Spied: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage caught testing on the Ring

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Aston Martin Vantage to be all-new come 2018

Aston Martin's smallest GT will be all-new come 2018 after our spy photographers snapped some pictures of what looks to be the new-generation Vantage.

At first glance, the 2018 Vantage appears to resemble the new DB11. A closer look however, revealed that the camouflaged car is shorter compared to the flagship model in terms of length. Moreover, the Vantage gets a different set of taillights. This could mean that the Vantage will retain its 2-seat layout compared to the DB11's 2+2 seating configuration.

Underpinning the 2018 Vantage will be a shortened aluminum chassis based off the DB11. With it, the all-new Vantage will be longer, wider and slightly lower than the outgoing model.

The new 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 is expected to make its way in the 2018 Vantage as a range-topping model, though worth noting is the addition of a new twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. This was made possible after the Gaydon-based automaker inked a technical partnership with Daimler, Mercedes-Benz and AMG's parent company, back in 2013.

The car shown in the images is apparently driven by the new twin-turbo V8 according to our spy photographers.

Transmission options may still include the tried and tested 6-speed manual, along with the new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The coupe version of the 2018 Vantage may arrive around the end of 2017, while the roadster variant may follow suit after a few months.

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