Aston Martin has been making the Vantage for 74 years. The current generation of the two-door GT car has been on sale since 2018, and after six years on the market, it’s getting a massive update. Think of it like a regular mid-cycle facelift, but full of mechanical things that you really care about. New camshafts, revised gears, chassis modifications, that sort of thing. It also looks much better.
The end result of these changes is naturally impressive. The Vantage’s Mercedes 4.0-liter V8 engine now produces a massive 656 horsepower (665 hp), up 153 horsepower from the old car. This isn’t the result of a few extra pounds of boost, but of the aforementioned cams, bigger turbos and a changed compression ratio. In total, three new heat exchangers have been added to manage both coolant and charge air temperatures. The oil cooler is also larger. It seems like there’s a lot of heat here.
The AMG V8 is backed by the proven ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels via an electronic limited-slip differential. The final differential ratio was shortened to 3.083:1 to allow quicker acceleration, but this did not affect the Vantage’s top speed on long legs. The new Aston can not only sprint to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, but also reach a top speed of 202 mph.
The new Vantage, like the old car, is stuck. In the automotive world, this is called bonding. The nature of the process allows for some flexibility in chassis construction, which Aston decided to take advantage of. The new car received a revised underbody which adds torsional rigidity. The company also repositioned one of the main front crossmembers, which it says increases the stiffness of the suspension mounting points and improves steering feel. The strut brace is also lighter and stiffer. Who doesn’t love a lighter, stiffer strut brace?
Chassis rigidity has also been improved at the rear with a variety of changes, which allow the car’s new Bilstein DTX adaptive dampers to work even better. It’s difficult to quantify on paper what all this adds up to, but Aston insists that behind the wheel there are tangible differences between the new and old configurations.
The software allows all these hardware modifications. Aston says the car’s various traction management modes, launch control system and electronic power steering have all been redesigned to deliver more performance and driver engagement. The company has talked at length about how all of these systems collect data and work, but the real test will be how it all adds up on a winding road.
Stopping all this technology is a braking system consisting of 400mm steel front discs with six-piston calipers and 360mm rear discs with four-piston calipers. A carbon ceramic package is also optional, which eliminates nearly 60 pounds of unsprung weight.
There are more changes going on here than can reasonably be listed outside of a spreadsheet, but at the end of the day, you just have to look at it. It’s more than an inch wider than the outgoing car and the body panels have been significantly redone. It is a two-door GT car with the engine in the front and the wheels in the rear. The proportions can only be wrong. We’ve also seen most of this car before at Daytona, which no one seemed to notice.
Deliveries of the new Vantage will begin in the second quarter of 2024, and pricing will likely be announced around that time as well.
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