The all-new Aston Martin Vantage – next generation sporting excellence
The Vantage name was used for the first time in 1951 in sales literature for a high-performance derivative of the DB2, the Vantage engine – offering 125bhp against 105 for the standard model – and starting a motoring dynasty. The Vantage name was next used in 1962 to denote a distinct model, the DB4 Vantage. The Vantage models featured high-performance engines alongside subtle styling modifications. With the introduction of the DB5 in 1964 the Vantage model became firmly established as the high-performance derivative. Distinguished by the discreet Vantage badge attached to the side strakes on the front wings this continued with the DB6, DB6 Mk2 and DBS. The first standalone Vantage model was the short-lived AM Vantage –a re-styled DBS Vantage with a 4.0-litre 6-cylinder engine. Produced for a little over a year from spring 1972-73, it was sold alongside the new William Towns-designed AM V8. Though just 70 were built, it was to spawn a true icon in the shape of the V8 Vantage.
Introduced in 1977 as Aston Martin’s performance flagship, it was defined by its muscular looks and immense performance courtesy of a tuned 375bhp version of the 5.3-litre V8. One of the fastest and most desirable cars of its day, the V8 Vantage would ultimately spawn Volante and Zagato versions before it ceased production.
Firmly established as the quintessential British supercar, the next Vantage was an evolution of the V8-engined Virage Coupe. With uprated brakes and suspension and a pair of superchargers attached to the hand-built V8, this new Vantage was a 550bhp monster. With further developments the power rose to 600bhp, with the final V600 Le Mans models amongst the rarest and most desirable Vantage models of all and the last Vantage model to be built at Newport Pagnell. The landmark DB7 Vantage was introduced in 2000, a new 6.0-litre V12. A huge step up from the six-cylinder DB7, the Vantage was a true Ferrari rival. Available with manual and automatic transmission, and in Coupe or Volante body styles.
With the introduction of the all-new 2005 V8 Vantage, was Aston Martin’s most successful. Built around the company’s innovative VH platform and using a strong, lightweight bonded aluminium chassis, this generation of Vantage would continually over many years. When a V12 Vantage was launched in 2009 it wowed enthusiasts around the world. Since then special series models such as the track-biased Aston Martin GT12 and GT8 models have continued to exploit a design with apparently limitless potential.
Now, with the introduction of the new Vantage the next chapter of this legendary model is beginning. Find out more