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On the occasion of the presentation of its new AMR24 single-seater at Silverstone, Aston Martin is doing a double blow by also unveiling a production model: the new generation of its Vantage coupe. The current model, launched in 2018, is giving way to a new and profoundly revised generation. This is modeled on the new DB12, presented last year and already tested in our columns (see n°326).
Thus, the front of the Vantage takes almost as is the look of the larger DB12, abandoning the appearance very close to a Mazda MX-5 according to some with its small almond-shaped headlights. The grille, a little higher, is still impressive with its typical shape and its satin chrome grille. The Matrix LED headlights are more “round” than on the DB12, but have the same three-point light signature at the top. The Vantage also takes from the DB12 its borderless mirrors and its very sculpted hood. At the rear, on the other hand, the Vantage retains its “duckbill” spoiler on which a thin, partly illuminated strip runs as lights. The rear part therefore keeps the look of the previous Vantage, even if certain adjustments have been made such as a new diffuser with four round exhaust outlets with a larger diameter. The wider wheel arches frame 21-inch forged alloy wheels as standard, fitted with specific Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tires. The side vents are also redesigned.
Copy-pasted from DB12
The passenger compartment is completely transfigured. It is also similar to the DB12, with a new steering wheel (taken from Mercedes with its tactile cursors), digital meters on a rectangular panel, very thin air vents placed above a 10.25-inch central touch screen completed by numerous physical buttons on the center console. They are used for example for air conditioning (temperature, ventilation, etc.), driving aids (lane keeping aid, reversing camera, etc.), gear selection or even suspension or exhaust adjustment. The home multimedia system has undergone major developments since the arrival of the DB12, and benefits from the wireless Apple CarPlay service for the most connected customers, who can also use an Aston Martin application on their smartphone to prepare a trip and send to their vehicle.
155 hp more for the V8
Under the hood too, there are changes! The Vantage only has the original Mercedes-AMG 4.0 twin-turbo V8, since the V12 lived its last moments in the very exclusive Vantage V12 and should not be renewed. But the V8, assembled by hand, is completely redesigned by Gaydon engineers. They have achieved the feat of gaining 155 hp and 115 Nm of torque, bringing everything to 665 hp and 800 Nm. A 30% increase in power which nevertheless benefits performance relatively little, with a 0 to 100 km/ h announced in 3.5 s instead of 3.6 s on the old model (510 hp). On the other hand, the maximum speed increases from 314 km/h to 325 km/h. Note that this engine is only associated with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox (at least for the moment, pending a possible AMR variant with a mechanical gearbox). Box and report management have been completely revised for greater efficiency.
Engineers added to the Vantage a new Launch Control system for quicker starts, as well as adjustable traction control (ATC). We also note the total overhaul of the cooling system, the compression ratios and the diameter of the turbochargers. The Vantage is also entitled to the “E-Diff” electronic differential and the Bilstein DTX adaptive suspensions shared with the DB12 and DBX. Aston Martin also announces that it has revised the chassis with a bonded aluminum structure and a stiffened base. Braking is provided by standard 400 mm wrought iron discs at the front and 360 mm at the rear, or lighter and more efficient carbon ceramic discs (option).
Marketing and pricing
Production of the new Vantage is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, with deliveries beginning in the second quarter. Aston Martin announces a price below €200,000 in France. A price which does not include the prohibitive penalty of €60,000 for us, due to CO2 emissions estimated at 274 g/km.
Photos : DR.
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To sum up
Aston Martin lifts the veil on its new generation of Vantage. Extremely close to its big sister DB12 launched last year, the English coupe sees its power explode with 150 additional.
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