The new Vantage might just be the best Aston Martin ever

The new Vantage might just be the best Aston Martin ever

The new Vantage might just be the best Aston Martin ever

Either way, that power drives the rear wheels through a six-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox, and there's a mechanical limited-slip differential in place of the road car's electronic E-Diff.

It has been set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and flawless 50:50 weight distribution.

The new Vantage is instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin, but it takes up the current design trend of fitting new cars with huge gaping maws. For aero, it features a full-length flat floor, a carbon-fiber front splitter, a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, and a carbon-fiber adjustable rear wing. We know this as the new DB11 V8 uses a similar variant of the engine and it sounds incredibly but more Aston-like than AMG.

Buy or sell your exotic auto at duPontREGISTRY.com and check back with Autofluence.com for more supercar news. Some new from and rear lights add a nice touch to separate the model, too.

Visually, the new Aston Martin Vantage takes some inspiration from the carmaker's DB10 concept. The turbocharged V8 engine doesn't require air vents cut into the bonnet, although a slight bulge has been employed to link the vehicle to the old V12 Vantage design and to create room for under-bonnet airflow to the turbo. The most prominent design element is the new grille which comes with a distinctive glossy black surround that protruded out of the grille and is attached to the bumper lip. Being an Aston Martin model, it costs $150,000.

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Speaking of those modes, all of the Vantage's systems (electronic differential, dynamic torque vectoring, dynamic stability control, adaptive damping and the electric power steering systems) work as one, getting more aggressive as the driver goes up in modes.

Factor in the dry weight of 1,530 kg (3,373 lb) and you'll understand why the Vantage can catapult itself from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 miles per hour (314 km/h).

On the outside Aston has gone for an "athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches" - all to visually underline the agility of the vehicle. Like the DB, the Vantage sports a push-button transmission, and there's a very Mercedes-like central controller for the infotainment system.

Aston Martin president and CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: "It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin's history". Alcantara and leather upholstery round off the luxury interior.

The order books are now open for the Vantage, with Aston Martin expecting first customer deliveries to arrive in the second quarter of 2018.


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