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Aston Martin Vantage revealed

Aston Martin Vantage revealed

Powering the new Vantage is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which develops 510PS and 685Nm of torque.

Joining the V12 version is a V8 sourced from the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz.

As well as the shift from naturally aspirated to twin-turbocharged V8 power, the Vantage now sends drive to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight speed automatic transmission, and for the first time features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff) linked to the car's electronic stability control system. No manual option - frankly, the auto is just to fast for mere human gear changes to keep up - but we can't complain too much when the new Vantage does 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds.

The most dramatic styling is at the rear of the auto, which is dominated by a large, downforce-generating diffuser, another first for a mainstream production Aston. All-new when it hits dealerships next year, the new Vantage continues with its predecessors' priority of being the most aggressive, sporting variants in the British automaker's line-up. Underneath the vehicle, there are long fences which channel air for cooling, and then lead it eventually to the rear diffuser.

The 2018 Vantage will charge on to a top speed of 314km/h.

The chassis is based on the same bonded aluminium structure first used for the DB11, although Aston Martin says that 70% of the structure's components are new for the Vantage.

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Suspension is front independent double wishbone, while the rear is a multi-link unit.

The video shows the Red Bull Racing F1 driver sampling a disguised prototype of the new Vantage on the Rockingham Circuit with Aston Martin's Dynamics Chief Engineer Matt Becker. There is adaptive damping, with three different modes: Sport, Sport Plus and Track.

The brakes are two-piece, ventilated 400mm steel rotors up front with six-piston calipers, and 360mm down back with four-piston calipers, behind standard 20-inch forged alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tyres (255/40) at the front, and 295/35 down back), specifically developed for the Vantage. Gone is the "waterfall" center console familiar from previous Aston Martin cars, succeeded by a more compact, focused layout with the core controls in a triangular cluster.

The new Aston Martin Audio System is standard-fit, with an 8-inch display, navigation, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

The result is a more striking, aggressive, and focused coupe than the DB11 grand tourer.

Aston Martin is set to reveal its new Vantage GTE, which it hopes to see at the front of its class in the World Endurance Championship.





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