Seven decades as an iconic model and heartbeat of Aston Martin; the evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars – the revolutionized rendition made a grand arrival at Aston Martin New Delhi, today. First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Towns-designed V8 vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans and the much-loved V8 Vantage. Today, this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage.
“The new Vantage is the second of the seven new models in seven years under our Second Century Plan,” explained Ms. Nancy Chen, Head of Sales Operations for Aston Martin, South, and Southeast Asia, during the launch. “It (Second Century Plan) is a bold plan, and it is working. We have made a strong start with the DB11, taking Aston Martin back into profit. The new Vantage will build on this success, and take the company to greater heights.”
Mr. Yadur Kapur, Dealer Principal, Aston Martin New Delhi (Select Cars Pvt. Ltd.) and the partner for Aston Martin in India said, “We are thrilled to bring Aston Martin Vantage to
New Delhi today. This car stands unmatched both in its experience and its performance. The innovative technology, powerful engine, British craftsmanship, and purposeful design lend Vantage a strong character while making an impactful statement on the race track as well as on the road. Vantage offers the most immersive driving experience and will strike a strong chord with consumers.”
Predatory Stance-Inspired Design
The spectacular new Aston Martin Vantage is a sports car, powered by 4.0-litre, 510PS/685Nm twin-turbo V8 mated to the eight-speed transmission, is channeled by its bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent with the car. Its new head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures, giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong, individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.
Aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low-pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the car. Together with the new side gills, which have been integrated into the body surface and bleed air pressure out from the wheel arches, and the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the Vantage generates a significant level of downforce – a rarity on any production car and a first for a core production Aston Martin model. The design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic focused sports car cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favor of sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage.
Engineered for a Purposeful, Intense and Beautiful Experience
The potent new alloy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal center-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, denoting a high performance and high-efficiency engine. Deploying its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the archetypal hunter is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph, employing a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment.
For the first time on an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behavior, and react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel. At higher speeds, the E-Diff’s speed and sensitivity of response enable the system to take very fine control of the car’s dynamic behavior. It makes the car feel much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability and its cornering performance, providing the driver with increased levels of confidence to explore and enjoy the car’s capabilities to the fullest. The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation bonded aluminum structure first seen on the DB11, though some 70% of the structure’s new components are new for Vantage. Balance, strength, rigidity and weight efficiency were all priorities in the new Vantage design, as was handling purity and consistency. Thanks to the full integration of engine, transmission, E-Diff, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Damping and the electric power steering systems, each mode optimises every area of the car as one. With each step the Vantage gains in agility and responsiveness, its character becomes progressively sharper, more vocal and more exciting.
The company has taken many steps to mark its presence in India so it will be exciting to see the future of the Aston Martin in India in upcoming years.