2018 Aston Martin Vantage has just been spotted testing at Germany’s Nürburgring motorsport complex. This model first appeared on the market in 2006 and since it has barely changed since then it is in dire need of an overhaul. And thankfully the overhaul we have been hoping for seems to be on its way.
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From what we can gather from the spy shots, the new Vantage will share a lot of things with the DB11. Not only will it take some of the DB11 stylings, but it will make use of its aluminum spaceframe platform. The platform will need to be fitted to better suit the two-seater Vantage since this model has a much shorter wheelbase and is generally more compact. Nevertheless, the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage is expected to be wider and slightly longer than the outgoing model.
On the inside, the new Vantage takes some cues from the aforementioned DB11, namely the dashboard and gauge cluster design. However, this being only a test model, these features could easily be taken directly from the DB 11 and to be replaced later with something more nuanced. Since the Vantage came out more than a decade ago, there are some new and modern electronic architecture and features we are very excited for this new 2018 version of the Vantage to have. These new features will be appropriated from Mercedes-Benz, who are investing in the new model.
This connection with Mercedes could mean that the new Vantage will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz sourced engine, preferably a version 4.0 twin-turbo V8 engine, although this is yet to be confirmed. If the Brits do make use of this V8 it will be interesting to see whether they also offer the engine in multiple power configurations like Benz does for the AMG GT. Nonetheless, this V8 is capable of some serious horsepower, 456 to be exact. There could also be an addition of the new V12 power-plant in some higher trims of the new Vantage. Furthermore, the 2018 Vantage will feature both manual and automatic transmissions, the company’s CEO has confirmed.
The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage doesn’t have an official release date, but we expect to see it debut at one of the major auto shows of the season. Perhaps the one in Frankfurt this September, while it could hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2018. We also expect the pricing to start at about $125.000. However, these are only our predictions and we are still waiting on the official information.