- Available to order now
- Costs from £120,900
- The DB10 built for the Bond film Spectre was modelled on it
Say hello to the new Aston Martin Vantage
It's the lean, mean, very green, Aston Martin machine. The new Vantage is available to order now, with first deliveries in spring 2018.
Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli were visiting the Aston Martin offices to discuss what the next Bond car might look like, and saw sketches for the new Vantage on the wall. They basically said, “That, please”, et voila: the Spectre DB10.
Back to 2017, and here is the latest attempt by Aston Martin to slay Porsche’s 911. Which they won’t do, of course. But this new Vantage, a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, mid-front-engined sports car, starting at £120,900, should make a dent in 911 sales.
The 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine comes from the bigger DB11 grand tourer, as does the eight-speed automatic gearbox, but aside from that, this is pretty much a new car.
Gone are Aston Martin’s ‘Russian doll’ days of making four different versions of essentially the same car, but with different badges. CEO Andy Palmer has pushed for the funding to make each car very different. The new Vantage is the second of seven new models planned: there will be the big flag-bearer one to sit above DB11, the DBX crossover, which will be built in Wales, two Lagondas, and a mid-engined car.
There’s also, for the first time in an Aston, something called an e-diff, which is an electronic differential, which in turn basically means the car can corner very quickly, and very neatly. The engine can send extra power to whichever rear wheel is dragging behind on a bend.
Customer orders are being taken now: form an orderly queue for deliveries next spring.