We already said that DB10 was reserved for James Bond movie, and DB11 came out. So DB10 won’t make it into production (only ten were made), the new Vantage will take some of the design cues from it. But 2018 Aston Martin Vantage won’t just bring new some design enchantments, it will bring much more. While there isn’t a clear view of the new model (darn that camouflage), we can see what will it look like overall.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage – Design
New Vantage comes with a wider grille and slimmer lighting units. All glass surfaces have been revised in a way to profile styling cues taken from the 007’s car in Spectre. Although the wheels are spinning in the photos we can surely guess which tire manufacturer will dress the alloy wheels. Large Pirelli sticker across the door might give us the hint. As for the structure, new Vantage will come with the same platform the DB11 has. This aluminum architecture promises less weight and better rigidity.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage – Engine From AMG
But when it comes to this type of cars, design, and platform isn’t everything. The heart of every sports car is, of course, engine. For this model, the engine will be a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8. It’s courtesy of Mercedes AMG division. While we don’t know the exact output, we can say that in DB11, this engine comes with 516 lb-ft of torque. As for the transmission, eight-speed ZF automatic transmission will probably take place. But Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer’s love for manual gearboxes is no secret. He strives for the use of manual transmission as long as he’s in the CEO chair. Thus, Aston Martin gave another hint. Beside the Pirelli sticker, there’s another one which holds the logo of Italian gearbox maker Oerlikon Graziano.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage – Manual Gearbox?
This company built single-clutch automated manual for Aston Martin. We strongly think that this company will supply the manual transmission for new Vantage. Andy Palmer told that every model besides Valkyrie will use single or dual clutch gearbox. Most likely Vantage will have a six-speed manual probably as an option. Andy Palmer said: “The manual gearbox remains an integral part of our product plans and will do for many years to come.”, so we can be sure that there will be a strong possibility for the driver to change gears himself.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage – Release Date
We can expect the new Vantage by the end of the current year if Andy Palmer isn’t playing tricks on us. And there really isn’t reason for him to do it. As for the price, we can only guess, but this time, we don’t even want to.