Aston Martin reveals some spy shots of its own.
Although we've seen spy shots of the new Aston Martin Vantage before, the UK automaker itself has now released a few of its own, showing a less disguised prototype testing on the open road. If you look beyond the black and yellow vinyl camo, you'll clearly see a strong resemblance to James Bond's DB10 from Spectre. We also saw leaked patent images last month, and combined with seeing this advanced prototype today, we now have a very good idea what the production Vantage will look like. In a word: gorgeous.
A few styling traits we've noticed are the sleek front headlight, just like on the DB10, and a front grille similar to that found on the track-only Vulcan. Out back you'll notice slim taillights, a ducktail-like spoiler and a rear diffuser – all of which are nearly identical to the DB10. Clearly the new Vantage has a look of its own, and not just a baby DB11. Overall, the new Vantage, which Aston Martin has confirmed will debut before the end of the year, has similar proportions to its predecessor, although it's based on the same all-aluminum platform as the DB11. Under the hood will lie a Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the very same engine Aston Martin revealed not long ago in the DB11, where it produces 503 hp and 513 lb-ft of torque.
Two transmissions will be on offer, either a ZF eight-speed automatic, which is also used in the DB11, or a manual transmission. The tires, which should be quite obvious from this prototype's side stickers, will be provided by Pirelli. Despite sharing various components with the DB11, Aston Martin has assured us time and again that the new Vantage will very much be its own car. We can hardly wait to see and experience the final product.