2019 Aston Martin Vantage Revealed
The wraps have been taken off the all-new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, for which dealers are now taking orders for deliveries next spring. The 2-seat coupe features a new design, more powerful twin-turbo V8 engine and promises a higher level of performance thanks to the first-time use of an electronic limited slip differential.
Based on an aluminum spaceframe with bonded steel body panels that is 70-percent new, the Aston Martin Vantage rides on a 106.4-inch wheelbase and measures 175.8 inches in overall length. The compact mid-front engine, rear-drive coupe is 11.1 inches shorter than the DB11 2+2 and 1.3 inches less in overall length than a Porsche 911.
The new Aston Martin Vantage conveys a powerful look on its tidy footprint. Short front and rear overhangs coupled with cleanly sculpted body forms give the car an athletic shape. New head and tail lights give the Vantage a new face that is distinct from other vehicles in the line, while still retaining several traditional Aston styling cues.
There’s plenty of detailing that also contributes to improved aerodynamics. A large front splitter directs airflow beneath the vehicle and onto a large rear diffuser, which helps create a low pressure area under the car to improve road holding. New side gills help reduce air pressures that would normally build up in the front wheel arches. And an upswept rear deck helps produce downforce that keeps the car firmly planted to the road at high speeds.
The biggest change in the interior is the move away from the traditional flowing lines and central waterfall console used on previous models. In its place is a more dynamic and compact multi-tier center stack topped by a screen, center vents, HVAC controls and then a new triangular horizontal surface that arranges the PRND switches in a triangular fashion. The main instrument cluster is a positioned binnacle flanked by two “blinders” that focuses the driver’s attention on the gauges. Heavily bolstered Sport and Sport Plus seats are offered to provide great support.
Other controls include fixed paddle shifts on the steering column, conventional HVAC controls with rotary and toggle switches. Careful attention has been paid to the fixed paddle shifters, which have been developed to facilitate up and downshifts without the driver having to reposition their hands on the steering wheel. The shift feel itself has also been honed for a satisfyingly positive feel while the HVAC controls are a combination of classic rotary and toggle style switches. The interior has leather and Alcantara upholstery with full leather as an option.
Previous Vantage models used a normally aspirated V8 to produce 430 horsepower. The 2019 model uses a twin turbocharged V8 to produce 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque. That motive force is delivered to the back of the car via a rear-mounted ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift. Aston Martin says the new Vantage is capable of 0-60 mph acceleration of 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 195 mph.
The Vantage is fitted with 20-inch wheels shod with Pirelli PZero 255/40/20 front and 295/35/20 rear rubber. The new Vantage tips the scales at just 3,373 pounds with a 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution.
In addition to the use of dynamic torque vectoring and the electronic locking rear differential, the new Vantage is equipped with adaptive shocks with Skyhook magnetic dampers with Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes. Aston Martin said the Vantage is more of a pure sports car than a grand tourer and the suspension is set up accordingly to deliver precision, consistency and intuitive response.
Prices for the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage start at $149,995, with deliveries beginning in the second quarter of 2018.