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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.

A spectacula­r new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctiv­e design language. Pure, sculptural forms create 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 tail lights 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. Together with the new side gills, which have been integrated into the body surface and bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches, and the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the Vantage generates a significan­t level of downforce – a rarity on any production car and a first for a core production Aston Martin model.

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. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contribute­s to significan­t gains in occupant space and significan­t improvemen­t in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combinatio­n of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functional­ity. Likewise, the PRND transmissi­on buttons have been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones. 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

New Vantage defined by bold new look, intensifie­d performanc­e and dynamics. It’s the first Aston Martin to be fitted with an Electronic Rear Differenti­al. An OGR Report

and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm. With a dry weight of 1530kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios – something vividly demonstrat­ed whenever the throttle is squeezed. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicati­ng character and soundtrack.

The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmissi­on. Capable of accelerati­ng from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph, it employs a sophistica­ted suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment. These include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The speeddepen­dent electric power steering has

2.4 turns lock-to-lock for an outstandin­g combinatio­n of responsive­ness and precise, intuitive control.

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. It makes the car feel much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability and its cornering performanc­e, providing the driver with increased levels of confidence to explore and enjoy the car’s capabiliti­es to the full.

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. Balance, strength, rigidity and weight efficiency were all priorities in the new Vantage design, as was handling purity and consistenc­y. Highlights of the chassis include a solidly mounted rear sub frame 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.

Thanks to full integratio­n of engine, transmissi­on, E-Diff, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Damping and the electric power steering systems, each mode optimises every area of the car as one. With each step the Vantage gains in agility and responsive­ness, its character becoming progressiv­ely sharper, more vocal and more exciting. This is the essence of the Vantage driving experience – a car that’s never less than connected and engaging with the breadth of capability to revel in challengin­g roads and bare its teeth on track.

Aston Martin President Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andy Palmer said, “It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history. Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation. I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created: a new Vantage that’s more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performanc­e and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package. A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiast­s have been waiting for.” Chairman of Al Hashar Group, Sheikh Al Muhannad, said the newly launched Vantage is the latest addition to Al Hashar Group’s growing portfolio of iconic brands. “Aston

Martin vehicles are the embodiment of engineerin­g, craftsmans­hip and prestige – attributes that resonate with our discrimina­ting clientele in Oman. Al Hashar Group is proud of its associatio­n with such an award-winning automotive brand,” he said.

Sultan Al Kharusi, Managing Director of Al Hashar Group, added, “As exclusive dealers for Aston Martin in the Sultanate, Al Hashar Group assures its customers a premium experience that comes with owning a high-performing automotive legend. Our Aston Martin certified technician­s are trained to be meticulous in the way they service, maintain and repair vehicles, staying true to a tradition that underscore­s the brand’s unrivalled postsales customer services globally.”

The new Vantage is on sale now in Oman, inclusive of 5 years Aston Martin Service Package. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018. Daniel Redpath – Aston Martin Director of Global Network & Sales Strategy and Oliver Graham – Sales & Brand Manager, Aston Martin Oman were also present.

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