Aston Martin Vantage Has Few Letdowns, Looks Drop-Dead Gorgeous

Aston Martins have always been some of the most beautiful cars in the market, and the 2019 Vantage is no exception. In fact, it wouldn’t be a hyperbole to call it simply gorgeous.

Built on a shortened platform of the DB11, with lots of modifications and a different suspension, the baby Aston has a Mercedes-AMG-sourced engine up front coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission mounted at the rear for a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

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The 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 may come from Germany, but it features the British automaker’s own software tune. The result is 503 HP (510 PS / 375 kW) and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque, for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) of 3.6 seconds and a maximum speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).

The driver-focused cockpit doesn’t cut back on luxury, so users will still be surrounded by leather and other fine materials, including carbon fiber. Mind you, not everything is peachy, as there’s a multitude of buttons on the center console and an infotainment system that’s starting to show its age. Unless you’re a die-hard Lamborghini, Ferrari or Porsche fan, though, you’ll live with these without batting an eye.

The 2019 Vantage provides a very lively experience, with accurate steering and great power delivery across the rev meter. At almost AUD $300,000 (USD $203,200) in Australia, where the following review took place, it’s a car that very few will ever be able to afford, but if you can, you shouldn’t think twice. After all, no 911 looks this good, if you ask us.

 

  • alex.remsen

    should have kept the headlights from the db10 in spectre. other than that it is the type of car to keep you happy for a lifetime

  • Puddingpopper

    Proportions are impeccable, what’s going on within, not so much

  • salamOOn

    “….way too many buttons….”

    OMFG…. im really happy for every button inside any car.

  • TheBelltower

    I’ll take the previous generation Vantage.

    • Dennis James

      I can’t understand how Aston Martin could go from downright gorgeous designs to controversial, even ugly ones.

  • Matt

    Aston is far more exclusive than Porsche. That counts for a lot in this price bracket. Not sure why you are hating on this so much when it’s such a good car?

    • StrangerGP

      Just because a brand is “more exclusive” it doesn’t automatically justify the price tag. Especially if you’re getting worse build quality and questionable reliability compared to other cars from the same price point. Sure if you have tons of money you can add another cool looking toy to your garage, but otherwise buying something like a Porsche is the smartest idea.

      • Matt

        Actually in the automotive world exclusivity pretty much guarantees a higher price tag, and enough buyers willing to pay a premium to not have a dime-a-dozen Porsche. I love Porsche but Aston Martins have always appealed to a certain type of customer who appreciates their more GT-like nature and elegant character. They are also not overtly ‘new money’ as Porsche’s tend to be.

        There are cars twice the price of the Aston with probably ‘worse’ build quality, that being low volume super cars without all the QC systems of large manufacturers – and yet people still buy them.

      • CarCzarDesigner

        Whereas it is true a Porsche is a better buy because it is less expensive and offers precise engineering & performance, this isn’t far off and is pretty good. There are lots of Porsche 911’s driving around, in base form to the more expensive models. This is more of a rarity, which is why it is an exotic. And with an exotic, the car may have it’s faults, require a lot more fuss and be expensive. But this will turn heas if that is what you want. The Porsche, not so much. It’s the driving experience & prestige that matters, not the fact that a 911 GT3 can cross the finish line a full second faster.

  • Nordschleife

    I completely STAN for the current Vantage but with that being said I’ve seen some questionable color combinations/liveries that truly diminish its good looks. It can go from good looking to gauche with the wrong wheels/color combination.

    • Mike anonymous

      I agree. Although I think a great design could work well with a number of variations and customizations. It is a beautiful vehicle without a doubt, but it missing an aspect that (at least when it comes to the variations of a specific vehicle) previous Astons Had (see my other post for a bit more on that).

  • Galaxium

    I love Aston Martin. But for some reason, I don’t think I could ever like this design. The front end looks like the old Mitsu Eclipse.

  • So this is what a $300,000 Mazda Miata looks like.

  • StrangerGP

    No it doesn’t.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    As i said many times, the front makes it look like an unfinished project. Besides, as many noticed, the resemblance with Mazda models, somewhat makes for a very cheap experience.

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