Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen is latest to sample next-generation, almost-production-ready Aston Matin; it's due on 21 November

The next Aston Martin Vantage will have "more than 500hp and 505lb ft of torque" when it is revealed on the 21 November.

Aston Martin dynamics chief engineer Matt Becker revealed the statistics and also that the Vantage will have a dry weight of 1530kg in a new promotional video (below), which features Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage revealed

Verstappen has provided Aston Martin engineers with feedback on the car as part of the brand's partnership with the Formula 1 racer's team. Part of his stint in the car, which will use the Mercedes-AMG V8 engine recently launched in the DB11, is shown in the video.

The Vantage's 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 is supplied as part of a technical collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG and will use the former’s software. In the V8 DB11, it's good for 503bhp, suggesting the Vantage could produce the same.

That extra power over the existing 430bhp in the current V8 Vantage is set to help undercut the outgoing 0-62mph time of 4.8sec, edging the car closer to 4.0sec. The top speed will exceed 190mph.  Aston Martin is expected to offer the new Vantage with a choice of a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Becker also confirms that the car's wheelbase is 100mm shorter than the DB11 in the video. The new car's aluminium structure is based on the one used by its larger sibling, but will be engineered to offer enhanced agility and adjustability.

The car featured in the video is a second-phase development model, having come after the first mule and with two more cars due to follow. Although the Vantage's design is yet to be finalised, the current test car offers a good insight to how it'll look.

It sports a cleaner front end with a far more prominent grille than on the DB10, to which it has in the past been compared in terms of styling. Patent images that more clearly show the exterior's design (they first appeared on Autoguide) also reveal a large rear diffuser, and subdued styling, with the lights occupying a thin strip on the car's top trailing edge.

The car will feature a full-length rear light strip - a fashionable design trend that's also applied to models such as the new Porsche 911.

Like the current Vantage, a V12 variant is also due, using the same 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged engine found in the V12 DB11. A hardcore AMR-branded track car and GTE racer are also likely to be on the agenda.

The V8 Vantage will cost slightly more than the current car’s £94,995 starting price.

As part of a new model blitz, all of Aston Martin’s key cars will be refreshed and joined by an all-new DBX SUV and Lagonda. The electric RapidE was also confirmed earlier this year as a limited-run model to enter production in 2019.

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2 August 2017

Aston has one of the best looking grills in automotive history.   Ian Callum spent several attempts just to get it right on the DB7, and it's the bit you have to get just rigth.

 

They didn't on the DB10 for Bond (and wasted a lot of DB10s on that terrible car chase - would have been ok if they hadn't spliced him in to a phone call!).

 

The grill should intrude in to the bonnet, and the bonnet has to go in sympathy with it.   It doesn't look to be doing that here, and that's not going to be as effective, or as good looking.

 

Not too late to fix it???

2 August 2017
Symanski wrote:

It doesn't look to be doing that here, and that's not going to be as effective, or as good looking.

 

Not too late to fix it???

I think this lower DB10-style grille works well with the shorter wheelbase... It gives the bonnet area more space, so the overall shape looks more elegant. The previous Vantage always looked a bit too smooshed-in at the front.

5 September 2017
Symanski wrote:

Aston has one of the best looking grills in automotive history.   Ian Callum spent several attempts just to get it right on the DB7, and it's the bit you have to get just rigth.

 

They didn't on the DB10 for Bond (and wasted a lot of DB10s on that terrible car chase - would have been ok if they hadn't spliced him in to a phone call!).

 

The grill should intrude in to the bonnet, and the bonnet has to go in sympathy with it.   It doesn't look to be doing that here, and that's not going to be as effective, or as good looking.

 

Not too late to fix it???

Absolutely correct. Like the Rolls Royce grille, the Aston Martin grille is a grille with a shape from history,(and partly determined by  function.) It's shaped like that to fit under the headlights. And because of that shape, it  provides a recognisable face that says' Aston' It is not a two dimensional graphic device that can be moved anywhere else over the front of the car. If that is done, the reason for it's shape is removed and it becomes dis-honest design. Remove the shape from it's reason for being and it no longer is honest. No-one likes 'fake' on an Aston Martin. Move the grille back up to the edge of the bonnet where it belongs make it an honest grille with a function, not some sort of snarling rictus.

2 August 2017

Not sure I love the DB10 sharky-nose either, but I'll wait to see it. I hope the mirror mount doesn't wrap around the base of the windshield pillar as on the DB11 -- makes it look broken at its base. HATE that the V8 will be an off-the-shelf AMG engine -- shameful. So happy that the V12 is still an Aston engine.

Sonic, to each his own, but IMO the current V8 Vantage (especially in its early, 2005-2012.25MY form) is one of the best-looking cars ever made.

2 August 2017
Speedraser wrote:

Sonic, to each his own, but IMO the current V8 Vantage (especially in its early, 2005-2012.25MY form) is one of the best-looking cars ever made.

The current Vantage is still a beautiful looking car, just I think the new one has better front-end proportions. The outgoing Vantage, old Vanquish and DB9 are all still definitely some of the best looking cars ever made.

5 September 2017

aside from the grill size and location etc, it looks lovely and has a nicer rear end compared to the DB11.

5 September 2017

That's one sad face on that car!

26 October 2017

What have 5hey done to the front end its a disaster - the vantage was one of the most beautiful cars in the world and now OMG  - why a nose cone - may as well be a jag although im sad to say thats better looking - this resembles a tesla - no bonnet vents either ?! Suppose you could drive everywhere in reverse!

27 October 2017

It going look the DB10 but V8 Vantage badge. Talks it should be 007 next car. But Bond fans want him in DB11 or next Vanquish. Hopefully with gadgets.

10 November 2017

It about time. Bond fans are wait to see the new Aston Martin Vantage to see wheather it suit James Bond in his next adventure,

 

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