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Aston Martin's new Vantage is entry-level luxury with the looks

Aston Martin's new Vantage is entry-level luxury with the looks

Meet the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE race vehicle, which makes its debut just hours after we finally got to check out the 2018 Vantage street auto.

But with the release of the new road-going Vantage, Aston made a decision to update the racing version as well.

Despite the advanced age of the departing Vantage GTE, it roars off into the sunset as the most successful racing Aston Martin model in history, having racked-up wins across the world. But this isn't just a new body on the old race car's chassis.

The Aston Martin Vantage is the oldest auto in the British manufacturer's current range, having been around since 2005. The roof of the Vantage has a similar "double-bubble" shape of the beloved Vantage Zagato, and looks remarkably well on the auto in combination with the bold rear diffusers.

Aston Martin have used a combination of rotary and toggle style controls.

Other standard equipment includes keyless entry and auto stop/start, park distance sensors, an 8-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, navigation and iPhone playback.

Aston Martin also offer a wide range of personalisation options, including Sports Plus seats and Sports steering wheel, carbon fibre interior and exterior detailing, and a Premium Audio System. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and flawless 50:50 weight distribution, the high performance, and high efficiency engine will do the 0-100 km/h 3.6 seconds, and keeps the fun going until 310 km/h.

Under the bonnet lies a 4.0-litre V8 engine. Engineering and design work was completed at Aston Martin Racing's headquarters in Banbury, U.K. Combined with an eight-speed transmission, it produces 505hp at 6000rpm, together with 685Nm of torque between 2000 and 5000rpm, which sends the Vantage through 60mph in 3.5 seconds and onto a maximum speed of 195mph.

Electronic aids on the new vehicle include stability and torque vectoring chassis assistance, speed-dependent electric power steering and for the first time on an Aston Martin an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff).

"I'm enormously excited by what we've created: a new Vantage that's more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package", Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said in a statement.

Are you ready to buy one yet?

The Vantage is on sale now starting at $149,995.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.


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