Every Aston Martin Vantage model can now be fitted with the friendlier Vane grille.
BMW has been widely criticized for the ginormous grille fitted to the new 4 Series, M4, and M3, but it's easy to forget that Aston Martin also came under fire when it revealed the design of the new Vantage. Like the BMW 4 Series, Aston Martin's aggressive "Hunter" Vantage grille inspired by the Vulcan was polarizing, to say the least. As a result, it didn't take long for aftermarket companies to replace it with the sleeker grille from the last-generation Vantage.
In response to the negative feedback, Aston Martin offered a new grille design for the 2021 Vantage Coupe and Roadster inspired by the iconic Vane grille.
With this grille fitted, the Vantage has a friendlier face that more closely resembles the DB11. It's a marked improvement, but if you own a Vantage built before the 2021 model year and wanted the Vane grille, you were unfortunately out of luck - until now.
Aston Martin Works, the company's UK-based service and restoration department, is offering a new grille conversion service, allowing owners of pre-2021 Vantage models to swap the Hunter grille with the softer Vane grille. As part of the conversion process, a new bumper cover and splitter will also be added.
Best of all, the conversion can be done at any Aston Martin dealership, so US owners of Vantage models built before the 2021 model year can also replace the divisive Hunter grille. It's not known how much the conversion will cost, however, because Aston Martin paint-matches the new parts with the rest of the car, and labor costs and paint prices can vary in different locations. For reference, the new 2021 Aston Martin Vantage starts at $152,995, while the Roadster has an MSRP of $147,000.
Who knows, perhaps this will inspire other car manufacturers to offer alternative grille designs that keep everyone happy: we're looking at you, BMW.