The Aston Martin Vantage is a revamped supermodel – something worth grabbing and striving for. Aside from that brochure-like description, it’s a sports car. This is the first time I’ve ever been behind the wheel of an Aston and I was absolutely amazed at how great it looked, even if the company didn’t build the engine.
(Full disclosure: Aston Martin let me have a Vantage for a week and told me not to do more than 400 miles. I went 405. Sorry Aston Martin! I cleaned the car and not enough car wash was enough!)
What is that?
Vantage debuted in 2018, replacing it Previous The V8 and V12 Vantage that have been available since the company was owned by Ford. Possibly the sportiest car in Aston’s lineup that draws engineering know-how from the success of Vantage racing in the GTE, GTM, GT3 and GT4 classes. Sure there’s the DB11 and DBS, but the Vantage is just as powerful and fast as those models.
You can get the Vantage in three flavors: V8 models you can get in coupe and convertible, or you can opt for the recently released special edition V12 Vantage that has 700 horsepower and 200 MPH. It’s also the cheapest way to get into an Aston Martin. This isn’t cheap the way normal people think. That’s one percent cheap: Vantage starts at $143,900. At this price point, it dances with other segment competitors such as the Porsche 911, McLaren GT and Mercedes-AMG GT.
Vantage options that it borrowed for $182,486 included $3,600 for sports seats, a $2,200 audio system, and $4,100 for paint.
how to drive
These cool lines hide a gorgeous, full-capable sports car. Aston Martin is too small a company to build its own engines, so under the all-aluminum hood is a German-sourced fire vent: a 4.0-liter 503-hp (hot Vee setup) V8 that Aston gets from Mercedes-AMG. This may be a small problem that I will tackle later.
The force hits you like a punch in the chest. That’s exhaust! Hey man. You’ll make the SRT Scat Pack proud.
Turbo idling is lacking, so the 505 lb-ft of torque is available low at 2,000 rpm. Aston says the Vantage hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. I think this might be a bit conservative. It feels like 3.0-3.2 seconds at least. The V8 engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic. It shifts lightning fast, but downward gears, especially in Sport+, can be a bit harsh. jerking jerking; Unfortunately, it seems that no manual transmission is offered.
It’s no surprise Vantage takes on what it does. Vantage’s chief engineer, Craig Jamison, worked on the first generation Vantage, went to work for Lotus, and then came back to work on this. I’ve had the chance to take it on some local valley roads and it’s easily one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. Excellent delivery. You can throw it into the corner and feel confident enough that the car’s dynamic torque vectoring will reduce power to pull you out of a bend.
Drive mode and suspension customization are literally at your fingertips. Each can be controlled via buttons on each side of the steering wheel. Vantage comes in three modes. The standard setup is always sport because of course it is. I was expecting to see an economy mode, but the annoying start/stop system (which can be turned off, THANK GOD) gives it some semblance of gas savings.
The other two modes are Sport + and Track. The suspension has the same three settings. They are interchangeable but strangely separated. The driving modes completely change that, throttle response, active exhaust, etc. But choosing Sport+, for example, doesn’t put the suspension in Sport+ either. You have to press the driving mode button and then Suspension adjustment button. So, you can get the suspension in Track mode while in Sport+ driving mode. I would advise anyone not to do this outside of actual driving on the track because the suspension in the track setup is very stiff.
Exterior and Interior Design / Benefit
This thing is a rolling supermodel. Although Vantage appears smaller than it really is, (14 feet long, 7 feet wide and 4 feet high) its body lines draw you in. From those rear wings, and a slim, full-width LED taillight, this vehicle is demanding your attention. I’m not just talking about the rubber-necked looks.
You’ll get thumbs up or people take out their phones to record or take pictures. There are even strange people rushing to ride next to you and stare at you. Given the car’s stunning curves, the front end is oddly simple in its design. Some pointed out that it looked like a Miyata, which is something my son said as well. I didn’t see him at first but after living with him for a week, I can finally see him.
The interior didn’t fascinate me the way I thought it would. Sure, the sports seats are great, but the rest of the interior left a lot to be desired. The dashboard is covered in leather, but with it’s all black it has a slightly understated look. There were a few carbon fiber trim accents on the center console, but it wasn’t spectacular. I didn’t care about the way it was designed at all if I’m honest.
Everything is controlled from the center console, from the interior lighting to the door locks. Vantage also has the annoying trend of having a radio and a display that can’t work independently of each other. If I turn off the radio, the screen is black. This means that you cannot use the navigation system unless the radio is on.
The same is true for climate controls. There is a button called “Menu” that displays the climate control menu. If the radio is off, you cannot bring up the climate controls.
The navigation system is not good either. What makes this even more painful is the fact that Apple Carplay isn’t offered or supported in the Vantage, something I find amazing in a car that costs this much (it also doesn’t come with remote start, which is equally horrible.)
Steering control: The steering wheel is fine. It’s a thick, flat-bottomed, almost racing-like wheel complimented by oversized paddle shifters that stay in place regardless of wheel position. There’s also a nice-sized 12-inch LCD speedo display that changes with driving modes and can display things like vehicle information and certain navigation data.
The Vantage also has some of the best ventilated seats I’ve encountered in any car. seriously. Other automakers need to know how they designed it and take notes.
Charging capacity is also good for what it is. You can put a few weekend bags in the back slot. There are also small cargo racks behind the seats. One sits directly behind it and the other is located above the rear cargo area.
As I mentioned earlier, there is a small issue with this car that some buyers might want to consider. at the post He asks what you want to know about Vantage, one of our readers, V10omous, An interesting question asked: Since this is powered by a V8 sourced from AMG, why would you buy this over actual AMG with the same engine?
The straight answer is that you can’t get this engine in a Mercedes-AMG like a Vantage. The Vantage uses an AMG M177 V8. Most Mercedes-AMG models ending with the number 63 use this engine. Everything from the C63 to the AMG GT 63 four-door coupe. However, Mercedes does not make a sports car with this engine. Sure you can have it in an SL, but the SL is more than an attacking sports car.
In the grand scheme of things, like the interior or the fact that it uses an engine from a different manufacturer, they are all minor annoyances given the Vantage mission. As I mentioned before, I take the “Can I live with this car every day?” attitude. When looking at any vehicle, including six-figure sports cars.
So, can I live with this? Hell yeah. There’s an exclusive Aston Martin that you don’t really get with exotics from Lamborghini and Ferrari. Being here in Southern California the Italian supercars are, dare I say, subscriber. I can’t tell you the last time I saw an Aston Martin anywhere. Maybe that’s a good thing. Aston Martin should remain the hidden gem of the exotic world of motoring.
Aston Martin Vantage Coupe 2022 specs
Unleaded Premium Twin Turbo V-8
Transmission / Engine