybrid crossover concept and the facelifted Ioniq.

2020 Jetta VS7 Is A Seat Tarraco In Disguise For China

The 2020 Jetta VS7 comes exclusively with a 1.4-liter with a six-speed manual or auto.

Kia Teases What Looks To Be The Seltos For The U.S.

The Kia Seltos is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines depending on the market.

2020 Macan Turbo And Taycan 4S Headline Porsche’s LA Auto Show Lineup

The entry-level Porsche Taycan costs $103,800.

Guess Who’s Excited About The Ford Mustang Mach-E? Yep, That Would Be Elon Musk

Musk hopes the Ford Mustang Mach-E will push other automakers to go electric.

UAW Members Narrowly Approve Ford Contract That Includes Plant Closure

Ford’s contract with the UAW calls for a new product to be built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant that makes the Mustang.

Ferrari GTC4 Grand Lusso Is The Four-Door Prancing Horse You Never Knew You Wanted

The Ferrari GTC4 Grand Lusso has a sleek design with sharp angles and would make for a practical super saloon.

BMW’s i4 Has More Power Than The M3 At 523 HP, Can Charge Up To 80% In 35 Minutes

The BMW i4 will have an 80 kWh battery which will enable the model to travel 373 miles on a single charge.

Hyundai Wants In On Super Bowl LIV, Will Run 60-Sec Spot

Hyundai’s new 60-second Super Bowl LIV commercial will run in the second quarter of the game.

California Government Is Done With Gas Cars, Will Mostly Buy Green Vehicles From Now On

California has fueled the feud between it and President Trump over vehicles’ emissions.