The release of the Aston Martin Vantage in 2005 has seen this…
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The release of the Aston Martin Vantage in 2005 has seen this little feisty flash make waves in the elite group of sports cars currently on the market. Taking inspiration from the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan and the purpose-built DB10 that appeared in the James Bond film Spectre, this beast delivers driving thrills and looks to kill. So, let’s take a look at the most recent release in their range, the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage.
Beneath the hood, the Vantage holds a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V-8 engine that is supplied by Mercedes-AMG. The engine develops 503bhp and 505lb ft of torque, which is the same as you will get in a Mercedes-AMG C63, enough to get the 1.5-ton Vantage from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 195mph. Those figures climb to 4.0secs and 200mph with the stick-shift transmission.
The gearbox is a seven-speed manual which you can’t find in any models of the Aston’s range. They have chosen to remove the automatic transmission to create a purer experience from the powertrain, but also the added benefit to the performance since they have removed 209 pounds of weight. The suspension is satisfactory enough for regular daily use. If your intention is everyday use save you pennies and avoid the recent additional extra of the carbon-ceramic brakes. Whilst they are fanatic on the track for withstanding high temperatures and reducing the overall weight by 53 pounds, the prove too touchy for regular city driving.
To match those curves and clean lines on the outside Aston Martin offers countless quality custom options for the interior. Full leather interior, heated and ventilated seats, carbon-fibre steering wheel, embroidered headrests and a variety of options for interior trim to suit any taste. But remember this is a sports car, and little consideration has been paid to the noise insolation and storage in the cockpit. You are hard-pressed to find anywhere to even store your sunglasses since there is not even a glove box.
Despite the V8 engine, the Vantage isn’t as thirsty as one might expect. The EPA estimates 18mpg in the city and 24mpg for highway driving. Together with its 73-litre capacity fuel tank, the consumption and range puts this little car on par with the Porsche 911 Carrera S and exceeds the specs of the Mercedes-AMG GT.
There is no doubt this little show stopper has the appearance and performance to liven up any daily driving duty. Sure, the cockpit can get a little noisy but this is a sports car after all. Who doesn’t love that low baritone rumble at idle and the high-strung shriek as it nears the redline! Some say this baby Aston is one of the best Aston’s they have made, and we agree. For a little guy, it has all the heart, soul and vivacity of the big boys.