New Aston Martin V8 Vantage in Its Production Form Leaked

Aston Martin is warming up an all-new successor to its V8 Vantage, and these spy shots are our best look yet at the brand’s latest sports car ahead of its reveal later this year. The new model will serve as a rival for the Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type, benefiting from a lighter aluminium chassis and new turbocharged V8 engine.

This isn’t our first look at the next Vantage; our spy photographers have snapped it testing before, although previous sightings have only shown mules wearing extensive camouflage from the larger DB11.

These new shots give away much more, providing us with our first glimpse of the new Vantage in its production bodywork. The car is still heavily cloaked in a diversionary zebra-print wrap, but it’s now possible to make out the overall shape of the firm’s new sports car.

The front end draws subtle inspiration from the DB11, with a large new grille, but CEO Andy Palmer’s promise for a more diverse design is evident from the outset.

A set of slimmer LED headlights gives the new Vantage a distinctive face, while at the back, it takes cues from the DB10 driven by James Bond in the 2015 film Spectre.

The tail of the car is flatter than before, with a small hump at the edge of the hatch incorporating a small lip spoiler, plus thin, horizontal tail-lights. An intricate rear bumper and diffuser make the back look more aggressive. Perhaps the biggest nod to the DB11 are the air vents bleeding into the front wheelarches, which are both hidden behind strips of black tape.

The Vantage will be the next car to benefit from a technical partnership with Mercedes’ parent company Daimler. The benefits were first seen back in June when Aston revealed an AMG-sourced V8 engine for the DB11. We expect the same 4.0-litre turbo unit to be used in the next Vantage, but Aston will tweak the Mercedes powertrain with new components and an ECU remap for a more distinct character.

A DB11 V8 produces 503bhp, although we expect power to be downrated for the Vantage. Performance won’t be in short supply, however, with the 4.0-litre producing around 450bhp in the smaller sports car. It should do 0-62mph in around four seconds, with power transmitted to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

We’ve still to catch a glimpse of the new car’s cabin, although it’s likely it will take much of its inspiration from the DB11.

Looking at the bigger picture, Aston’s main ambition is to set its models apart from one another more visually and dynamically. Matt Becker, former Lotus chassis expert and the man now in charge of vehicle dynamics at Aston, previously told us: “In terms of dynamics and sound character, it’s quite easy; we have enough tools around us.

“Because we are developing many cars at the same time we can collectively evaluate and develop [them] to make sure there’s enough difference between the products to position them in the space they need to be relative to their competitors.”

Asked if the Vantage will be the best-handling Aston to date, Becker replied: “It will be. We’re developing the car at the moment and the performance is already in a great place and there is still more to come.”

Becker added: “When I turned up at Aston, Andy Palmer [CEO] gave Marek [Reichman, chief designer] the brief to make all of the cars different enough so that his mother could recognise them. [Palmer] wanted me to make them drive like they look.”

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