Wheels (Australia) - - First Drives -

It might have burst back into the pub­lic psy­che in 2005 with this car’s pre­de­ces­sor, but the Van­tage moniker has a rich his­tory in As­ton Martin folk­lore. First ap­plied in 1951 on the DB2 to dis­tin­guish a high­per­for­mance de­riv­a­tive with a ‘Van­tage en­gine’, the first stand­alone Van­tage was the short-lived, 4.0-litre six-pot model of 1972. Grad­u­ally po­si­tioned as AM’S flag­ship with ever beefier V8s, the Van­tage in­tro­duced As­ton’s all-new 6.0litre V12 in 2000 with the DB7. The Van­tage is now As­ton Martin’s most pop­u­lar model.

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