New Aston Martin Vantage launched

THE new Aston Martin Vantage was launched in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

“First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans and the much-loved V8 Vantage. Today, this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage,” said Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur.

“This car is the second new model under our Second Century Plan. The second of seven new models in seven years,” explained Aston Martin head of Southeast Asian sales operations Nancy Chen.

“It (Second Century Plan) is a bold plan, and it is working. We have made a strong start with the DB11, taking Aston Martin back into profit earlier this year. The new Vantage will build on this success, and take the company to greater heights.”

The Vantage is powered by 4.0-litre, 503hp/685Nm twin-turbo V8 engine mated to eight-speed transmission.

“It is crafted for the independent thinker, one who has a strong and individual identity who wants to make a statement with their car,” said Wearnes regional managing director Gabor Csurgai.

Wearnes is the official Aston Martin dealer for Malaysia, operating all sales and aftersales responsibilities in the country.

The Vantage’s engine is set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, denoting a high performance and high efficiency engine. Deploying its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 315km/h, employing “a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment”.

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For the first time on an Aston Martin, the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behaviour, and react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel. At higher speeds, the E-Diff’s speed and sensitivity of response enables the system to take very fine control of the car’s dynamic behaviour. It makes the car feel much more composed both in terms of its straight-line stability and its cornering performance, providing the driver with increased levels of confidence to explore and enjoy the car’s capabilities to the fullest.

The new Vantage’s estimated price is RM1,600,000 after duties.