July Car of the Month: 2019 Aston Martin Vantage

The modern automotive icon shifts gears with a new more-muscular design and forward-thinking engineering.

Gone are the days when it was possible for the average automotive enthusiast to mistake one Aston Martin for another. The traditionally well-mannered and sophisticated marque has introduced a fiery, somewhat unexpected renegade, the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, which can be secured through PenskeLuxury.com. The reimagined sports coupe is a dramatic departure (or rather, a refreshing detour) from previous Vantage iterations, in its aggressive architecture, visually distinct aesthetic, and undeniable performance.

The heart of the new Vantage beats with a 4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Belting out the English carmaker’s signature but less-than-gentlemanly roar, the car accelerates to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 195 mph. It delivers more than 500 ft lbs of torque and about the same number of horsepower. The engine is positioned lower and farther back in the chassis than that of the previous Vantage, enabling improved driving dynamics and a 50/50 weight distribution.

 

The new coupe features an 8-speed torque-converter transmission, courtesy of ZF, which is rear-mounted to help maintain balance. Shifts are easy like a Sunday morning at lower speeds, and fast and sharp when the car is engaged at a higher rate. Plus, the F1 shifting is so precise that it allows the driver to maneuver with two hands on the wheel and therefore enjoy a more dynamic drive.

From both a design and engineering perspective, the new Vantage is a bolder sports car. Aston Martin wraps the car’s angular body around a lightweight, bonded-aluminum frame, which weighs less than 3,400 pounds, and its explosive agility and suspension stems from compact dimensions and a rigid subframe, respectively.

Rather than employing Aston Martin’s hallmark grille, the new Vantage features an open mouth outlined by a strong front diffuser that channels engine-cooling air. The engineers’ goal was to strip any extra weight, ensuring all remaining parts of its structure were strictly functional. The Vantage’s rear design is slightly more playful with a flick at its tail and an ultra-slim light graphic that illuminates the full length of the tailgate. Overall, its sculpted, muscular flanks and broad haunches create a predator-like stance that help earn the Vantage its nickname, “The Archetypal Hunter.”

 

The interior received a substantial makeover, trading quintessential Aston elegance for focus and practicality. Its distinctive cockpit features a lower driving position that creates a more immersive experience, rooting the driver with the road. The squared-off steering wheel is assertive, much like its raised gear buttons, as Aston has proudly steered clear of recent trends that call for replacing toggles with haptic touchscreens.

Offered only at the sport level and in a stunning, never-before-seen shade of florescent lime green, the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage represents a new direction for the usually buttoned-up British marque. It starts at about $150,000 and has not yet hit dealerships, but a call to PenskeLuxury.com will help secure yours.

For more information, contact:

Michael Famiglietti
Sr. Vice President, Super Premium Brands
Penske Automotive, Inc.
michael@penskeluxury.com

 

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