While British sports car marque Aston Martin has been playing coy with the media over the last couple of weeks, sharing revealing-but-not-really teaser photos of its upcoming Vantage. However, it seems that the jig is up, as an American publication has stumbled on what appears to be patent filings for Aston’s latest model.
The full design of the 2018 Vantage is laid bare in the documents uncovered, revealing what’s undoubtedly Aston Martin’s latest design direction, a departure from the design language seen in the DB11. The nose of the car looks more focused, more athletic, while what appears to be deep side gills in the… uh, sides, look very dramatic indeed.
At the rear, a highly-sculpted diffuser section sits below a dramatic rear light design, with the lighting element stretching from one side all the way to the other, rising like an arch in the middle of the car. There appears to be an element that could end up being a deployable spoiler, though it’s more likely that Aston have utilised some form of advanced aerodynamics to achieve the same result as a wing would, the way they did with the DB11.
Overall, it’s definitely shaping up well for the British marque, as Aston Martin has repeatedly told us that the design will “blow the DB11 out of the water” and feature a more expressive and emotive design than the latest crop of Astons. This is definitely evident in these patent filings, brought to light by American portal Autoguide.
Regardless, the Vantage will find motivation from the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 most recently employed in the DB11 V8, with some 375kW of power, before being later joined by the firm’s 5.0-litre atmo V12 joining the fray to build a lineup similar to what we already see with the Vantage range. The new vantage will be designed using an aluminium-intensive architecture derived from the DB11, which should result in greater structural rigidity while reducing overall weight, which will likely see the Vantage fair well as a more driver-focused variant in the Aston Martin range.
The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage will premier on the 21st of November, likely in V8 guise, before a full-bore V12 arrives sometime next year. Stay tuned to CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.