Someone Fixed The Aston Martin Vantage’s Huge Grille “Problem”

Unlike its predecessor, which was a flawless exercise in automotive design, the latest Aston Martin Vantage features a rather controversial front end.

In particular, it has a huge gaping grille that might look OK on the Vantage GTE racer car but isn’t to everyone’s liking when it comes to the road-going version. While we don’t profess to know how many potential customers have expressed their dismay, a company actually went through the trouble of designing a new front end for the Vantage, anticipating demand for such a conversion.

Revenant Automotive says its styling package for the new Vantage “returns classical beauty to the controversially styled sports car”, tapping into the proud heritage of the brand.

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Revenant’s Aston Martin Vantage (left) alongside the stock car

The mod ditches the stock grille for a more traditional slatted metal grille in a slim opening that offers a clear family resemblance to older Astons. Revenant argues that the new grille stands more vertical than the original mesh, giving the car a more visually balanced face. Despite the changes, the front bumper retains the shark-nose shape, ensuring the design stays modern.

The aftermarket specialist also turned its attention to the rear of the Vantage, going for a more traditional approach there as well, raising the license plate aperture slightly and, thus, allowing for a more conventional, straight design of the lower bumper area.

Revenant’s Aston Martin Vantage (right) alongside the stock car

Arguably a less extreme and more elegant solution, Revenant’s interpretation makes sure that the functional part of the stock rear diffuser remains unchanged — even though the part now houses larger exhaust tips.

Αll these changes, including the subtly updated front splitter and rear diffuser, do not affect the aerodynamic efficiency of the Vantage. That said, if you owned the baby Aston, would you be tempted by this conversion or would you stay with the factory look?

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  • nik

    Pretty tastefullll I always thought the original had overstyled intakes and simple headlights to the point that it looked like a kit car.

  • Bo Hanan

    All of my gripes with the car are fixed here.

  • Tabs Luther

    now do the headlights!

  • donald seymour

    Tastefully done, but I like the original better.

  • Six_Tymes

    Now “fix” the headlight design and we’re good.

  • SafeBrowse ✔✔

    looks like a base model compared with the original vantage

  • Matt

    Loses the visual impact of the original and looks too much like a 1997 Vantage.

    • Gustavo Adriano

      Was what I thought, I’m already used to it, but the rear render is best IMO.

  • SteersUright

    The grille went from comically too big to too small. The new grille shape is classic Aston and excellent but, could’ve been bigger. Plus, the headlights are what really ruin it, they look too small and make the Vantage look slightly sickly. Had no issues with the original rear bumper but like the new version as well.

    • Todun Olusola

      If they just lift the upper most point of the grill a tiny bit, it looks a little too subtle here.

  • Big Black Duck

    i still don’t get why they designed the headlights with no personality or character…it looks like they took it out of a Mazda MX6 Mystere

  • THE GRILLE ISN’T THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THE DESIGN. DRAB HEADLIGHTS AND BULKY REAR ALSO.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Does look less like a catfish.

  • McFly

    I can’t decide whether it’s a good or a bad thing that an Aston Martin can be mistaken for a Mazda.

    • JqC

      Ii’s a fact. The best designs in cars these days are Aston, Mazda and Tesla. Though, that will be seen more in the Roadster 2.0 for Tesla. But the similarities in Aston and Mazda are due to this common aesthetic. I can’t argue with it. It’s beautiful.

  • DaruniaG

    They should’ve made it exactly like the DB10

  • Bash

    Impressive, hire that guy.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    To be Honest, I love the sharp and aggressive looks of this car so Although impressive, I don’t like the change

    • Agreed. Because this is based off an old car, it *looks* old – doesn’t work with pretty much any of the other pieces of bodywork.

  • Todun Olusola

    Looks less sporty, which kinda defeats the purpose of the Vantage but I kinda like it more. ?

  • Todun Olusola

    So the lights are fine. They were just in the wrong place. ?

  • Trevor Woodward

    The headlights are the real problem ,not the front and rear which I think are fantastic and appeal to the younger driver .

  • vanquishvantage

    …in person the Vantage looks amazing it just doesn’t photograph well. I don’t think making it look more generic is an improvement

    • JqC

      Beautifully said.

  • Vottek Mäxle
  • JqC

    Don’t agree with the design change. Makes it more conventional. And, a car is often much more impressive in person. So we should wait to that. If I have a problem with the Vantage, its the front headlights. I think perhaps that they are a little underwhelming. Maybe it would have been prudent to use the DB10s headlights. That’s about it, and that is minor. It’s gorgeous.

    • Nordschleife

      My exact sentiments. I am happy that a few people are showing the Vantage love in the comments.

  • Bob

    Wow, I like. I’d get this.

  • looks good. though the old one isn’t that bad and Aston’s just kinda wear the big grill better then others.

    looking at BMW, you know what you did.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    This is probably the FIRST time in living memory I’ve seen an internet/random dude do a better job than the original.

  • Jay

    It makes it look like Mazda Miata than Aston

  • Richard Taylor

    He did a fine job but he’s just fixed something wasn’t broken in the first place.

  • Nordschleife

    I know you a lot of you are going to say this is the best thing since sliced bread but I like the divisive design of the Vantage. Now I would prefer new headlights but I just don’t have a problem with the design of this vehicle as most do. The changes make it look more elegant indeed, but it also looks less distinctive in my opinion.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I’m with you Nordy. Considering how long the previous Vantage stayed looking ‘good’, heck it still looks good. This current design is supposed to do the same thing: it will look good thirteen years from now, and be ‘visually relevant’ in the automotive landscape at that time.

  • Puddingpopper

    Plenty of opportunity left to fix the headlights and taillights

  • Darnell Robeson

    No i think it should’ve been left alone. I like the stock car way better. This company made it look 10 years older

  • it’s not fixed… it’s classic. The DB range is here for that.

  • wtvlol

    AM, hire this guy.

  • symanski

    Much improved, but the Vantage needs a redesign front to back. Engineering is fine, just the design. Still looked that it’s been in a front and rear shunt. And the interior is a mess.

    I try to think of the good parts to the design. Erm…

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