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Aston Martin reveals aggressive new Vantage

22 November 2017

Under the hood you'll find a by 4.0-litre, 685Nm twin-turbo V8 mated to eight-speed ZF transmission.

Under the skin of the new model is an electronic rear differential - an Aston Martin first - and with the help of a 50/50 weight distribution, this model is set up to attack corners and be exciting to drive.

The paint is hardly dry on the production prototypes of the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage, but it looks like Aston is ready to bash fenders out on the global circuit with a race-ready GTE variant. The interior has also been revamped with new style and, most importantly, Aston Martin has increased the car's headroom. A hybrid Vantage is unlikely to arrive until the next generation of the model is launched, the firm having announced plans to offer an electrified version of every new vehicle it produces from 2025 onwards.

The flanks of the new Vantage have large side-cut features just behind the front wheels, which reflect the firm's traditional side strakes and reduce pressure on the front tyres to cut drag. It has new design, however being an Aston Martin product, it has that premium looks of the Aston Martin cars. He added, "This is a golden era for GT racing and today's launch of the new Vantage GTE wil ensure that Aston Martin Racing remains at the forefront of the world's greatest endurance series". The all-new 2018 Vantage is a list of mind-blowing performance figures and technical specifications wrapped up in an aggressively styled aluminum skin.

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David King, president of Aston Martin Racing, said: "Motorsport is fundamental to the DNA of Aston Martin and our commitment to the FIA World Endurance Championship is stronger than ever". A stern test straight out of the box for the new Vantage, then, and Aston has gone for tried and tested drivers. Also, the M8 is going to be a driver's auto, much like the Vantage, while the bigger, heavier DB11 is more of a sporty GT vehicle.

In addition, since its 503-horsepower V-8 takes up less space than a V-12, the Vantage has wheelbase that's 100 millimeters (roughly four inches) shorter than the DB11's.

"I'm enormously excited by what we've created: a new Vantage that's more explicit in looks and intent", said Aston Martin's CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer.

In addition to the use of dynamic torque vectoring and the electronic locking rear differential, the new Vantage is equipped with adaptive shocks with Skyhook magnetic dampers with Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes. You can even get your center caps finished in carbon fiber. Each makes the car's performance, and its engine sound, more aggressive. The controls are grouped into clusters for different systems on a central feature.

Aston Martin reveals aggressive new Vantage