Après plus de dix ans de carrière, la superbe Aston Martin Vantage passe le relais à la nouvelle génération. Réalisé en partenariat avec le motoriste Mercedes-AMG, la toute nouvelle Aston Martin Vantage était très attendue. Welcome new Vantage!
“It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history. Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation.
I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created: a new Vantage that’s more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package.
A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for.”
– Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President Chief Executive Officer
The first time the Vantage name was used few could have imagined its future significance. Originally used in 1951 in sales literature for a high-performance derivative of the DB2, the Vantage engine – offering 125bhp against 105 for the standard model – was far from a standalone model, but established the name as one that would appeal to the keenest drivers.
The Vantage name next used in 1962 to denote a distinct model was the DB4 Vantage. In addition to a high-performance engine, these Vantage specification cars also featured subtle styling modifications. With the introduction of the DB5 in 1964 the Vantage model became firmly established as the high-performance derivative. They were visually distinguished by discreet Vantage badges attached to the side strakes on the front wings – a strategy that also applied to , the DB6, DB6 Mk2 and DBS.
The first standalone #Vantage model was the AM Vantage – in essence a re-styled DBS Vantage with 4.0-litre 6-cylinder engine. Just 70 were built between 1972 and 1973. This beautiful example was on display at our 2013 Centenary Celebration in Kensington Gardens. #VantageTimeline #astonmartin #heritage
The first standalone Vantage model was the short-lived AM Vantage – in essence a re-styled DBS Vantage with a 4.0-litre 6-cylinder engine. Produced for a little over a year between the spring of 1972 and 1973, it was sold alongside the new William Towns-designed AM V8. Though just 70 examples were built, it was to spawn a true icon in the shape of the V8 Vantage. Introduced in 1977 as Aston Martin’s performance flagship, it was defined by its muscular looks and immense performance courtesy of a tuned 375bhp version of the 5.3-litre V8. One of the fastest and most desirable cars of its day, the V8 Vantage would ultimately spawn Volante and Zagato versions before it ceased production.
By now firmly established as the quintessential British supercar, the next Vantage was a magnificently brutal evolution of the V8-engined Virage Coupe. With uprated brakes and suspension and a pair of superchargers attached to the hand-built V8, this new Vantage was a 550bhp monster. Later developments saw power rise to 600bhp, with the final V600 Le Mans models amongst the rarest and most desirable Vantage models of all and the last Vantage model to be built at Newport Pagnell.
The DB7 Vantage of 2000 was a landmark car, as it introduced Aston Martin’s new 6.0-litre V12. A huge step up from the six-cylinder DB7, the Vantage was a true Ferrari rival. Available with manual and automatic transmission, and in Coupe or Volante body styles.
With the introduction of the all-new 2005 V8 Vantage, Aston Martin was to experience unprecedented levels of kudos and sales success. Built around the company’s innovative VH platform and using a strong, lightweight bonded aluminium chassis, this generation of Vantage would continually evolve. First with a large capacity V8 engine, followed by the introduction of an Automated Sequential Manual transmission. When a V12 Vantage was launched in 2009 it wowed enthusiasts around the world. Since then special series models such as the track-biased Aston Martin GT12 and GT8 models have continued to exploit a design with apparently limitless potential.
New Vantage business
La Vantage de seconde génération est la seconde voiture du nouveau plan produit de la marque après la DB11.
La carrière de la première génération de la « petite » Aston Martin, la Vantage, fut longue, 12 annés et bien remplie, de nombreuses séries. Aujourd’hui encore, ses lignes se distinguent par leur élégance intemporelle. Qu’il est bien difficile de remplacer un tel chef-d’œuvre ! La nouvelle se veut être classe, sauvage et féroce.
‘Vantage is raw and instinctive, unwavering in its singular purpose: to overwhelm the senses through its world-renowned design, agile performance and dedicated craftsmanship. Its heart beats with a high powered 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8, producing that visceral Aston Martin roar. A rare breed and a statement of independence on the road, Vantage embodies all that is beautiful in our performance sports car range.
Race track, winding country road or the everyday commute, Vantage is an Aston Martin of outstanding class, delivering a drive so intensely felt that it demands to be experienced time and time again.’
Moteur Aston Martin Vantage
Reposant sur le nouveau châssis en aluminium de l’Aston Martin DB11 avec 70% de composants nouveaux, la nouvelle Vantage embarque à son bord un bloc V8 4,0 litres bi-turbo placé en position centrale avant.
Le bloc by AMG développe une puissance de 510 chevaux à 6000 tr/min, et 685 Nm de couple de 2000 à 5000 tr/min.
V8 4,0 litres bi-turbo ? Oui il s’agit bien du même moteur que la Mercedes-AMG GT S, mais avec une cartographie différente.
Aston Martin affirme que la boîte de vitesses automatique est elle aussi différente, tout comme la sonorité de l’échappement.
La boîte de vitesses bénéficie de rapports de démultiplication intermédiaires plus courts, ce qui lui permettra d’afficher un tempérament bien plus bestial lors des phases d’accélération. Fabriqué par ZF, à huit rapports et placé à l’arrière.
Aston Martin annonce un 0 à 100 km/h assommé en 3,6 secondes et une vitesse maximale de 314 km/h.
The heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s potent new alloy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, this high performance, high efficiency engine develops 510PS at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm. With a dry weight of 1530kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios – something vividly demonstrated whenever the throttle is squeezed. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack.
Vantage & ZahnradFabrik
The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph, it employs a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment. These include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The speed-dependent electric power steering has 2.4 turns lock-to-lock for an outstanding combination of responsiveness and precise, intuitive control.
For the first time on an Aston Martin the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behaviour, and react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel. Unlike a conventional LSD, it can go from fully open to 100% locked in a matter of milliseconds.
The backbone of the new Vantage is its bonded aluminium underframe. While the architecture of the car is based on Aston Martin’s next generation platform, 70% of its components are bespoke to the Vantage as it was essential the engineering team had the freedom to create the ideal foundation for a sports car. The result is an impressive dry weight of 1530kg.
At 4465mm, the car is 284mm shorter than DB11, and is 34mm shorter than a Porsche 911. This compactness helps give the car its inherent agility – something for which the outgoing Vantage was renowned and on which this new model raises the bar.
The underframe features a solidly-mounted sub frame which creates an immensely rigid structure providing a very stable platform from which the suspension can control the car. This structure ensures that the driver feels very much a part of the car, creating a feeling of ‘direct connection’ that can be felt and appreciated by all drivers and relished by the most skilled.
The 685Nm of torque is fed through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission mounted at the back of the car. The gearbox has specially developed software which provides short, crisp gear changes when required, and can also deliver the type of shift refinement and usability which is beyond that seen on dual clutch gearboxes.
By using eight gears, this enables close ratios, which allow the engine to be kept in its most powerful / efficient speed range for longer depending on driver demand. The gearbox’s adaptive software is designed to gauge the conditions the car is operating in, along with the demands the driver is making, to ensure the car is in exactly the right gear at the right time.
“As an automotive engineer the challenge is always the same: to achieve greater efficiency in every area of the car.
With an unashamed sports car such as an all-new Aston Martin Vantage you have another challenge – the relentless pursuit of greater emotion and excitement. Not only have we massively improved the hardware of this new Vantage, we’ve invested it with true heart and soul.”
– Max Szwaj, Aston Martin’s Chief Technical Officer
Vantage & Mercedes-AMG
The new Aston Martin Vantage utilises a high performance 4-litre V8 Twin Turbo engine, generating an output of 510PS. The basis of this engine has been provided by Mercedes-AMG as part of the company’s successful ongoing relationship. Aston Martin Engineers have worked to ensure that this engine maintains the unique character and ‘feel’ that Aston Martins are renowned for.
Moving to a twin-turbo V8 from a naturally aspirated V8 could have resulted in the new Vantage lacking the soundtrack for which Aston Martins are rightly renowned. However, engineers have successfully tuned both the induction and exhaust systems to provide the iconic sound quality synonymous with an Aston Martin sports car. This is particularly noticeable in Sport Plus and Track modes.
Great effort has also been put into positioning the engine as low as possible for a lower centre of gravity and improved weight distribution to contribute to optimised driving dynamics. The low engine position is achieved through new engine mounts and a lower, slimmer wet sump. With this bespoke new wet sump design, AML have achieved an improved engine parasitic loss figure, which improves fuel economy.
‘The heart of Vantage beats with a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Impressive acceleration of 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds and a speed of up to 195 mph deliver raw athleticism and an enticing performance feel.’
Vantage’s high-performance V8 power house is positioned low and further back in the chassis to improve weight distribution and driving dynamics, leaving a lasting impression well beyond the drive.
Effortless, inherent potency comes from the engine’s extraordinary 510 PS output and 685 Nm of torque fed through Vantage’s ZF automatic transmission. The eight-speed gearbox delivers the perfect balance of performance and refinement, with adaptive software designed to gauge the operating conditions – along with the demands the driver is making – to ensure the car is in exactly the right gear at the right time.
‘Our dedicated engineers have tuned the induction, exhaust and engine management system to retain the truly intoxicating sound and immersive character of a naturally aspirated V8 – that unforgettable quality synonymous with an Aston Martin. In Track mode it can be felt especially, amplifying the driver’s connection with the car and unleashing the car’s track capabilities to intensify the experience in the cabin. Such is the abundance of satisfyingly sensory experiences behind the wheel, that Vantage becomes the most justifiable of indulgences.’
Chassis Aston Martin Vantage
‘Our talented engineers sought the ideal foundation for the new Vantage, crafting its frame from lightweight, bonded aluminium. The inherent sporting agility comes from its compact dimensions, an impressive weight of just 1530kg and near perfect 50:50 weight distribution. A rigid subframe within this backbone delivers enhanced stability for the suspension. The overwhelming benefit is beautifully responsive control behind the wheel; car and driver connecting symbiotically to deliver unrivalled excitement and dynamic drivability.’
Avec une répartition des masses de 50% à l’avant et de 50% à l’arrière, puis d’une meilleure rigidité, notamment en torsion. Avec ses 1530 kg, la nouvelle Vantage est plus légère d’environ 100 kilos par rapport à sa devancière.
Le châssis est dérivé de la nouvelle architecture mise au point pour la DB11. C’est-à-dire qu’elle recourt principalement à l’aluminium, principalement collé. Pour autant, le constructeur annonce 70 % de pièces spécifiques sur la structure de l’auto. Il faut dire que la Vantage est une stricte deux places, au gabarit toujours assez compact avec 4,47 m de long.
La nouvelle Vantage reçoit un différentiel arrière électronique, un système disponible pour la première fois chez Aston Martin. L’e-diff est relié à l’ESP et fait varier électroniquement le couple envoyé à chacune des roues arrière. Aston Martin précise que l’ESP peut être totalement déconnecté.
La suspension avant est la même que sur la DB11, c’est-à-dire une double triangulation, mais au tarage plus ferme pour un comportement bien plus sportif et moins GT dans l’âme.
Des freins en acier ou en carbone-céramique sont disponibles au catalogue. On retrouve à l’avant des disques de 400 millimètres de diamètre mordus par des étriers à six pistons, et 360 millimètres et quatre pistons à l’arrière.
‘The suspension has a forged double wishbone design at the front and a multi-link system at the rear. Adaptive damping with sensors on the car detect the prevailing driving conditions, as well as the demands the driver is making of the car. The master cylinder and booster have been updated to ensure the Vantage feels and responds as a true sports car, creating a more responsive, confidence inspiring drive.’
Le maître-cylindre est une pièce placée derrière la coupelle à dépression d’un circuit de freinage hydraulique. Cet organe émetteur permet de transmettre une pression via le liquide de frein aux organes récepteurs du freinage au travers des canalisations hydrauliques avant et arrière
At higher speeds, the Electronic Differential’s speed and sensitivity of response enables the system to take very fine control of the car’s dynamic behaviour. It makes the car feel much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability and its cornering performance, providing the driver with increased levels of confidence to explore and enjoy the car’s capabilities to the full.
The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, though some 70 per cent of the structure’s components are new for Vantage. Balance, strength, rigidity and weight efficiency were all priorities in the new Vantage design, as was handling purity and consistency.
Highlights of the chassis include a solidly mounted rear subframe for an enhanced feeling of direct connection for the driver, new Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for new Vantage and the latest generation Adaptive Damping System which incorporates Skyhook technology and offers the choice of Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes.
Vantage Sport & Track
The dynamic brief for the new Vantage was simple. Make it as exciting and engaging as possible without compromising its everyday usability or making it too challenging for drivers of all abilities. The key to achieving this objective was complete integration of the powertrain, transmission, suspension and steering systems, which work in harmony to offer three distinct dynamic modes – Sport, Sport Plus and Track.
As the name of these modes suggests, the Vantage is never less than a sports car. Consequently, while ride comfort and pliancy remains an important quality, the Vantage is not attempting to deliver GT levels of suppleness. Precision, consistency and intuitive responses are constants, but as the driver works their way through Sport Plus and Track modes they will feel the whole car become increasingly responsive to their inputs. The throttle will feel sharper, the up and downshifts punchier and the steering more incisive and the suspension firmer.
The suspension uses a forged double wishbone design at the front and a multi-link system at the rear. Adaptive damping features as standard, with sensors on the car detecting the prevailing driving conditions, as well as the demands the driver is making of the car. A solidly-mounted rear subframe provides the most precise and consistent location for the rear suspension, which means the car responds with greater immediacy and gives a more detailed feeling of connection for the driver.
A crucial addition to the new Vantage is Dynamic Torque Vectoring and – for the first time on an Aston Martin – an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behaviour, and can react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel. Unlike a conventional LSD, it can go from fully open to 100% locked in a matter of milliseconds. DTV significantly improves the car’s cornering capabilities and makes low to medium speed cornering far more satisfying.
At higher speeds the Electronic Differential’s speed and sensitivity of response enables the system to take very fine control of the car’s dynamic behaviour. Also, because the E-Diff is free from the fixed parameters and behaviour of a mechanical LSD it creates an inherent feeling of agility when making direction changes, but feels much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability and once settled into a cornering. Working together the E-Diff and DTV systems increase cornering performance and provide the driver with increased levels of confidence, allowing them to explore and enjoy the car’s capabilities to the full, while not sacrificing low speed usability. Performance between the corners is equally scintillating, with a maximum speed of 195mph and the ability to hit 62mph from rest in just 3.7 seconds.
The braking system features ventilated two-piece 400mm cast-iron discs at the front, with ventilated 360mm discs at the rear, gripped by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers. The master cylinder and booster have been updated to ensure the Vantage feels and responds as a true sports car, creating a more responsive, confidence inspiring drive.
Vantage & Pirelli
La Vantage est livrée avec des pneumatiques Pirelli P Zero (255/40 à l’avant et 295/35 à l’arrière) développés spécifiquement pour elle qui enveloppent des jantes de 20 pouces.
The wheels are 20” as standard with a choice of 2 wheel styles: 20” cast wheel designed to amplify the cars athletic stance and a 20” forged machined lightweight wheel designed to enhance the dynamic experience and reduce mass. The tyres are Pirelli P Zero (255/40 at the front, 295 35 at the rear) which have been specifically tuned to suit the driving dynamics of Vantage in wet and dry conditions.
“With Vantage we’ve really ramped-up the feeling of agility, response and excitement. Key to this is the new Electronic Differential, which works with Dynamic Torque Vectoring and the car’s Dynamic Stability Control to make the car feel more responsive in slow and medium corners, but more stable in high-speed turns.
We’ve put a huge amount of effort into the calibration of these electronic systems so the car feels natural and connected. It’s incredibly quick across the ground, but the speed doesn’t come at the expense of feel and enjoyment. It’s a proper driver’s car.”
– Matt Becker, Chief of Vehicle Attribute Engineering, Aston Martin
Thanks to full integration of engine, transmission, E-Diff, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Damping and the electric power steering systems, each mode optimises every area of the car as one. With each step the Vantage gains in agility and responsiveness, its character becoming progressively sharper, more vocal and more exciting. This is the essence of the Vantage driving experience – a car that’s never less than connected and engaging with the breadth of capability to revel in challenging roads and bare its teeth on track.
When Max Verstappen met #NewVantage – Aston Martin
When Max Verstappen met #NewVantage. The Red Bull Racing driver joined Aston Martin’s Dynamics Chief Engineer Matt Becker for a taste of how the new Vantage handles the track. With thanks to Pirelli.
Design Aston Martin Vantage
‘Ever since the nameplate launched in the 1950s as an upgrade to the DB2, Vantage has been synonymous with performance, becoming our flagship sports car. Continued success in World Endurance Racing, as recently as 2017’s GTE Pro category class victory at Le Mans 24 Hours, has underpinned Aston Martin’s racing DNA’
An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models, the Vantage nameplate has been worn by some true icons. First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans and the much-loved V8 Vantage. Today this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage.
A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.
Aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the rear of the car.
Together with the new side gills, which have been integrated into the body surface and bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches, and the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the Vantage generates a significant level of downforce – a rarity on any production car and a first for a core production Aston Martin model.
Design extérieur Aston Martin Vantage
Le nouveau style Aston Martin, révélé en livrée Lime Essence, se remarque !
À l’avant, les nouveaux codes de la marque se montre avec un nez plongeant un peu à l’image de celui d’un requin ou d’une Formule 1 cc Red Bull 😉
Les feux sont également un peu plus larges que sur la DB10, et nous retrouvons une calandre proéminente qui vient maintenant s’inscrire d’un seul bloc avec la lame avant. La calandre se passe des élégants joncs chromés pour opter pour la bouche béante en nids d’abeille en mesh grey or black. Le team design Aston Martin a sculpté le capot pour donner plus de musculature à sa nouvelle Vantage. Quand on relève le capot moteur, on comprend que c’est pour l’air.
L’énorme prise d’air à l’avant remplace les mythiques calandres Aston Martin, reprend légèrement le dessin sur la partie haute de la récente DB10 de 007 et inspiré de la pistarde Vulcan.
Les traits caractéristiques du style Aston Martin sont respectés, on y retrouve des flancs sculptés, des hanches très larges. Mais surtout, tous les éléments aérodynamiques sont intégrés de manière transparente dans la conception structurelle de la Vantage, ce qui signifie qu’il n’y a absolument rien à déployer.
Les lignes de caractère et autres plis de carrosserie sont également très proche sur la Vantage et la DB10 donnant cette impression visuelle que la ceinture de caisse se rétrécit au niveau des portières, pour s’évaser vers les ailes arrière. On retrouve le profil so style Aston Martin.
Le nouveau style animal se voit via les formes sculpturales créent une posture athlétique prédatrice, tandis que les flancs musculaires et les larges hanches expriment l’agilité et le dynamisme inhérents à la voiture.
‘The nose of the clamshell bonnet is pitched towards the ground, as if hunting its prey. Distinctive and assertive features like the three-dimensional S curve surrounding the meshed grille, or the focused expression of its ultra-slim LED headlights, instantly portray Vantage’s beautifully intense visual character.’
Aston Martin a donc prolongé horizontalement ses feux arrière à LED sur toute la largeur de l’auto, en suivant le décroché du becquet. Une forme que l’on retrouve inversée au niveau du bouclier, dessinée par cette lame en carbone qui court aussi sur toute la largeur.
‘The signature ultra-slim rear light graphic illuminates the full-width of the tailgate, accentuated by the flick in the Vantage’s tail. It provocatively expresses the car’s animalistic character in what is set to become an iconic symbol of performance.’
L’immense diffuseur teinté englobe une quadruple sortie d’échappement.
Le splitter avant dirige le flux d’air sous la voiture, où un système de clapets canalise l’air destiné au refroidissement là où il est nécessaire. Ce système assure la diffusion d’un flux d’air spécifique qui se dirige directement jusqu’au diffuseur arrière. La conception du diffuseur permet de créer une zone d’air à basse pression, tout en empêchant simultanément les turbulences générées par les roues arrière de perturber le flux d’air sortant de l’arrière de la voiture.
Reflecting its increased performance, capabilities and sporting character, the new Vantage boasts an athletic, muscular physique. Driven by the desire to more explicitly express the clear nature of each Aston Martin model, the Vantage has a predatory stance that roots it emphatically to the road. Shaped by a philosophy of consequential lines, the body has purity, elegance and balance, each line present because it serves a purpose. This creates a clear message of sporting intent without having to resort to gimmicks.
This direct link to performance can be seen in the functional aerodynamics of the body surfaces. A fully integrated front splitter flows seamlessly into the minimal front overhang. The side strake has been stripped back into a new side gill so that it too is now an integrated surface, rather than an applied detail. It also serves an aerodynamic purpose, bleeding air from the front wheel arch to minimise lift and feed air along the flanks of the car.
The front and rear lights are ultra-slim LEDs and have been used to stunning effect. Whether you’re following or being followed these visual signatures ensure the Vantage is unmistakable. Shape and drama define every aspect of the Vantage, never more so than at the rear, where the diffuser and pronounced kick in the upswept deck lid clearly show how the Vantage uses the airflow over its surfaces to generate stability-enhancing downforce. Bold, less restrained and more celebratory, the Vantage is a brilliantly expressive and exciting piece of design.
Design intérieur Aston Martin Vantage
L’ensemble est très travaillé, notamment au niveau de la partie basse de la console centrale. On y retrouve une certaine inspiration avec la Mercedes-AMG GT via une sorte de V inversé qui intègre différentes commandes dont notamment le bouton d’allumage ou encore la boîte de vitesses. L’écran central n’est pas tactile, en témoigne la présence d’un pad.
The Vantage features a high level of standard equipment, including keyless start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system, parking distance display, park assist and front and rear parking sensors. The In-Car Entertainment system – controlled and viewed via a centrally mounted 8 inch LCD screen
Being an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features a high level of craftsmanship, evidenced by flawless paintwork, luxurious Alcantara and leather upholstery and the levels of finish optimised through the use of tactile natural materials of the highest quality. There is also extensive scope for personalisation via a generous choice of options. These include forged alloy wheels in a variety of finishes, Sports Plus Collection (comprising Sports Plus seats and Sports steering wheel), carbon fibre interior and exterior detailing and a Premium Audio System.
The design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports car cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combination of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functionality. Likewise, the PRND transmission buttons have been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones. The interior also offers generous stowage space, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas.
The interior is every bit as dynamic: a true and purposeful sports car interior that is a departure from the flowing lines and central waterfall console that has previously defined Aston Martin interiors. Instead the Vantage cockpit is dominated by a compact, focused console that shrink wraps the technical architecture – that’s to say the areas of switchgear, such as the new PRND transmission switches, which are now positioned in a triangular formation. The instrument cowl has protruding forms that act like blinkers to focus the driver’s gaze. The seating position is 10mm lower to foster a truly immersive feel. A choice of Sport and Sport Plus seats offer exceptional comfort, with the more heavily bolstered option seat providing greater support in dynamic situations.
Careful attention has been paid to the fixed paddle shifters, which have been developed to facilitate up and downshifts without the driver having to reposition their hands on the steering wheel. The shift feel itself has also been honed for a satisfyingly positive feel. The HVAC controls are a combination of classic rotary and toggle style switches, as they are the quickest and most intuitive means of adjusting temperature and airflow while on the move. These apparently small details all reinforce the pure, analogue, tactile nature of the Vantage driving experience.
As standard, the Vantage is trimmed extensively with Alcantara and leather (a full-leather interior is available as an option) which perfectly suits the sporting nature of the car, while beautifully executed details, such as the saddle leather door pull provide the perfect reminder of Aston Martin’s unrivalled commitment to craftsmanship. Though a strict two-seater, the Vantage is a genuine everyday proposition. A practical tailgate opens onto a 350-litre boot space. In the main passenger compartment, there are generous double-tier storage areas behind the seats, which are perfect for stowing handbags, briefcases or items of clothing while travelling.
“New Vantage has the most powerful and provocative design language ever seen in a Vantage. A hunter, light in weight and is therefore light in it’s visual language. It is based on a single line under tension, inspired by the DB10 and the extreme track-only Aston Martin Vulcan, blending the two unique design languages together into a form that is sculpted, dynamic, pure and elemental.”
– Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin
Beautiful Won’t Be Tamed – The New Vantage – by Rankin
The new Aston Martin Vantage has made its global debut with a unique portfolio of imagery and film by Rankin, one of the most influential photographers of our generation.
The new Aston Martin Vantage has made its global debut with a unique portfolio of imagery and film by Rankin, one of the most influential photographers of our generation. The London-based photographer has been at the forefront of commercial and editorial innovation since he co-founded the magazine Dazed and Confused in 1992, bringing a unique aesthetic to fashion shoots and portraiture.
Over the course of a high-profile career, Rankin has taken the portraits of the Queen of England, Daniel Craig, Kate Moss, David Bowie, Monica Bellucci and many hundreds more. He has also published around 30 books and been a key driver behind major charity and commercial campaigns for a number of key brands around the world.
To introduce the new Vantage, Rankin brings his talents to a classic tale of rivalry, a portrait of a car born on the track, shaped through racing and a formidable performance heritage. It is also a story of pure driving pleasure and a challenging portrayal of true automotive beauty, a car that is as beautiful in motion as it is at rest. The images and film are a dramatic creative vision, born out of Rankin’s bold and fearless approach.
‘My ambition is to create film and stills that make the hairs on your neck stand up, it’s about high intensity, maximum impact – imagery that gets your pulse racing with the urgency of the V8 engine at full throttle.’ – Rankin, photo-grapher
The brief was to capture the new Vantage as the archetypal hunter, imbued with the ethos of ‘beautiful won’t be tamed’ to create a sharply focused sports car with a sense of precision and intensity. New Vantage evolved from a single line, a flowing form that encompasses the form and makes a devastatingly beautiful statement of intent.
‘The Vantage is instinctive. It’s unadorned. Stripped of armour. Raw and focused. This car was always going to be an elemental object, with lines inspired by the language of the DB10 and the dramatic forms of the Aston Martin Vulcan, a car without a traditional grille.’
– Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer
Across two shoots, a dynamic two-day session at the Atlanta Motorsports Park and a static shoot in Rankin’s Studio, Rankin and his creative team built up a portfolio that captures the true character of the new Vantage. To emphasise the primal, predatory character of the car, the shoot involved bringing a wolf into the studio – a stark and beautiful contrast with the form of the car.
‘The Vantage becomes a symbol of primal beauty,’ the photographer explains, ‘it is as much a sensual experience as it is an exhilarating one.’
‘Our design philosophy is that the Vantage is undiluted, with simple clarity of purpose,’ says Reichman, ‘Rankin has a wonderful way of capturing the car as art.’ The film, shot with actors and stunt drivers in Atlanta, also used drones and a chase car to create a dynamic and dramatic story. ‘It’s two drivers exploring the limits, vying for dominance over each other,’ Rankin explains, ‘it finishes with a tense stand-off, waiting for the next move.’
The end result captures the raw, animalistic character of this important model, the second car in Aston Martin’s Second Century plan. ‘You can’t work with an artist and then constrain their art,’ says Reichman, ‘and this is about two brands coming together to create beautiful art.’
New Vantage is a spectacular Aston Martin sports car with a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and read overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.
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