Aston Martin is preparing a replacement for the Vantage sports coupe. The ageing model has been in production since 2005 and the new car will introduce refreshed styling, a more powerful engine and much-improved in-car tech to help Aston Martin bring the fight to the Porsche 911.
Spy shots courtesy of Motor Authority show a disguised car being put through its paces at the Nurburgring and give us our best idea yet of what the new model could look like.
New Aston Martin Vantage styling and interior
We’ve currently only seen disguised versions of the upcoming model, so specific details are hard to confirm. However, the new model is likely to share basic proportions with the DB10, a one-off car driven by James Bond in SPECTRE. Expect, therefore, a square stance with the wheels pushed far into the corners.
Much like the current Vantage lineup, a convertible roadster variant is also set to feature – probably using a folding fabric roof unlike the metal folding arrangement favoured by teh Mercedes SL. Also following in line with the existing car, both coupe and roadster variants will offer seating for two people only.
The cabin, meanwhile, will take inspiration from both the DB10 and the DB11. Aston Martin’s recent tie-in with Mercedes-AMG means the new Vantage will share its infotainment and navigation systems with the German brand, vastly improving the quality of the user interface compared to the outgoing car.
New Aston Martin Vantage driving and engines
Much like previous generation Aston Martins, the brand’s upcoming range will all be derived from the same platform – modified for different bodystyles. That means the new Vantage will ride on a shortened version of the DB11’s all-aluminium underpinnings.
Another benefit of the Aston Martin/Mercedes partnership is that the next Vantage will drop the current 4.7-litre V8 in favour of a 4.0-litre twin-turbo unit based on the one found in the Mercedes-AMG GT. Power output is likely to be around the Merc’s 456hp – almost 40hp up on the current car – while fuel efficiency should improve, too.
New Aston Martin Vantage prices and release date
The new model’s release will follow after the DB11 with reports suggesting a 2018 on sale date being likely. Prices are expected to creep beyond the £100,000 mark.