The Aston Martin Vantage, a name with a rich history dating back to the early 1950s with the DB2 Vantage, has remained a stalwart in Aston Martin’s lineup.
Despite intervals, the Vantage nameplate has endured, embodying a legacy of performance and style. In 2017, Aston Martin introduced the current generation Vantage, positioning it as a more accessible counterpart to the DB11.
Subsequently, the DB11 underwent significant modifications in 2023, emerging as the DB12. Now, Aston Martin embarks on a thorough revitalization of the Vantage, heralding it as ‘the new.’
Unfortunately, amidst these changes, the V12 variant is discontinued. Once available with both V8 and V12 powertrains boasting a 5.2-liter displacement, the V12’s departure was anticipated.
Aston Martin bid farewell to the V12 Vantage, both in closed and open-roof Vantage Roadster iterations, in 2022. What remains is the upgraded Biturbo 4.0 V8, sourced from AMG, now delivering a formidable 665 horsepower to the rear wheels—an increase of 155 horsepower from its predecessor.
Torque figures have also seen a bump, rising from 685 Nm to 800 Nm. With this newfound power, the updated Aston Martin Vantage accelerates from 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) in a brisk 3.4 seconds, reaching a top speed of 325 km/h. This enhanced performance owes much to larger turbos and the introduction of new camshafts.
Power delivery is managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, directing power to the tarmac through an electronically limited-slip differential.
Aston Martin promises a stiffer chassis and improved steering feel with the updated Vantage, thanks to new adaptive shock absorbers and comprehensive software revisions controlling traction, power steering, and driving modes.
Externally, the updated Vantage undergoes noticeable changes, particularly at the front. The smaller, flatter headlights make way for larger units set further back, accompanied by a redesigned grille on the bumper.
These alterations bring the Vantage aesthetically closer to its higher-tier sibling, the DB12. Meanwhile, the rear largely retains its previous design. Inside, a complete overhaul awaits, replacing the old Vantage cockpit with a dashboard reminiscent of the DB12.
Featuring a covered digital instrument cluster and a seamlessly integrated center console, the interior boasts an array of buttons and an infotainment screen, aligning with Aston Martin’s modern design language.