Aston Martin set to unveil new Vantage
Aston Martin is gearing up to reveal its next Vantage model, with a cryptic (and, actually, rather devoid of any meaningful content) email sent to customers earlier today.
The email teased: “Let the countdown to 21st November 2017 begin.”
According to Autocar, the entry-level Aston will first arrive as a V8, adopting the Mercedes-AMG engine recently launched in the DB11.
(We’ll just slip it in there because we can - it’s worth remembering that the world technically missed out on the DB10 because Daniel Craig’s James Bond claimed that one exclusively for the movie Spectre in 2015.)
Anyway, the new Vantage… its 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine is expected to produce about 500bhp, with the engine being supplied as part of a collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG.
The extra power (over the 430bhp in the existing V8 Vantage) is set to help undercut the 0-62mph time closer to four seconds - the top speed will come pretty close to 200mph meanwhile.
It’s expected that Aston Martin will offer the new Vantage with the choice of a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Like the current Vantage, a V12 variant is also in the pipeline, and Autocar reckons this will use the same 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged engine found in the V12 DB11.
As for price point - the V8 Vantage will cost slightly more than the current car’s £95k starting price so don’t expect much change from £100,000 if you do pick the basic model.
We’ll bring you more information as soon as we have it.