Spy shots show off 2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Words: Nile Bijoux
4 Aug 2017

These are the first pictures of the new Aston Martin Vantage - looks very 'DB10', no?

Previously test mules for the 2018 Vantage were spotted using cut-up DB11 bodies, but this looks much more like James Bond's ride from Spectre.

The car will ride on a new generation of aluminium architecture which is essentially a shortened version of the DB11's. It should be lighter and more rigid than its predecessor, making it more nimble.

In terms of powertrain, the baby Aston will first arrive using the same Mercedes-AMG engine found in the V8 DB11. The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 will produce around the 372kW mark in the standard Vantage. Compared to the 320kW in the existing V8 Vantage, the nought-to-hundred time should drop from 4.8s to around 4, give or take. 

And, like the current model, a V12 edition will be produced as well, likely using a retuned variant of the 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 from the DB11.

Aston CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to Autocar UK that we'll see the new Vantage in proper form before the end of 2017, with the V12 arriving "at a later date". 

As part of the complete refresh, an all-new DBX SUV and Lagonda are on the cards, with the electric RapidE already confirmed to enter production in 2019.

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