Aston Martin reveals all-new 503-horsepower 'entry level' Vantage

2018 Aston Martin Vantage prepares to take on the Porsche 911

All-new Aston Martin Vantage launched

It's the first new-generation Aston Martin Vantage since its predecessor was released in 2005, and uses an evolution of the latest bonded-aluminium architecture from the DB11.

The Vantage's bold new look has been influenced by the DB10 concept, in particular that car's shark-like nose, clamshell bonnet and slim LED headlights.

Meanwhile, if you're looking to get your hands on the 510 hp toy, you should be prepared to pay at least $149,995 for the thing. However, what engineers refer to as the "tuneables" are all model specific, meaning this V8 will feel and sound like an Aston Martin, not an AMG.

The previous V8-powered version of the Vantage had a 430 horsepower engine.

The new Vantage is on sale now with a recommended retail price from £120,900 in the United Kingdom, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the USA. Aston Martin says the new Vantage is capable of 0-60 miles per hour acceleration of 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 195 miles per hour. The impressive power and The Aston Martin Vantage can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 314 kmph. Staying true to the traditional sharp-nosed, flat-tailed bullet shape, the Vantage has truly become a contemporary auto, boasting a remarkably minimalistic design. The Vantage may not be the quintessential Aston Martin - a place already taken up by the DB series - nor is it the fastest vehicle in the line-up - a position already claimed by the ludicrous Valkyrie.

The new Vantage has no active aerodynamics but instead generates all its downforce through the low front, small rear boot lip, flat underbody and diffuser.

This is a big moment for the famous British ultra-luxury brand as it remakes its line-up of sporty cars.

Aston Martin have tuned the induction, exhaust and engine management systems to give the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack. The driver will be able to choose from Sport, Sport Plus and Track. These choices will all cost you less than £60,000 - that's half the price of the new Vantage. Aston Martin's usual focus on personalisation remains, with options including forged alloy wheels, carbon-fibre trim pieces and the "Sports Plus Collection", which includes sports seats and a sports steering wheel.

"I'm enormously excited by what we've created: a new Vantage that's more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package", Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said in a statement. Naturally, leather and Alcantara upholstery are included, and a wide range of personalisation will be offered.

Inside, there are more clues to the AMG connection with an information and entertainment system dial and 8.0-inch screen lifted straight from the German car's cabin, as well as other switchgear.

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