Aston Martin Vantage: The Rebel of the Family
This is a very interesting time for Aston Martin. The legendary Vanquish retired this year, making way for the DBS, the equally legendary Vantage now sports a sexy-yet-fierce new look and there’s an Aston Martin SUV on the way called the DBX.
And there’s more.
7 cars in 7 years.
The Valkyrie will grace tarmacs around our planet next year. And we will soon get to see the Project 003 Hyper car (2021 reportedly) and the much-anticipated AM9.
I had the pleasure of spending a day with the newly formed Aston Martin Middle East team. The people and the cars. While we were treated to the DBS Superleggera and the DB11 AMR, the new Aston Martin Vantage caught our eye.
Aston Martin Vantage: Design
This is one incredibly handsome vehicle. The car is designed in a way that doesn’t hide its true form. I’m not usually a fan of using words like “predator” or “hunter” to describe anything other than actual predators and hunters, though this is an exception.
The overall design is serious and stern. The Aston Martin Vantage is smaller than you would expect and the car is lower than most. It is muscular with its wide haunches yet gorgeous with its artistically sculpted body.
When at a standstill, it is almost crouching. And with redesigned headlamps, it is almost squinting into the distance. Cruising is prowling, quick accelerating is pouncing.
Forget everything you know about this range. The new Aston Martin Vantage is the rebellious youngster, the millennial heir to a legacy that chooses not to follow protocol established for over 100 years (105 to be exact).
When you look at the entire range of Aston Martin’s second century cars – the Vantage stands out. While the likes of the DB11 and DBS are slightly larger and more “Aston Martin’esque” the Vantage always looks like its just hanging around impatiently waiting to ditch the pack and hit the open road.
Perhaps that’s why we were drawn to it, and that’s why we chose it. As soon as the small bunch of regional automotive journalists picked their vehicles, we (the Vantage and I) peeled away from the pack.
To match its hard design is a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8. Which can catapult the Vantage to 100 kmph in 3.6 seconds. In comparison, the Superleggera does it in 3.4 and the lighter (by 180 kgs) flat six, Porsche 911 GTS clocks 0-100 in 4.1 seconds.
The exact placement of the engine aids in the car’s performance too. The V8 is positioned lower and further back in the chassis that helps in weight distribution.
This isn’t just a luxurious British tourer. Aston Martin set out to create a mind-bending sports car that can hit a top speed of 314 kmph.
An interesting feature is the adaptive software twisted into the eight-speed gearbox. This helps the car acclimate to operating and driving conditions ensuring it is in the right gear at any given time.
Driving the Vantage is a thrill. It’s squatted rear and re-positioned engine help the car stick to the tarmac if you enjoy your bends slightly over the recommended speed limit. Track days will, without a doubt, become a staple event if you own this car.
Few would argue that this could serve as a daily driver, and I would argue against. This Vantage is bloodthirsty and best enjoyed on a weekend blast. But then again, we live in Dubai so anything goes and normal rules don’t apply.
This crouched, quick lightning bolt is luxurious too. It is an Aston Martin after all.
The interior has gone through an overhaul with new gearshift paddles, and gear selection buttons within the centre console. Luxury is standard with the cockpit wrapped in Alcantara and leather with a modern sporty finish. The interior door panels and center console is one of a kind. It features clean flowing lines and looks rather futuristic.
And to think, the Vantage is just one of the handful of second century cars released so far. There are so many more to come in the next few years. It’s a good time to be alive. 😉