Aston Martin is on a path to resurgence. It has partnered with Mercedes-Benz, resulting in the beautiful-yet-amazing DB11. That car, single-handedly, has turned around Aston Martin’s fortunes. However, the brand does not make grand tourers only but sports cars too. This means there is always room for the Vantage. Speaking of the Vantage, the last-gen model was sent off in a befitting manner – with a monstrous V12 mated to a dog-leg 7-speed manual gearbox. Now, like the DB11, the Vantage is a new generation model and costs Rs 2.95 crore (ex-showroom, 20 units allocated to India for 2018). Let’s see what it is made of and whether it can fend off its rivals.
|Specifications||2019 Aston Martin Vantage|
|Price||Rs 2.95 crore (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||All-aluminium, water-to-air charge cooled, twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive|
|Front Suspension||Independent type, double wishbone with adaptive dampers|
|Rear Suspension||Independent type, multi-link with adaptive dampers|
|Front Brake||400mm discs|
|Rear Brake||360mm discs|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||73 litres|
What’s new about the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage?
Since it is an all-new model, there is a lot new about Aston Martin Vantage. Let’s start with the design of the car. Wow! This car’s design grows on a person. For some, it is not easy to like at one glance. However, the more one looks at it, the better it feels. Here’s a sacrilegious statement for auto enthusiasts – this car looks better than its rivals from around the world. Why?
This car does not look razor-sharp, something most sports car designs aim for. It does not provide a sense of motion while standing like most of its Italian rivals try to achieve. Instead, there is a sense of purpose to it, a sense of aggressiveness even. It’s like what Bruce Lee talked about in Tao of Jeet Kune Do – a calm and relaxed warrior who is always ready to strike with full force.
Further accentuating this feeling are the styling elements on the car. The big grille (along with the lip spoiler) looks like it will swallow other cars. The squinty headlights show a mean side of the car, a feel few cars get right. The pronounced creases in the bonnet and the muscular wheel arches convey that this car is no slouch and means business all the time.
On the side, the gill has a visual impact too. It makes the car look like an injured animal that is in a fight for its life and won’t hold back. The single wraparound taillamp (coupled with that integrated spoiler) looks menacing. The two tailpipes, one sitting on each side, feel like they are flamethrowers. The rear diffuser shows that this car may be bare-chested, but it knows finesse too.
Inside, the car feels as purposeful as it is luxurious. Almost every surface is covered with leather. There are brushed aluminium and carbon-fibre inserts in the car. Not to be missed is the contrast-stitching, the infotainment display and buttons. Also, since the car is available with an automatic gearbox, there are buttons to operate the same. There is no pretentious gear shift stick or a rotary dial. Fuss-free is this car’s mantra and, at least in design and styling departments, it has achieved that.
However, the Aston Martin Vantage is not all about its design. What powers it is equally as impressive. Underpinned by a bonded aluminium chassis (like the DB11), 70 per cent of chassis components are unique to the Vantage. As a result, it is 284mm shorter than the DB11, and 34mm shorter than a 911. An all-aluminium 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine sits under the car’s bonnet. Utilizing water-to-air charge cooling and 10.5:1 compression ratio, this engine has a total output of 510HP power and 685Nm torque. All that power, coupled with its dry weight of 1530kg, helps the car propel from 0-100kmph in just 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 314kmph.
Helping this car in these impressive feats is a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. This rear-wheel drive car has an e-diff (for the first time in Aston’s history). Up front is a double wishbone independent suspension. The rear makes do with a multi-link suspension. There are adaptive dampers on all four wheels. Behind the 20-inch wheels up front hide massive 400mm brake discs. At the rear, stopping is handled by 360mm brake discs. Notable driving aids on the car include Dynamic Torque Vectoring, three driving modes, and Positive Torque Control.
Is the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage worth consideration?
For those who have the money, it is worth consideration. For those who understand how the Aston Martin brand works, this car is worth buying. The Aston Martin Vantage does not march to anyone’s beat. It beats its own drum and does so so loudly, it sounds glorious. Does it need to do so? No. But it can. And that’s its charm.
The point with the Aston Martin Vantage is that it is an emotional product. It does not try to attract its buyers with numbers and engineering feats. However, it has been pain-stakingly engineered and has numbers to back-up the results. This only proves that when the time comes, the Aston Martin Vantage can show its owners what it is capable of. At other times, it won’t even care. However, it will always be ready to let its owner have some fun.
In the end, for those who can, they should get one. There are few cars that have a sense of purpose to them. Fewer still do it better than an Aston Martin. A little note that makes this car special – it is the first Aston Martin car to sport an electronic differential (on the rear axle). The Vantage is in a whole different league in that respect. Also, there is a seven-speed manual version coming too, you know, for those who like three pedals instead of two…
2019 Aston Martin Vantage – Synopsis
- Prices start from Rs 2.95 crore (ex-showroom)
- Only 20 units allocated to India for 2018, deliveries to commence in 2019
- Based on the same platform as the DB11 with 70 per cent parts unique to this application
- Sports a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 under the hood making 510HP power and 685Nm torque
- A rear-mounted ZF eight-speed gearbox sends power to the rear wheels; also sports an e-Diff
- Independent double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear setup get adaptive dampers
- 400mm discs up front and 360mm discs at the rear handle braking duties
- First Aston Martin car to get an electronic differential (on the rear axle)
- Driving aids include torque vectoring, three drive modes, and positive torque control
- Has low dry weight of 1,530kg and perfect 50:50 weight distribution
- Goes from 0-100kmph in just 3.6 seconds; capable of hitting top speed of 314kmph
- Seven-speed manual version of the car coming soon