The next-generation Aston Martin Vantage is nearly upon us, so we take the time to look back at the cars it shares its namesake with.
The name stretches back to the DB2 Vantage of 1950, a reworked version of the DB2, but we pick up when the name was first used on a standalone model.
1977 - V8 VANTAGE
In 1977 Aston Martin launched a Vantage that used a 5.3-litre V8 that produced 375bhp housed beneath a quintessentially British body. Later ramped up to offer 404bhp, the two-door bruiser earned the title of ‘Britain’s first supercar’.
1993 - V8 VANTAGE
The Vantage name was next used for a high-performance variant of the Virage. It used a twinsupercharged 5.3-litre V8 good for 550bhp and then, after an upgrade, 600bhp. Just 280 cars were made.
1999 - DB7 VANTAGE
The introduction of a V12 engine into the DB7 brought with it the return of the Vantage name. Its 5.9-litre 48-valve engine produced 420bhp. Its arrival led to the culling of the six-cylinder DB7.
2005 - V8 and V12 VANTAGE
Unlike its closest predecessors, the latest Vantage arrived as a standalone model. It exists in both V8 and V12 forms, with the latter’s 5.9-litre unit good for up to 595bhp in the AMR variant.