Friday, February 23, 2024

2025 Aston Martin Vantage revealed with huge power boost, spicier style

The 2025 Aston Martin Vantage is here, and it’s the most significant update we’ve seen for the model in some time. And in case you thought this was a Super Bowl tie-in thanks to the timing, we’re sad to say that no, there won’t be an Aston Martin Super Bowl ad to coincide with this release – Aston just decided it was a good time to reveal their car… minutes after the big match kicked off.

That said, say goodbye to the old style and hello to the new look that already makes us associate it with the still-fresh DB12. Aston really bulked up when designing the new Vantage. It’s 1.1 inches wider than before. Its new grille is 38% larger than before for additional cooling power. The new splitter gives it a wider and lower stance. The new Matrix LED headlights bring a touch of modernity to the front. The sides of the Vantage will look familiar, but look closer and you’ll notice wider wheel arches, frameless mirrors and fold-out door handles. The changes at the rear are subtle, but the bumper is wider and a new (larger) quad exhaust appears – its very recognizable LED taillights remain.

Where Aston really spent its lunch money was on improving the powertrain and chassis. AMG’s hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood is fully tested for a huge increase in power. It now develops 656 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, increases of 153 and 85 respectively. This represents a huge improvement in performance, and Aston now claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph thanks to it. Aston says the new engine features modified cam profiles, an optimized compression ratio, larger turbos and a whole host of additional cooling capabilities. It has an additional radiator, two auxiliary coolers suspended from the main radiator and a new auxiliary oil cooler offering much greater cooling potential than before. Of course, there’s that new giant mouth that also allows for cooler airflow.

All this power is transmitted through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. Aston claims it has a shorter final drive ratio for punchier response and new shift calibration for quicker shifts than before. Its improved acceleration is aided by a new launch control system that lets you determine exactly how much wheel slip you want via a new customizable traction control system.

The chassis carries over, but Aston says it’s much improved over the previous Vantage. It features a repositioned and redesigned front crossmember that increases the rigidity of the suspension mounting point. A stiffer front engine crossmember, lateral reinforcement between the rear suspension towers, and reinforcement of the front and rear body arches all create a stiffer structure. The new adaptive dampers can be changed via your mode selection depending on the conditions. The new Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires are mounted on 21-inch forged wheels to transmit all this new performance to the ground. And the Vantage uses a new electric power steering system with a new steering column designed to provide more feedback to the driver. A revised brake booster is installed, resulting in a better brake pedal, and if cast iron brakes aren’t enough, you can also use carbon ceramic, saving 52.5 pounds of unsprung weight.

Aston boasts that its new chassis control systems – stability control, adjustable traction control, electronic differential and integrated brake slip control – do more for the updated Vantage than it seems on paper to make the much more nimble and rewarding car to drive – we’re particularly excited about the many levels of customizable traction control and the idea of ​​trying them out to see how they work.

The interior of this new Vantage is completely redone and closely resembles that of the DB12. It features Aston’s new in-house infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly on its 10.25-inch touchscreen. A new digital cluster sits alongside the in-dash infotainment system, and the combination of physical and touch controls seems to be a joy to use. The dashboard in general looks much more premium and aged than before. And if you want an upgraded audio system, a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system can optionally replace the standard 11-speaker setup. There are even driver assistance systems like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and much more.

Aston says the 2025 Vantage will begin production in the first quarter of this year and plans to make first deliveries in the second quarter, but did not provide initial pricing.

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