New Aston Martin Vantage Ditches V12, But Looks as Good as Ever

Aston Martin Vantage

There’s a new Aston Martin Vantage to pine for, which is a big deal considering the Vantage has been around for almost seven decades.

The new car is powered Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 delivering 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and then sent to the rear-wheels, by way of a new electronic limited-slip differential. With ample power on tap, the new Vantage can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

Beneath its stunning sheetmetal is a new bonded-aluminum structure, along with Aston Martin’s latest adaptive damping system with the choice of sport, sport plus and track modes. It rides on sticky Pirelli P Zero 255/40-20s in front and 295/35-20s in back for added grip in the corners.

Performance aside, the new Vantage no doubt looks the part of a super car. It boasts a massive, wide-open grille, a bold front fascia, an aggressive rear diffuser to keeps the back end planted, and even side vents that bleed air from the front wheel arches.

The interior is sure to keep occupants happy, thanks to loads of premium materials including perforated leather and synthetic suede, which can be personalized with a host of optional colors, materials, etc. Standard niceties include keyless entry, auto stop/start, park distance sensors, an 8-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, navigation, and iPhone connectivity.

The all-new Aston Martin Vantage will arrive in U.S. showrooms early next year with a price of $149,995.

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage