New 2019 Aston Martin Vantage
There’s a lot that rides on the latest Aston Martin Vantage. It’s not just another luxury car. The burden that’s on this new model from the British brand is far greater than sales targets and defeating new, formidable competitors like Porsche 911 GTS, Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GT, and McLaren 540C. The burden is of successfully replacing the old Vantage, which is the bestselling Aston Martin model ever. And the new modeling is nothing short of promising! Out of all modern luxury cars for sale, you’ll find Vantage has an advantageous ground.
The overhaul of the Vantage is nothing short of radical. When it comes to model revamp, Aston Martin has been going on a quiet, subtle way about it. We got the DB11 family first with turbocharge all thanks to the V12 grand tourer DB9. Aston Martin has been doing more from hypercars and supercars to even an electric saloon.
Now, let’s get back to why it’s such a burden for the Vantage revamp. The old Vantage has been a bestseller. Over its 11-year lifespan, 16,000+ Vantage models have been sold. At that point of time, the Vantage was sportier, smaller, and a tad bit sharper than its siblings. The lines were blurred at that time about the distinction between sports and GT models. Now, the line is crisp and sharp. The DB11 is the GT and the Vantage is the sports car of the lineup. It’s only fair that the Vantage also evolves to something sharper.
The beginning signs are promising – the latest Aston Martin Vantage has dramatic looks when it comes to interior as well as exterior styling. There’s also an undeniable influence from minority stakeholder Mercedes.
The Aston Martin-Mercedes-AMG tie-up enables the latest Vantage to replace the natural aspiration with turbo power. The old Vantage’s natural aspiration V8 was good, but surely that doesn’t beat a 4-litre twin turbo V8 in performance and eco cred. This is the same model that you’ll find in the top AMG flight models from Mercedes. A 510PS, 685Nm engine gives a huge gain over the Vantage of the old times. 0-62mph in a bare 3.6 seconds with a 195mph top speed available from a low torque of 2000rpm: the new Vantage engine is a powerhouse.
There are lots of supercars for sale, but few beat those that are serious revamps over already famous models. A quick summary over at ForSaleCarsUK gives us valuable insights. An all-aluminium structure taking cues from the DB11 promises a very high strength with low weight. Handling guru and former Lotus stalwart Matt Becker ensures the all-new suspension set-up is a fine, industrial system for the modern Aston Martin Vantage.
The brand’s German benefactor’s pioneering experience in car tech enables the car to have cutting-edge infotainment and trouble-free running.
The eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox is smooth as butter. High speeds and stability (partly thanks to the electrical differential aids) means a lot of driving fun.
The price point: how valid is it? is it a supercar?
£121,000: Aston Martin requires you to spend six-figures to join the club with the new Vantage model. A six-figure price point still doesn’t guarantee the all-round ability that comes with a competitor like the Porsche 911 but the new Vantage makes up for it in performance and characteristic presence.
It’s also the car that fits suitably in the Aston Martin portfolio.