But is it prettier than the current Vantage?
Not even two weeks since the facelifted Aston Martin Vantage Roadster was spied, we now have a decent look at the Vantage Coupe before the covers come off completely. While this car doesn't represent as big of a change as the replacement for the DB11, the less expensive Vantage looks to be in line for gently massaged exterior styling and a newly updated interior as well.
As with the Vantage Roadster, the Vantage Coupe will be adopting a large grille, restyled headlights, a new bumper, and a different hood that does away with the previous clamshell design. Does it make for a better-looking car? That doesn't seem obvious yet, but we'll wait for the full reveal before deciding.
This particular prototype is wearing Michelin tires and shod with black wheels, but this wheel design may or may not appear on the production model. At the back, there are fewer changes to speak of, with the familiar curved lighting signature set above quad-exit tailpipes and an aggressive diffuser. This prototype didn't have the large wing of the Vantage F1 Edition that we drove earlier this year, but this should be available as an option once again.
We didn't get a clear view of the interior at all, but coverings on the dashboard strongly suggest that changes have been made here as well. With the DB11 replacement getting a new infotainment interface, we'd love to see the same filter down to the cheaper Vantage.
It's not clear if any mechanical changes will be made, but the V8 is likely to be retained. As for the V12 Vantage, that won't carry over, as Aston already revealed the last V12 Vantage ever.
The current Vantage uses an eight-inch touchscreen interface, but the size of the screen isn't the only problem, as the software itself needs a refresh. Besides the technology, the Vantage's cabin also looks and feels a bit plain for a car starting at over $150,000, especially considering how luxurious cheaper alternatives are, such as the Mercedes-AMG SL 55. Even the Porsche 911 Carrera, while not as striking to look at, has a much more advanced user interface.
Now that Aston Martin is in a more financially secure position than it was a couple of years ago, Aston is clearly hard at work revitalizing current models like the Vantage and focusing on its next generation of sports cars. Chinese giant Geely is one of several shareholders that sees much potential for the Aston Martin brand in the long term, and with that strong backing and a slew of new products coming over the next 24 months, the British luxury automaker can only continue to grow.
We expect the updated Vantage to arrive in 2024.
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