Aston Martin Vantage GTE is even prettier than the road auto

Aston Martin Vantage GTE is even prettier than the road auto

Aston Martin has taken the covers off its new version of the Vantage sports auto.

With 25,000 examples of the outgoing Vantage sold during its lifespan, Aston Martin hopes the new model will continue its predecessor's success.

After twelve years Aston Martin has unveiled its modern interpretation of the iconic V8 Vantage. That's what James Bond drives; that's the one that everyone points to as one of the most lovely cars in the world, and that's the one that's easy to keep track of, with generations named DB1, DB2, DB4 and so on to DB11. The 18-inch wheels are TWS forged magnesium, 12.5 inches wide up front and 13 inches in the rear.

Aston Martin says that aerodynamic performance was central to the design of the Vantage. The auto is powered by the Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, and Aston Martin says overall reliability and drivability are improved from the outgoing model.

The flanks of the new Vantage have large side-cut features just behind the front wheels, which reflect the firm's traditional side strakes and reduce pressure on the front tyres to cut drag. Now though, the firm has revealed its replacement - an all-new Vantage, set to take on the likes of the Porsche 911.

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It's still called the Vantage, but is a lot more modern both inside and out. Both will have twin-turbocharged V8s, both will hit 60 miles per hour in the low-to-mid 3-second range and both will have very sexy good looks.

Tipping the scales at 3,373 lbs and employing a front-mid-engined configuratioun, this athlete comes with a 50:50 weight distribution, while being the first Aston Martin to pack an electronically-controlled rear diff with torque vectoring. But it's not all about performance - the cabin lifts plenty of aspects from Mercedes-AMG road cars, including the infotainment system. Combined with an eight-speed transmission, it produces 505hp at 6000rpm, together with 685Nm of torque between 2000 and 5000rpm, which sends the Vantage through 60mph in 3.5 seconds and onto a maximum speed of 195mph. "Like the Ford GT", you might be thinking, but we suspect this is a more evenly split effort between race and road.

Industry observers suggest a V12 version of the vehicle is likely to launch later, but not a hybrid as Aston Martin's already announced plans to offer electrified versions of all its cars are scheduled from 2025, suggesting the next generation of Vantage will be the first with electric power.

Meanwhile, if you're looking to get your hands on the 510 hp toy, you should be prepared to pay at least $149,995 for the thing.

The 2019 Vantage has a striking, sculptural design that not only looks stunning, but serves to enhance the car's aerodynamics.

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