Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur has launched the new Vantage, the newest member of this thoroughbred Aston sports car family spanning seven decades. The Vantage nameplate was first used on the DB2 high-output engine model in 1951, and has been carried through with some of the most iconic Aston Martins including the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage, limited production twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans, and the vaunted previous generation V8 Vantage that heralded a new beginning for the brand in 2005.
Ms. Nancy Chen, Head of Sales Operations for Aston Martin Southeast Asia, said, “This car is the second new model under our Second Century Plan. The second of seven new models in seven years. It is a bold plan, and it is working. We have made a strong start with the DB11, taking Aston Martin back into profit earlier this year. The new Vantage will build on this success, and take the company to greater heights.”
Purposefully designed to embody Aston’s new predatory character first encountered in the spectacular DB10 concept car, the new Vantage still incorporates traditional Aston Martin values of distinct British craftsmanship, poise, and purity of proportions. New head and tail lights endow the Vantage with unmistakable road presence and its own individual identity within the growing Aston Martin family, while pure sculptural forms give it the distinctly athletic and predatory stance inherited from the DB10. Its agility and dynamism are further expressed by its minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches.
Aerodynamic performance is another key factor in the Vantage’s design. Airflow is channeled under the car by its front splitter where a system of fences optimizes it to meet cooling demands, while also ensuring a clean flow of air to feed the rear diffuser. This creates a low pressure area under the Vantage, and enables an uninterrupted flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the car. New side gills integrated into the body surface prevent air pressure from building up in the wheel arches, and combined with the upswept rear deck lid, these aerodynamic elements work together to endow the Vantage with significant downforce levels.
Mr. Gabor Csurgai, Regional Managing Director of Wearnes, added, “It is crafted for the independent thinker, one who has a strong and individual identity who wants to make a statement with their car. The aerodynamic performance central to the new design concept enables a seamless, yet exciting driving experience, be it in the city or whilst touring, and we are confident that the new Vantage is able to deliver an unmistakably thrilling experience to Malaysians.”
Inside the Vantage, its dynamic sports car cockpit features sharp, focused lines highlighting its more aggressive nature. Its immersive driving experience is enhanced by the high waisted interior theme and lower driving position, which have also significantly improved occupant space and headroom over the previous Vantage. Power comes from a new Mercedes-AMG M177 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, delivering 503 bhp and 685 Nm of torque to the rear wheels via the rear-mounted ZF 8-speed automatic transmission; 0-100 km/h takes just 3.6 seconds while maximum speed is a claimed 195 mph (314 km/h). The engine is mounted low and as far back in the chassis as possible for an optimized center-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, and this combines with the integrated suite of electronic systems to deliver outstanding handling performance with maximum driver control.
In another first for Aston Martin, an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff) linked to the electronic stability control system features in the new Vantage. Reacting to the car’s behavior and directing more power to the wheel with the most traction, the E-Diff gives the Vantage dynamic cornering performance with more composed straight-line stability, enabling its driver to confidently explore its full performance capabilities. Alongside the E-Diff, the Vantage’s engine, transmission, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Damping and the electric power steering systems are also fully integrated. Each step increase in agility and responsiveness according to the selected driving mode makes the car progressively sharper, more vocal and exciting to drive hard.
Underpinning it is an evolved version of the newest riveted and adhesive-bonded aluminium structure introduced on the DB11, featuring 70% new components in this application. The chassis has been optimized for balance and high levels of strength, rigidity and weight efficiency, along with handling consistency and purity. Chen continued, “This is the essence of the Vantage driving experience – a car that’s never less connected and engaging with the breadth of capability to revel in challenging roads and bare its teeth on the track. A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for.”
Ensuring peace of mind for Malaysian owners, the Aston Martin Service Centre in Sungai Buloh was opened earlier this year. Wearnes Quest has substantially invested in the 4,000 square feet, fully air-conditioned service center, equipping it with the latest tools, technology and equipment to provide Malaysian Aston Martin owners with unparalleled British standards of excellence and experience. Csurgai said, “Our investment in this new center proves our dedication to ensure a comprehensive and quality Aston Martin experience to our current and future customers. The latest tools and equipment, managed by professionally trained personnel, warrants in-depth understanding of the latest Aston Martin technology, promising optimum after-sales support for our customers.” Estimated pricing for the new Vantage starts from RM1,600,000 inclusive of duties, depending on individual options and specifications.