New Looks, New Tech, And New Opportunities
The new baby-Aston took the company into the area of latest tech gizmos and to the segment of cars which feel liberated only on the track. DB11 isn’t like that - despite its massively powerful engine. That one is a grand tourer. This one, however, is James Bond’s partner. Forget the martini, the Vantage is the real deal.
Now, I am not reporting its track-focused nature for the sake of thrill and drama alone. Although based on top of the DB11 chassis, Aston Martin officials report that 70 percent of the chassis on the new V8 Vantage is all new. Unlike the plusher and longer (by almost a foot) DB11, the 2019 V8 Vantage sports a solid-mounted rear axle. No bushings or any damping rubbery hardware here. Sure, there are some who won’t forgive the harshness of the ride. Well, at least not before they take the Vantage to the track and select the third driving mode - the Track. Stiffening the suspension, ramping up the throttle response and sharpening the e-diff response, the latest Aston Martin V8 Vantage will undoubtedly provide thrilling performance, perfect for extreme track shenanigans.
All of you who are into Aston Martin most certainly know that previous iterations of the Vantage were made with a mechanically limited slip diff. However, this iteration is faster, more refined and electronically controlled. Aston Martin stresses this will dramatically improve track behavior. Going from fully open to 100 percent locked in a matter of milliseconds should give it better straight-line stability, more refined cornering and, as a consequence, better lap times - anywhere.
Stunning outside the Track as well
For more subtle driving style, drivers can additionally choose between the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes. For the street and twisties, of course.
E-diff can be used to its full potential thanks to a proper powerhouse residing under the bonnet. Moved as much to the back and as low as possible, the AMG V8, already well-known from the AMG GT and other AMG iterations, provides 503hp and 505 lb-ft of torque. Generally speaking, the new Aston Martin Vantage has definitely hit a jackpot with this powerhouse. Gifting all the grunt to the bespoke Pirelli P Zeros at the back, the V8 can accelerate the 3,373 lbs. car to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and up to 195 mph. All of this channeled via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.