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motoring


THE AWESOME NEW


ASTON MAR T


L UXUR Y REVIEW Yves de Contades


TIN


he Vantage is impressive, a real leap forward for Aston Martin. Yes, they’ve always looked good while the drive has lagged behind, but this absolutely blows you away with its thrilling and exciting


performance. It looks magnificent too, the new bonnet that has so many people crying in their pistons is taken from the track only Vulcan and is proof that the new designers are on brand. The Aston Martin front has been so copied that they had to upgrade and this is a superb evolution of Aston Martin’s history, a lithe sleek sports front with elongated eyes that captures and modernises the brand perfectly.


The Vantage was designed by Marek Reichman (from Sheffield) who also created, amongst others, the Vulcan and the Rolls Royce Phantom, and he clearly gets the Aston Martin brand, I look forward to seeing what he does next. The Aston Martin Vantage is a leap forward into the present, employing all the latest technology to make this car a confident performer worthy on any race track.


The Vantage is a sportier two seater version of the DB11, 28 cm shorter with the Aston Martin tweaked AMG 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine that pumps out 503 bhp with a maximum speed of 195 mph blasting from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. It’s the first Aston to have electronic


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rear differential so that when you corner the inner and outer wheels will turn independently at just the right speed for perfect traction, and the dynamic torque maintains the right power for the best grip in slippery road conditions. Dynamic stability control and adaptive damping also play a big part in making this incredibly powerful car so easy to drive.


The engine on the Vantage has been lowered and set further back which is why the dashboard bulges at you menacingly, so it now has a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and this really shows in the handling. It is rear wheel drive so you can slide to your hearts content around corners, or simply spin the wheels as you take off on your favourite track.


A front splitter channels the air both to cool the engine and to create low pressure under the car, increasing the downforce, as does the minimalist spoiler at the back. The body is made out of extruded aluminium with a stainless steel exhaust system, somewhat like the body of a guitar fused with a saxophone, helping to amplify the incredible engine sound.


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