Aston Martin has launched the new-gen V8 Vantage in India amid much fanfare with a price tag of Rs 2.95 crore. Cued from James Bond’s DB10 Concept, the new Vantage was revealed to the world late last year. Talking about the new Baby Aston, chief designer Miles Nurnberger, says, “If the DB11 is the gentleman, the Vantage is the hunter”. So here is everything you need to know about the third-gen V8 Vantage.
Built ground-up, the Vantage is more powerful, light, fast and also more expensive than the outgoing model. The characteristic stance is retained but the fascia is all-new with sleek headlamps similar to the Spectre movie car. The bulging clamshell bonnet is pure muscle and it meets the new gaping grille which has been inspired by the Vulcan hypercar. The front fender has an air vent but is differently styled compared to the one seen on the DB11.
The silhouette is that of a proper sports car. The fastback silhouette is very attractive and the car sits on 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres. Meanwhile, the rear looks stunning with a stout tail decorated with sleek tail lights running across the posterior. But what catches the attention are those massive diffusers with integrated circular exhaust tips sticking out on either side. The new Vantage looks clean and aggressive at the same time. Although there is no active aerodynamics, the Vantage produces downforce with the help of its low-slung nose, tight rear boot lip, flat underbody and the massive rear diffuser. The Vantage tips the scale at 1,530kg.
As you’d expect from the British marque, the cabin is wrapped in the most exotic materials imaginable. The driver-focused interior takes many controls and bits from Mercedes-AMG as a part of Aston’s deal with the folks at Affalterbach. So the centre console buttons arranged in a triangular fashion, the infotainment controls and centre console are straight out from the Merc. However, the overall layout is very fancy and is in a league of its own.
Now under the hood is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG that also powers the DB11 V8. Set as far behind from the front axle as possible, the V8 produces 503bhp and 685Nm. All the firepower is sent to the rear wheels via ZF eight-speed paddle-shifting transmission. The new Vantage is the first Aston Martin to be fitted with an e-differential. The car hits 0-100 in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 315kmph.