2019 Aston Martin Vantage V8 Review | carsales

2019 Aston Martin Vantage V8 Review | carsales


Can you hear that? That’s a Mercedes AMG engine, but this isn’t
the new C 63 or GT. This is the new Aston Martin Vantage. Yes, the British manufacturer has gone outside
for a little bit of external input with its new engine. I can tell you, this car is all the better
for it. A British car with a stonking German engine. The concept might sound foreign, but it isn’t
without precedents. The most notable example, a certain McLaren
from the 1990s. Now, unlike the McLaren F1, the new Vantage
isn’t out to break any land speed records. But it has an equally uphill task, taking
it to the sports car establishment. Priced from $300,000 before on road costs,
the Vantage is built on a shortened platform of the DB11. But this car is much more driver focused. With a 1,530kg curb weight, stubby 4.4m proportions,
50 50 weight distribution, and a front metre engine layout. Compared with the more GT centric DB11, the
rear suspension is solidly mounted, and there are 70% new parts. It might borrow the Mercedes AMG engine, but
the Vantage features Aston’s own software tune, inlet, and exhausts systems, and a new
rear mounted, eight speed, automatic gearbox. It sounds distinctly British as well. There’s a really nice snarl to this engine,
and a terrific crackle on the overrun. But equally, the departure from a V12 means
that this car feels more lively in the bends. Whereas previous V12 powered Vantages bludgeoned
their way through the turns, this feels light and lively. It is pure rear drive bliss. Now, credit where credit is due here, I think
Aston Martin have done a terrific job with the engine and gearbox calibration. This car is refined and builds speed effortlessly
in normal situations. But then, when you put the hammer down, it
pulls really hard and long for a turbo engine. You’re getting power all the way through
to $7,000. Amazing. There are some traditional Aston Martin elements
inside the cabin, including beautiful leather at every corner. But frankly, for this price point, there are
way too many buttons. And the infotainment system is a little bit
last generation. But with all that said, this is a Vantage
that you’d buy for the driving experience, and not for those superficial elements. I think for the first time in a while, this
car genuinely takes it to the sports car establishment.