Aston Martin Vantage Gets a Facelift, Adds 155hp and New Interior

Aston Martin Vantage Gets a Facelift, Adds 155hp and New Interior

Aston Martin, renowned for its luxury and performance, has unveiled an extensively redesigned version of its iconic Vantage model, and this unveiling comes as part of a broader initiative to update and enhance its entire lineup of sports cars.

While the exterior of the updated Vantage may not appear drastically different at first glance, numerous enhancements have been implemented beneath the surface and within the cabin. Enhancing the sports car products' technical and performance elements is Aston Martin's primary objective.

Design Enhancements

The new iteration of the Vantage distinguishes itself from its predecessor primarily through subtle yet impactful design modifications. Notably, the vehicle boasts a 30mm increase in width and an overhauled front fascia characterized by a larger grille and refreshed matrix LED headlights. Additional refinements include the incorporation of a decorative side strake inspired by its predecessor and the introduction of frameless mirrors and sleek electronic door handles.

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Aston Martin Vantage Rear Front 3-Quarter View

Interior Innovations

Internally, the Vantage showcases a thoroughly reimagined cockpit layout designed to prioritize connectivity, engagement, and overall refinement, drawing inspiration from the acclaimed DB12 model. Central to this interior transformation is a prominent 10.25-inch touchscreen serving as the focal point for Aston Martin's bespoke infotainment system. Several modern networking functions such as wireless smartphone mirroring, last-mile on-foot navigation, and 3D live mapping, are introduced by this sophisticated system. Despite the growing emphasis on digital interfaces Aston Martin has opted to retain physical switches for essential functions such as climate control, gear selection, and drive mode adjustment ensuring a tactile and user-friendly experience for occupants.

Powertrain Advancements

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Aston Martin Vantage Front View

Possibly the most significant updates lie within the powertrain department, where the Mercedes-AMG-derived V8 engine has undergone substantial enhancements. Output figures now stand at an impressive 665 horsepower and 800 Newton meters of torque, positioning the standard Vantage on par with its outgoing V12 counterpart. This translates to an impressive 0-100kph acceleration time of just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 325kph.To get these increases in performance, a comprehensive tuning program was necessary which included the installation of larger turbochargers, revised cam profiles, modified compression ratios, and improved cooling capacities. Furthermore, refinements to the ratios and calibration of the eight-speed automatic gearbox promise more responsive in-gear acceleration and smoother shifts across various driving modes.

Enhanced Ride and Suspension

To complement the performance upgrades, Aston Martin has equipped the Vantage with new adaptive dampers, offering heightened control and responsiveness on the road. Additionally, the steering column has been re-engineered to deliver a more direct steering feel by eliminating rubber connections with the steering rack. The rear-end stiffness has also been substantially bolstered, thanks to the incorporation of added reinforcements and new under trays and these enhancements collectively contribute to improved handling balance, driver feedback, and overall refinement. Furthermore, the chassis overhaul is complemented by introducing bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires, carefully wrapped around staggered-width, 21-inch forged alloy wheels. These meticulously designed wheels not only reduce excess weight but also ensure uncompromised strength and aesthetic appeal.

Model Lineup and Future Direction

While Aston Martin has yet to disclose plans for electrifying the Vantage lineup, it's worth noting that the V8 engine is utilized in Mercedes-AMG plug-in hybrids. In India, Aston Martin offers a diverse range of models, including the DB12, DBX, DBX 707, and the pre-facelift Vantage variants catering to the distinct preferences of luxury car enthusiasts across the market.