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Aston Martin Vantage (2018)

The Aston Martin Vantage is a two-seater sports car manufactured by British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin as a successor to the previous outgoing model which had been in production for 12 years. It was unveiled on 21 November 2017.

Aston Martin Vantage
2019 Aston Martin Vantage V8 Automatic 4.0 (1).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerAston Martin Lagonda Limited
Also calledV8 Vantage
Production2018–present
AssemblyGaydon, Warwickshire, England
DesignerMarek Reichman
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutFront mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
DoorsSwan
RelatedAston Martin DB11
Aston Martin DB10
Powertrain
Engine4.0 L Mercedes-AMG M177 twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission7-speed Graziano manual
8-speed ZF 8HP75 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,705 mm (106.5 in)
Length4,465 mm (175.8 in)
Width1,943 mm (76.5 in)
Height1,272 mm (50.1 in)
Kerb weight1,530 kg (3,373 lb) (Dry)
Chronology
PredecessorAston Martin Vantage (2005)

Deliveries of the new Vantage began in June 2018 with a price tag of £120,900 (US$149,995).[1][2]

Specifications and performanceEdit

The Vantage is based on new architecture shared with the DB11, and uses the powertrain and infotainment technology from Mercedes-Benz, as does the DB11. The Vantage uses Mercedes-AMG's M177[3] 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that has a power output of 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp) and 505 lb⋅ft (685 N⋅m) of torque as is equipped with the Mercedes COMAND system.[1][4] The Vantage is capable of accelerating from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3.6 seconds, and attaining a top speed of 314 km/h (195 mph).[5][6] The Vantage uses a rear-mounted 8-speed automatic gearbox manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen, and will be the only vehicle that pairs the Mercedes-AMG V8 with a manual transmission when the combination is made available.[1][7][8] The engine is positioned as far back with the chassis as possible, and a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution has been achieved with the car.[9] The Vantage is also the first Aston Martin production car to feature an electronically controlled differential with torque vectoring, and is built around the same all-new bonded-aluminium platform as the DB11, although around 70% of its components are said to be unique to the Vantage.[10]

 
Rear view of the Aston Martin Vantage
 
The M177 twin-turbocharged V8 engine

VariantsEdit

Vantage AMREdit

The Vantage AMR is a track focused variant of the Vantage. The main highlight of the model is the replacement of the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with a dog-leg Graziano Trasmissioni 7-speed manual transmission previously used on the Vantage S. The AMR also comes with a driver selectable AMSHIFT system which controls the throttle during gear shifting. A new limited-slip differential ensures linear delivery of power. The power-band of the engine is increased and the unit is designed to deliver 625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) of torque from. 2,000 rpm to 5,000 rpm. The use of a manual transmission and carbon ceramic brakes reduce the weight by 95 kg (209 lb). New adaptive dampers with the section of Sport, Sport + and Track modes improve handling. A limited-slip differential ensures linear power delivery. Performance figures include a 0–97 km/h (60 mph) acceleration time of 3.9 seconds, half a second more than the standard Vantage while the top speed remains the same as the standard model. Visual changes include 20-inch forged wheels as available on the Rapide AMR, new carbon fibre side vents and cooling vents present on the hood a sports exhaust system with quad tail pipes and racing bucket seats. Production of the AMR will be limited to 200 units worldwide. Available exterior colours for the AMR include Sabiro Blue, Pnyx Black, China Grey and White Stone. The final 59 cars will be finished in a Sterling Green exterior colour with Lime accents and will pay homage to the 1959 24 Hours of LeMans victory of Aston Martin. Once the production of the AMR seizes, the 7-speed manual transmission will become available on the standard Vantage.[11][12]

DesignEdit

 
The production model
 
Interior

The design of the new Vantage is inspired by the track-only Vulcan and the purpose made DB10 that appeared in the James Bond film Spectre.[4] The front grille, specifically inspired by the Vulcan, helps in efficient engine cooling.[13]

The Vantage's interior configuration also differs from the DB11 in various ways apart from seating capacity, such as the center console design. Whereas the DB11's center stack controls are quite intuitive and more spatial in terms of button/switch arrangement, the Vantage's appears more cluttered and lacks an optical disc drive, as well as separate temperature displays for the automatic climate control. For purpose of weight saving, the Vantage also forfeits the passenger glove compartment and maintains a simple center console design (as opposed to the DB11's deluxe power-sliding variant).

MotorsportEdit

GTEEdit

 
Aston Martin Vantage GTE at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

The Vantage GTE is the GTE-class racing version of the Vantage made to compete in the FIA world endurance championship. Like the road-going car, the GTE uses the Mercedes-AMG V8 engine, though it is paired with a 6-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox. Additional changes are made to the engine to increase power.[14] The car is convertible to GT3 specification.[15]

DTMEdit

 
Aston Martin Vantage at the Norisring parc fermé

HWA-AG, in partnership with Aston Martin and R-Motorsport announced an all new car for the 2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, based on the new Vantage. The Vantage will compete in place of Mercedes-Benz's entry after the manufacturer left the competition to focus on Formula E.[16]

GT3Edit

 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 leaving the pits at Donington Park

GT4Edit

 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 leaving the pits at Donington Park

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Aston Martin shows off a new Vantage". The Verge. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  2. ^ Beckwith, Jimi (2018-02-26). "Aston Martin boss: record profits show financial turnaround is complete". Autocar. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  3. ^ Panait, Mircea (2017-11-16). "2019 Aston Martin Vantage Drifting Teaser Is Slow-Motion Goodness". autoevolution. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  4. ^ a b "Aston Martin just replaced the most successful model in company history with a car straight out of a Bond movie". Business Insider. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  5. ^ Burn, Jonathan (21 March 2018). "New 2018 Aston Martin Vantage makes Geneva debut". Auto Express. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ Gallagher, Stuart (24 November 2017). "New Aston Martin Vantage revealed - full details and specs on Aston's V8 sports car". EVO. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Aston Martin Plans Seven-Model Range, Starting with Vantage Then Vanquish". Car and Driver. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  8. ^ "Aston Martin reveals its all-new Vantage, a 503hp V8 sports car". Ars Technica. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  9. ^ Duff, Mike (21 November 2017). "2019 Aston Martin Vantage: Predictably Stunning". Car and Driver. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  10. ^ Taylor, James (21 November 2017). "Revealed! Bold new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage is here". CAR Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  11. ^ Smith, Christopher (30 April 2019). "Aston Martin Vantage AMR Loses Weight, Rocks a Seven-Speed Manual". Motor1. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  12. ^ Golson, Daniel (30 April 2019). "The Aston Martin Vantage AMR Brings Back the Manual Transmission". Car & Driver. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  13. ^ "The 2019 Aston Martin Vantage is jaw-dropping". SlashGear. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  14. ^ "That Was Fast: Aston Martin Unveils Vantage GTE Racer". Car and Driver. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  15. ^ "Converting The GT3 Aston Martin Vantage To GTE Spec & Back! – dailysportscar.com". www.dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  16. ^ https://www.autosport.com/dtm/news/139321/rmotorsport-aston-replaces-mercedes-in-dtm

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