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For seven decades the heart­beat of As­ton Martin’s purest mod­els, the Van­tage name­plate has been worn by some true icons. Today this for­mi­da­ble sport­ing dy­nasty is poised to hit new heights with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new Van­tage

Pure, sculp­tural forms of the new Van­tage cre­ates an ath­letic, preda­tory stance, while the min­i­mal front and rear over­hangs, mus­cu­lar flanks and broad haunches ex­press the agility and dy­namism in­her­ent within the car. New head and tail­lights form dra­matic new sig­na­tures giv­ing the Van­tage un­mis­tak­able road pres­ence and con­trib­ute to a strong and in­di­vid­ual iden­tity within the grow­ing As­ton Martin model range.

The de­sign story con­tin­ues in­side the Van­tage, with a dy­namic and fo­cused sports car cock­pit that re­jects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, fo­cused lines de­not­ing the more ag­gres­sive na­ture of the car. The in­te­rior also of­fers gen­er­ous stowage space, with use­able room be­hind the seats and gen­er­ous dou­ble-tier stor­age ar­eas.

The heart of the Van­tage is As­ton Martin’s po­tent new al­loy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 en­gine. Set low and as far back in the chas­sis as pos­si­ble for op­ti­mal cen­treof-grav­ity and per­fect 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, this high per­for­mance, high ef­fi­ciency en­gine re­turns a CO2 fig­ure of

*245g/km yet de­vel­ops 510PS at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm.

For the first time on an As­ton Martin the new Van­tage also fea­tures an Elec­tronic Rear Dif­fer­en­tial (E-Diff). This dif­fer­en­tial is linked to the car’s elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tem, so it can un­der­stand the car’s be­hav­iour, and re­act ac­cord­ingly to di­rect the en­gine’s power to the rel­e­vant wheel. Un­like a con­ven­tional LSD, it can go from fully open to 100% locked in a mat­ter of mil­lisec­onds. At higher speeds, the Elec­tronic Dif­fer­en­tial’s speed and sen­si­tiv­ity of re­sponse en­ables the sys­tem to take very fine con­trol of the car’s dy­namic be­hav­iour.

The chas­sis is an evo­lu­tion of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion bonded alu­minium struc­ture first seen on the DB11, though some 70 per cent of the struc­ture’s com­po­nents are new for Van­tage. High­lights of the chas­sis in­clude a solidly mounted rear sub­frame for an en­hanced feel­ing of di­rect con­nec­tion for the driver, new Pirelli P Zero tyres de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for new Van­tage and the lat­est gen­er­a­tion Adap­tive Damp­ing Sys­tem which in­cor­po­rates Sky­hook tech­nol­ogy and of­fers the choice of Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes.

Be­ing an As­ton Martin, the new Van­tage also fea­tures a high level of crafts­man­ship, ev­i­denced by flaw­less paint­work, lux­u­ri­ous Al­can­tara® and leather up­hol­stery and the lev­els of fin­ish op­ti­mised through the use of tac­tile nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als of the high­est qual­ity.

There is also ex­ten­sive scope for per­son­al­i­sa­tion via a gen­er­ous choice of op­tions. These in­clude forged al­loy wheels in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes, Sports Plus Col­lec­tion (com­pris­ing Sports Plus seats and Sports steer­ing wheel), car­bon fi­bre in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­tail­ing and a Pre­mium Au­dio Sys­tem.

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