New 2017 Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin look set to continue its offensive range of sports cars with the all-new Vantage, which could be launched later this year.  Aston Martins new Vantage is set to rival the new Porsche 911. Though, very different to the new DB11, the new Vantage has Aston Martin latest aluminium architecture. This will make all vehicles a lot lighter and a lot more faster.

Reports suggest that the design is almost identical to the DB11 – aggressive rear diffuser aside – it must be noted that this is a pre-production prototype and it is sharing the body of its sibling DB11. It’s measurements are shorter than the DB11, as most of the bodywork is borrowed from the DB11, so therefore the engine and the inner mechanism will be the real deal.

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Big changes continue under the bonnet; this will be the first car to benefit from the new powertrain deal Aston has struck with Mercedes. It means the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the Mercedes-AMG GT will be fitted – likely with around 400bhp and to be paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

Another of Aston’s ambitions is to set its models apart from one another more visually and dynamically. Matt Becker, former Lotus chassis expert and the man now in charge of vehicle dynamics at Aston, previously told us: “In terms of dynamics and sound character, it’s quite easy; we have enough tools around us.

“Because we are developing many cars at the same time we can collectively evaluate and develop [them] to make sure there’s enough difference between the products to position them in the space they need to be relative to their competitors.”

Asked if the Vantage will be the best-handling Aston to date, Becker replied: “It will be. We’re developing the car at the moment and the performance is already in a great place and there is still more to come.”

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