"New Vantage has the most powerful and provocative design language ever seen in a Vantage," says Marek Reichman, Aston’s chief creative officer. "A hunter, it’s light in weight and light in its visual language. It is based on a single line under tension, inspired by the DB10 and the extreme track-only Aston Martin Vulcan, blending the two unique design languages together into a form that is sculpted, dynamic, pure and elemental."
The company says that aerodynamic performance was central to the design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed and ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the rear of the car.
Inside, things are also different, but it is impossible not to see the influence of Aston shareholder Daimler in elements including the infotainment system and switchgear. The interior features a more focused sports car cockpit, which has been designed to provide a more immersive driving experience.
This is a sports car though, so for many it will be all about its heart, the engine.
Aston has taken the 4.0l twin-turbo V8 from AMG and added its own touches to create a power plant producing 375kW at 6,000r/min and 685Nm from 2,000-5,000r/min. Power is deployed to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.6 seconds and 314km/h top speed.