The Aston Martin Vantage is arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever created. Its predecessor, which went into production in 2005, still looks beautiful today, even after 13 years since its initial release. It is an incredible challenge then for the British company to replace a car that’s universally praised for its seductive style. However, they seem to have nailed it after all with this all-new Vantage, which has finally landed in Manila.
Aston Martin’s latest luxury sports car is all-new, with nothing shared from the previous generation model. The styling is an evolution of the brand’s current design language which started with the flagship DB11. Compared to the previous generation, this model’s aggression level has been dialled up to 11, with details such as the mesh grille, large rear diffuser, and nicely designed rear all hinting at the car’s newfound sportiness. Aerodynamics were the engineers’ focal point, and they were able to do so in a manner that still makes the car a beautiful piece of design. The front splitter is optimized to direct airflow underneath the car and towards the rear diffuser, while the gills on the side are designed to reduce air pressure that potentially builds up in the wheel arches. The seductively designed rear fascia has also been optimized to produce a “significant level of downforce” without the need for a spoiler.
The interior is also all-new, completely redesigned from the ground-up. The collaboration with Mercedes-Benz is evident here due to the infotainment system being based on the German brand’s COMAND system. Quality is up significantly from the previous generation model, with the buttons and switches feeling significantly more upmarket and much more well screwed together. As with all Aston Martins, the interior prioritizes luxury and driver control. After all, an Aston Martin has always been about its sophisticated nature and presence.
Underneath the beautiful sheetmetal are a few suprises. The Vantage is powered by a Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0-liter V8 that makes 503 hp and 685 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the rear wheels via a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. Managing the car’s power through the rear wheels is Aston Martin’s first ever Electronic Differential (E-Diff), which is linked to the car’s computer system in order to continually adapt to the driver’s inputs and road conditions smarter than a traditional LSD at millisecond precision. The new e-diff makes the car significantly more stable and more composed at high speed straights and sudden cornering.
The body, meanwhile, is an evolution of the DB11’s aluminum structure, which is 70% new for the Vantage. The rear subframe is now solidly mounted for better drive connection to the road, while the suspension utilizes front double wishbones and rear multi-links. Of course, in cars like these, the suspension is adaptive, offering three modes that also affect that car’s throttle input and engine response: Sport, Sport Plus, and Track.
Lucky mortals can avail their Vantage at Aston Martin Manila’s dealership located at G/F W Fifth Avenue Bldg., 5th Avenue cor 32nd St., BGC Taguig City. Pricing will only be released upon request.