27 Nov 2018 Aston Martin Vantage: A New Direction for a Classic Company
The new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage just rolled out, and it’s pushing the envelope in just about every way. The first update to the Vantage since 2005, it’s based on the DB10 built for James Bond in Spectre, and provides a cheaper, slightly-more-entry-level alternative.It’s supposed to be slightly sportier, and even comes in a flashy neon green (officially called Lime Essance); a bold new direction for the classic British automaker, known more for the Bond-esque grey that traditionally adorns its vehicles.
But paintjob isn’t the only thing new and attractive about the new Vantage; the hood is lower and more pointed, while the sides are far more rounded, sculpted and aggressive than years past. (Aston Martin wants it to be reminiscent of a shark). You can choose from the car’s body color, gloss black, satin titanium, or exposed carbon fiber for the various trim bits that adorn the details of the car, such as the rear fascia and around the grill. You’ve also got your choice of either a two-pipe dual exhaust system, or a four-pipe quad.
Under the hood, it’s got a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 engine, built by Mercedes-Benz, that turns out 503 horsepower and a decent 505 lb-ft of torque. That’s not quite the power that the 2017 is capable of (with 563 horsepower), but it pushes 195 miles an hour and can power the coupe from 0-62 in a mere 3.7 seconds. (That’s not Tesla Roadster speed, but it’s still fun). That’s all channeled into a 7-speed manual transmission, – practically a requisite for Aston Martin sportscars.
The chassis is based on the DB11’s aluminum build, but at a much lighter weight – 280 pounds lighter, to be exact. The Vantage also uses Aston Martin’s Electronic Rear Differential, which is supposed to “go from fully open to 100 percent locked in a matter of milliseconds.” The company also says that it is perfectly balanced, with exactly 50% of its weight over the front axle and 50% over the rear axle.
Let’s not forget the interior, either; replacing Aston Martin’s signature waterfall is a more modern, more horizontal center console. It has a digital dashboard and COMAND information and entertainment screens and interface. It’s luxurious too, adorned with wood and composite marquetry, knurl metal knobs, and brogued leather.
So what do you think? The new Aston Martin Vantage is the perfect car if you want to look like James Bond on a budget, coming in at “only” about $149,995. (You’ll need to fork out $211,000+ for the DB11, so maybe this a relative bargain). It’ll be out in June 2018. And the Lime Essence isn’t as bad as it might seem.