There is an all-new Aston Martin Vantage and it has a German heart and 007-inspired looks.
Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the latest Vantage is clearly inspired by the DB10 showcased in the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre. Notable design highlights include a lower front fascia and a wider grille flanked by swept-back headlights.
Here are other key takeaways:
- Breathing under the hood is a 4.0-liter V8 engine borrowed from Mercedes-AMG, one that’s been tuned to produce 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm.
- An eight-speed automatic transmission manufactured by ZF sends all that power to the rear wheels, allowing the Vantage to sprint from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).
- The German engine and German transmission is complimented by quick, precise steering, giving the Vantage German precision on twisty roads. It’s more of a sports car than ever and no longer just a grand tourer.
- Engineers employed an evolution of the Aston Martin DB11’s bonded aluminum structure to deliver a more agile and responsive to drive than the previous Vantage and better usability on a daily basis.
- There will be a V12-powered and a roadster version of the Vantage.
- Prices starts at $149,995 and deliveries begin in the second quarter of 2018.
The new Aston Martin Vantage very attractive, but it has more of a boy racer look that probably won’t sit well with those who prefer to the classy and even timeless designs that Aston Martin is known for.
What do you think? Want one?