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2018 Aston Martin Vantage

$149,995
Price (MSRP)
Aston Martin Vantage


Is the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage a good car?

  • Exterior Design 10 /10
  • Performance 10 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 9 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 7 /10
  • Reliability 7 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2018 Aston Martin Vantage Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Vantage V8 Coupe
4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$149,995

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage Review

by Adam Lynton

The original Aston Martin Vantage was a raw V8 that provided old school thrills at the expense of modern levels of refinement and technology. Its stunning shape may have aged well but a replacement has long been overdue and the fully redesigned Vantage will be with us in the second half of 2018 as a 2019 model.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Front Angle View
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Rear Angle View

What’s it like inside?

The interior of the new Vantage is as much of a departure from the old car as the exterior design. A large 8-inch touchscreen sits atop two rectangular air vents and unlike in some competitors, there are still a row of physical buttons and switches around the transmission tunnel.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Central Console
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Central Console
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Speaker

There is now a digital instrument panel with two display screens and the latest Mercedes-sourced safety and technology systems are integrated into the cabin. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is still present and the two seats are sculpted to offer high levels of lateral support. The surfaces can be covered in a variety of top-class materials and be finished to the usual high levels of craftmanship that is expected from Aston.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Seat Details
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Central Console
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Front Seats

How does it drive?

Whereas the old Vantage was a tough old sports car with an unforgiving single-clutch automatic transmission and hard ride, the redesigned model with its adaptive shock absorbers will be far more accomplished when it comes to rougher road surfaces but it will still be the sportiest model in the modern Aston Martin line up.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Front View Driving
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Rear View Driving

Much of the platform is shared with its DB11 big brother and the 50:50 weight distribution, electronic limited-slip rear differential and torque vectoring system also promise to provide far higher levels of grip and agility around corners too.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Side View
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Front View
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Rear View

Lacking the active aerodynamics of the DB11, the Vantage uses more traditional solutions such as an aerodynamic undercarriage and bodywork that directs the airflow over the car to provide the required downforce at speed.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Badge
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Exterior Details
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Hood

What about the performance?

The Mercedes AMG derived turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is shared with the DB11 and makes an identical 503 horsepower although torque is slightly higher at 505 lb-ft. With a lower curb weight, the Vantage should be the quicker car and it offers a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Engine
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Wheel

An 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, purists may be interested to hear that a manual transmission is on the cards too. These performance figures should see the new Vantage match similarly powerful 911 and AMG GT offerings. It is also a big step up from the old naturally aspirated V8 and economy levels should be significantly improved too.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Front View Driving

What are my options?

Standard features will include 20-inch alloys, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth, WiFi and smartphone integration. Keyless entry, adaptive dampers, an electronic rear differential, park assist systems and a full range of driving assists will also be part of the base trim level.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Wheel

A Tech Pack offers blind-spot monitoring, active park assist, powered steering column and glass switchgear. The Comfort Pack adds seat heating and 16-way power seat adjustment. As is the custom with any Aston product, there will also be a vast range of paint and trim options for shoppers to pick from. Personalized luggage sets and a variety of car covers are also on offer.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Central Console

The Verdict

While the redesigned Aston Martin Vantage won't be with us until later in 2018, the order books are already open. This new model promises a far sportier drive than the larger and more expensive DB11 and the new Vantage is aiming its sights squarely at the 911 and AMG GT.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Side View

With a totally redesigned chassis, a powerful new engine and the latest safety and technology systems it should be a serious contender in this highly competitive sector.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Rear View Driving

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