After a teaser last week of its pretty rear end, Aston Martin has released a further image ahead of the introduction of the 2018 Vantage, this time showing off the front end as well as the rear of the GTE racing variant of the upcoming sports car. We’re not entirely sure what to make of the timing, given that they’ve dropped teasers of the new Vantage before and after publicising their ‘goodbye’ editions for the outgoing car, but we’ll gloss over that.
The new Vantage isn’t an entire mystery to us, with previous comments from the company stating that it would “blow the DB10 out of the water,” suggesting that the design of the Vantage would be derived from but not entirely identical to the show-stopping (automotive) star of Spectre from the James Bond movie franchise. What’s interesting is the shape the light bar takes, as it differs somewhat from earlier spy shots that showed a design with the light bar that would double-back on itself, with the final signature looking similar to the hook design we’ve seen in previous Astons.
The teaser dropped this week shows off a very minimalist fascia, with small but sharp headlights that are noticeably more widthways in their orientation rather than the relatively-vertical look of the DB11, paired with a very clean front end and a bonnet free of complicated surfacing. Interestingly, there’s a second shrouded figure in the image too, of a large-winged version of the new Vantage, likely to be the GTE racer variant that will likely arrive the same time as the road-going model.
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.
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