Is there anything we can fault the new Aston Martin Vantage for? Well, unless you’re fanatically in love with another car brand (like, say, Ferrari or Lamborghini), or you have unrealistic expectations, the answer is probably no.
And you can understand that just by looking at it. The words ‘drop-dead gorgeous’ are probably an understatement when talking about its curvaceous bodywork, which also happens to offer much improved aerodynamics compared to its predecessor.
The driver-focused interior features everything expected from a modern sports car. It has sports seats, some colorful accents, carbon fiber trim and a modern infotainment system, among others. Unlike the DB11, it doesn’t try to pose as a grand tourer, so it’s strictly a two-seater, albeit a few storage spaces to put some of your accesssories.
For a model tipping the scales at roughly 1,600 kg (3,527 lbs), the new Vantage is very agile. The AMG-sourced 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 produces 510 PS (503 hp / 375 kW) and 685 Nm (505 lb-ft) of torque. It’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF and allows for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration of 3.6 seconds and a 314 km/h (195 mph) top speed.
On the go, it’s as exciting as one would expect it to be. AutoTopNL took it out on the Autobahn for a dizzying experience, hitting 293 km/h (183 mph) at one point. The car was described as being very, very exciting, the only niggle being the windshield wipers developing a mind of their own close to the top speed. We guess they’ll fix it, but even so we could live with that, as the baby Aston has already won us over.
If you take a small break to watch the following video, we bet it will have the same effect on you: start calculating how you can get one, or daydreaming (unless a long-lost rich uncle remembers us in his will, we fall in the second category).