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The 2025 Aston Martin Vantage gets a bold new body and big power boost

An orange Aston Martin Vantage in the Spanish countryside
Enlarge / First revealed in 2017, the current Aston Martin Vantage has just undergone a stylistic and technical overhaul.

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It’s high time Aston Martin had a winner on their hands. Last year it updated the DB12 with a smart new face, plenty of power and the kind of infotainment you’d expect from a luxury GT. The Vantage, the company’s “entry-level” car, received a similar treatment in hopes that it might lure a few more people away from Porsche dealerships.

Aston is not only looking to make better cars, but also to change its image: it aims to be seen as more luxurious than before, while still providing as much power to the cars as possible. At first glance, it looks like Aston has cooked up something truly delicious.

The new car is more than 150 hp (112 kW) more powerful than the one it replaces, with 656 hp (490 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) coming from a wonderfully turbocharged 4.0L V8. team. 0 to 60 mph is claimed in 3.4 seconds, and Aston estimates that if you have enough space (and no speed limit) you’ll see the other side of 200 mph (321 km/h). It’s not slow.

Aston has never really had a problem with building beautiful cars, but the new Vantage is a huge step forward from its immediate predecessor. With the old car, the idea was that each model in the range would be suitably different depending on what it did. It was supposed to look like an athletic and useful sports car. And that’s what happened. But he failed to succeed in his Aston Martiness.

Aside from maintaining its fresh appearance, the facelift also improved the car's cooling and aerodynamic performance.
Enlarge / Aside from maintaining its fresh appearance, the facelift also improved the car’s cooling and aerodynamic performance.

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The new one really does it. From its new headlights to its grille, side vents, skirts, quad exhaust pipes and one of the best rear ends on the market today, the new car looks like an Aston Martin from start to finish . Of course, some changes are necessary: ​​the grille is 38% larger than before, because having a V8 with this much power means it needs better cooling. In fact, look closely and you’ll notice a number of tricks Aston uses to improve cooling and airflow throughout the car. If I were the type to wear my glasses on the end of my nose, I’d start muttering something about “form and function working in harmony”, but that’s not the case, so I won’t not.

Aston made it a point to say that there would be no other V12 Vantage and that the last generation version was the end of the line. This meant engineers didn’t have to worry about giving the V8 as much power. The old V8 Vantage could have been almost as powerful, but the need to differentiate itself from the V12 meant that would have been unwise.

The exterior will turn heads, the interior should make you smile. The seats and dashboard of its direct predecessor were nice and comfortable, but the center console and infotainment? Not great. This was the “slap a tablet to the dash” generation, and it was run off a reskinned version of Merc’s COMAND system that was definitely of its time and not a patch on current systems. Today’s Vantage benefits from the same setup you’ll find in the DB12: a 12.5-inch touchscreen, combined with real buttons that do real things.

Looking good has rarely been a problem for Aston Martin.
Enlarge / Looking good has rarely been a problem for Aston Martin.

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The screen itself is responsive and fast, while the buttons feel “right” for what they need to do. A large dial in the middle of the console switches between Sport (the Vantage’s standard mode), Sport+, Individual, Track and Wet modes. Fortunately, Aston has kept the items you need within easy access and reach.

High power results in a lot of noise, especially when starting. Anyone who says turbocharging killed exhaust noise should spend some time with this car. There are three exhaust settings: normal, loud or very loud. Very strong, that’s where your happiness will probably be found. Your neighbors, not so much.

On the road, despite its excessive power, it is easy to drive. You can see out the front pretty well, although the A-pillars are a little big. The mirrors are large enough to give you a wide view of what’s behind you, and none of the controls are complicated. It was designed so that people who enjoy driving can enjoy it.

We think this one is as fun to drive as it is to look at.
Enlarge / We think this one is as fun to drive as it is to look at.

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Point it in a straight line, step on the throttle, and you’ll find yourself making some interesting noises (most of which are of the four-letter variety). Power delivery is smooth but can be quite violent if you want it to be. It’s much more “skin of the neck” than a 911 Turbo S, and it’s even better because it feels better. The steering, regardless of mode chosen, is a little light, but it gives wonderful feedback. It squirts out perfectly as you shift from left to right, deftly lashing the car’s nose from apex to apex.

The standard Sport setting is about right for regular asphalt: the suspension doesn’t feel too harsh, and its powertrain is suitably wild. Switching it to the harder-edged Sport+ or Track modes makes proceedings a bit uncomfortable, and perhaps useless for the highway. Its eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is also a joy.

On track you can explore it a little more. You quickly realize how capable and communicative he is. The car will move, reacting to how you treat it, letting you know what’s about to happen. This means you can easily start to anticipate the car and find yourself having a ton of fun. It’s important to remember that there really is more than enough power under the hood, so perhaps not completely disabling the nine-stage adjustable traction control too early is a wise decision.

In the past, the Vantage has always played second fiddle to the much more numerous Porsche 911 as the default choice for a daily driver sports car for someone looking to spend six figures. But with the new car’s huge power increase and an expected price closer to $200,000, we expect the 2025 model to be a bit more exclusive.

News Source : arstechnica.com
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