The 2025 Aston Martin Vantage gets a bold new body and a big power boost


An orange Aston Martin Vantage in the Spanish countryside
in great shape , First revealed in 2017, the current Aston Martin Vantage has just undergone a styling and engineering overhaul.

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Now it's time for Aston Martin to have a winner on its hands. Last year it updated the DB12 with a smart new face, plenty of power and the kind of infotainment you'd expect from a luxury GT. The company's 'entry-level' car, the Vantage, has been treated similarly, in the hope that it might draw a few more people away from Porsche dealerships.

Aston not only wants to make better cars, but also changes its image – its goal is to look more luxurious than ever, as well as throw as much power as possible at the cars. At first glance, it looks like Aston has created something really tasty.

The new car is 150 hp (112 kW) more powerful than the one it replaces, with 656 hp (490 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) from a luxuriously appointed turbocharged 4.0 L V8. 0-60 mph is quoted at 3.4 seconds, and Aston reckons you'll hit 200 mph (321 km/h) if you have enough room (and no speed limit). Will see the part. It is not slow.

Aston has never had a problem making really good-looking cars, but the new Vantage is a huge leap forward over its predecessor. As with the old car, the idea was that each model in the line up would look suitably different depending on its appearance. It was supposed to look like an athletic, purposeful, sportscar. And this happened. But it didn't retain its Aston Martinness.

Apart from keeping it fresh, the facelift also improved the cooling and aerodynamic performance of the car.
in great shape , Apart from keeping it fresh, the facelift also improved the cooling and aerodynamic performance of the car.

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New does a lot. From its new headlights to its grille, side vents, skirts, quad exhaust pipes and one of the best rear ends in the market today, the new car looks like an Aston Martin through and through. Of course, some changes are necessary – the front grille is 38 percent larger than before because having a V8 with so much power means it needs better cooling. In fact, look closely and you'll see a number of tricks Aston uses to improve cooling and airflow throughout the car. If I were a person wearing glasses on the tip of their nose I'd start mumbling something about “form and function work together”, but I'm not, so I won't.

Aston left no stone unturned in saying that there would never be another V12 Vantage, and the previous generation's take on it was the end of the line. This meant that engineers didn't have to worry about giving the V8 so much power. The old V8 Vantage could have been almost as powerful, but the need to differentiate with the V12 meant it would have been imprudent.

From the outside your head will spin, from the inside you should be smiling. The direct predecessor's seats and dash were pleasant and comfortable, but the center console and infotainment? not great. It was of the 'slap a tablet to dash' generation, and was run with a new version of Merc's COMAND system that was definitely of its era and was not a patch on the existing system. Today's Vantage gets the same setup you'll find in the DB12 – a 12.5-inch touch screen, paired with real buttons that do real things.

Looking good has rarely been a problem for Aston Martin.
in great shape , Looking good has rarely been a problem for Aston Martin.

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The screen itself is responsive and quick, while the buttons feel 'right' for what they're supposed to do. A large dial in the middle of the console switches between Sport (the Vantage's standard mode), Sport+, Individual, Track and Wet modes. Happily, Aston has kept the things you need within easy, physical reach.

With excessive power, comes a lot of noise, especially at start-up. Whoever is saying that turbocharging has eliminated exhaust notes should spend some time with this car. There are three exhaust settings: normal, fast, or very fast. Too loud is where your happy place probably is. Your neighbors, not so much.

On the road, despite the immense power, it is easy to drive. You can see quite well from the front, although the A-pillars are a bit thick. The mirrors are large enough that you can get a wide view of what's behind you, and none of the controls are complicated in any way. It is designed in such a way that people who love driving can go ahead with it.

We believe it's as good to drive as it is to look at.
in great shape , We believe it's as good to drive as it is to look at.

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Point it straight, floor the throttle, and you'll find yourself making interesting noises (most of them four-letter ones). Power delivery is smooth but can be quite violent if you choose. It has far more 'neck issues' than the 911 Turbo S, and feels all the better for it. The steering, no matter which mode you lean to, is a touch on the light side but it responds wonderfully. It bounces neatly as you switch from left to right, deftly tiptoeing the car from apex to apex.

The standard Sport setting is about right for regular asphalt – the suspension doesn't feel too stiff, and its powertrain is suitably brutal. Flipping it to the harsher Sport+ or Track modes makes the proceedings a little uncomfortable, and perhaps unnecessary for the highway. Its eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is also a delight.

On the track you can explore it a little more. You quickly realize how capable and communicative it is. The car will move around and react to how you're treating it to let you know what's going to happen. This means that you can easily start guessing the car and find yourself having a lot of fun. It's important to remember that there's actually more than enough power under the hood, so perhaps it's a wise move not to turn off the nine-stage adjustable traction control too early.

In the past, the Vantage has always played second fiddle to the much-maligned Porsche 911 as the default choice for a daily driver sports car for anyone looking to spend six figures. But with the new car's massive power bump and expected price closer to $200,000, we expect the 2025 model to be a little more exclusive.

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