It's official, Aston Martin just held the Southeast Asia debut of the all-new Vantage at the 2018 Bangkok International Motor Show. Featuring a revamped design, along with a twin-turbo powerplant, the new V8 Vantage builds upon the success of the original Vantage 12 years ago and gets plenty of new tech under its metal skin.
Starting off with its exterior, the new Vantage exudes an 'athletic, predatory stance' that is highlighted by its long hood, short deck design. The front fascia features a low-slung front grill along with eye-catching LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights. Meanwhile, the rear gets uniquely-shaped taillights, a prominent rear diffuser and massive dual exhaust pipes.
Step inside and you are greeted by a sporty interior tailored specfically for the car's 'more aggressive design'. Sharp lines, splashes of carbon fiber and neat touches of leather and fabric give the Vantage its unique cabin. Equipped as standard on the Vantage is a seven-speed manual transmission. However, there is the option of having it with an eight-speed automatic which can be controlled by a set of buttons.
Under the hood is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. It doles out a healthy 510 PS along with a gut-pulling 685 Nm of torque. The Vantage can sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 312 km/h.
Besides its engine, the all-new Vantage also comes with a bonded aluminum frame which allowed Aston Martin to make it lightweight and rigid for better handling and stability. Its frame is derived from the DB11 but Aston Martin stated that 70-percent of its parts are unique only to the Vantage. Other features present in the Vantage include adaptive suspension, torque vectoring, electric power steering and an electronic rear differential.
Expect the Vantage to make its debut in the Philippine market around the middle of this year.