Aston Martin continues testing the new generation Vantage at the Nurburgring ahead of the car’s official debut on 21 November. We have an exclusive footage of the sports car burning rubber at the Green Hell. The V8 burble sounds amazing on the notorious German race track.
Under the psychedelic camo, the baby Aston Martin resembles the DB10 Concept rather than the current flagship, the DB11, as was speculated earlier. A few leaked patent images of an Aston Martin also surfaced recently and those have now been confirmed to be strikingly identical to this prototype.
Aston Martin’s newly adopted grille which debuted in the Vulcan hypercar can be seen paired to an aggressive splitter. The headlights, although camouflaged, also seemed to be scrounged directly from the DB10. The fender vent is something that was first seen on the DB11 and is expected to make its way to all future Aston Martins. The flared wheel arches lend the Vantage a sporty stance.
The rear of the car sports a lip spoiler flanked by the sleeker taillights similar to the one seen on the current Vanquish. The Vanquish inspiration continues on the rear windscreen as well. The rear diffusers are a lot more prominent now, nicely shaped and done in gloss black with integrated exhaust tips on either side.
Powering the new Vantage will be the same 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 built by Mercedes-AMG for the AMG GT lineup, albeit reworked by Aston Martin. The Vantage will be the second vehicle to benefit from Aston Martin’s partnership with Mercedes-AMG, after the DB11 V8. The power output will be around 500bhp, enough to send the Vantage whizzing to a 100kmph from standstill in around four seconds. Aston Martin is expected to offer the new Vantage with a choice of either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Aston Martin teased the new Vantage on a couple of occasions under a veil. The covers will come off on 21 November with the V8 version. A V12 powered Vantage is expected to follow sometime next year.
Aston Martin is planning for a model offensive that includes a new car every year, seven of which will be arriving by 2023. The British marque has confirmed the launch of its first SUV, the DBX, by 2019, followed by an unnamed mid-engine supercar in 2020. However, the Vantage and the new Vanquish are in the pipeline too and will be launched first.