The all new 2018 Vantage is here…. and it looks like a tennis ball. A really, really fast tennis ball. Alright maybe the shade of green is slightly different. In all seriousness, who cares if Aston Martin decides to release a new Vantage model in some hyper-highlighter green… it looks amazing. At least to us. We know looks are subjective but you’d have to have poor taste in styling to call this thing ugly. Perhaps it’s not the prettiest front-engine sport coupe on the market today, but by no means is it unattractive. At first glance the new Aston Martin Vantage looks like a small sports car. As the baby of the family this isn’t a bad thing, it’s what’s expected and proper. What really did stand out to us however was how far of a departure this new look is from the previous Aston Martin lineage. If you look at the previous generation of sports cars coming out of the British manufacturer, the design language flowed from model to model in a very subtle way. There was always a very consistent design ethos between the three prominent members of the Aston Martin family, the Vantage, Vanquish, and DB9. Now however there is exists a much larger difference in the styling cues between the recently released DB11 and this new Vantage. Not so much so where you’d feel they each came from different auto-manufacturers, but we do get a lesser sense of lineage between these two than that which was found in their predecessors.
As far as power options go, at the moment the new Vantage is only available with a 4.0 Liter Twin-Turbo V8 pushing out just a little over 510 Horsepower and 505 Foot Pounds of Torque. Being that the previous generation of cars offered a V12 Vantage in the line-up we can only hope and presume that this new generation of Vantage will follow suit. One thing we are however ecstatic about is the interior.
Even up until the very end of the old production run of Vantage’s and DB9’s the interiors always felt excessively dated. We’re extremely pleased with the new furniture inside of the cabin and the same can be said about the DB11. The all new interior is a huge improvement over the past and we can’t praise this enough. The cabin now finally feels cohesive with the exterior and they each complement each other very, very nicely. The overall look is aggressive yet very well executed, luxurious, and still looks like a plush and supremely comfortable place to be. All in all, we still love the Vantage. The new look will probably grow on us and the more we learn about it the more we’ll most likely love it as we did it’s older sibling. Photos via Aston Martin Lagonda.