The British Secret Service agent’s next possible car has been spied recently while undergoing tests in the UK roads. Too bad, carmakers nowadays can no longer keep things highly confidential. Or, is it another “staged” performance? Whatever. Blame it on the “stealth” photographers, leaked images of the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage show nearly everything we want to see--- at pre-production stage at least.
While covered in such an obscure body wrap, the vehicle’s shape already gives out hints on how the new Vantage will take the form of James Bond’s DB10 concept, or collectively known as the “Bond Car” from Spectre. If there’s any truth to this, the new Aston will be packed with Mercedes AMG’s 4.0-liter twin turbo V8, which is similar to those on Mercedes AMG GT S.
Should Aston Martin boost the V8 engine’s performance even further, it should be capable of delivering up to 503hp and 512-lb ft of torque--- enough to let 007 wannabes do a stunt from zero to 60 miles per hour under 4 seconds. In contrast, the outgoing Vantage sports car features a 4.7-liter V8 engine with a peak power of 426PS and 470 Nm maximum torque. This one can go for 62 miles per hour at 4.9 seconds, which isn’t bad either.
The current model uses the Vertical Horizontal (VH) platform that provides lightweight, strong and rigid structure to where the engine, gearbox and suspension are attached. Now sitting on a shorter version of DB11’s aluminum chassis, Aston Martin somehow manages to keep the current model’s chopped off tail design on the new one. Unexpectedly, traces of Vulcan hypercar’s front end seem to take form too but this one needs a much closer look.
Lest we forget, Aston Martin’s Andy Palmer did say before that both the new Vantage and DB11 will appear like Astons but won’t appear exactly the same, particularly obvious when sitting next to each other. It should be noted that there are several elements that set the them apart despite the slight similarities (i.e. similar engine output and same technology in architecture). Perhaps it’s the same for every Aston Martin model.
At any rate, it has been confirmed that the next generation Aston Martin V8 road car will have its premiere before the year ends along with the new 2018 FIA GTE Vantage race car. With the existing model’s current asking price of £94,995, it makes us rather curious as to how much the new V8 Vantage would cost. Any guesses? For sure, there are a lot of things we don’t know yet. But as we see it, the Vantage replacement will be worth looking into.