New images show next-generation, almost-production-ready Aston ahead of V8 launch

New pictures of the Aston Martin Vantage show how closely the car will resemble the DB10 when it lands later this year.

The production car's shape and stance appear near identical to the DB10, which featured in the James Bond movie Spectre, while some details also take influence from the Vulcan hypercar. Earlier sightings of the baby Aston were of a cut-up DB11 mule.

The Vantage will use a new generation of aluminium architecture that is a shortened version of the DB11’s. It is expected to be lighter and more torsionally rigid than its predecessor, improving agility.

The entry-level Aston will first arrive as a V8, adopting the Mercedes-AMG engine recently launched in the DB11. The 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 is expected to produce about 500bhp in the standard Vantage. The engine is supplied as part of a technical collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG and will use the former’s software.

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.

Like the current Vantage, a V12 variant is also due, using the same 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged engine found in the V12 DB11.

Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer has already confirmed that the new Vantage will be shown by the end of 2017, while a V12 version will arrive at a later date. A hardcore AMR-branded track car is 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!

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