Gaydon, Warwickshire - Aston Martin’s new Vantage is heir to an iconic name. First used in 1951 for a high-output engine option for the DB2, the Vantage soon became a model in its own right.
Much as that first Vantage was all about the engine, the 2018 version is built around Aston Martin’s new four-litre twin turbo V8, rated in this application for 375kW at 6000 revs and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm, giving the 1530kg Vantage a formidable power to weight ratio of 245kW per ton.
That translates to a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds and 312km/h flat out.
The engine is set far back in the chassis for perfect 50:50 weight distribution, driving the rear wheels via rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transaxle with an electronic limited-slip differential - a first for Aston Martin - that can go from can go from fully open to 100 percent locked in a matter of milliseconds, and is tied into the car’s dynamic stability control system, to keep the car going exactly where it’s pointed.