Update: Read our review of the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage here.
If you liked the way the James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 looked in Spectre, you’re in luck. Shots of the new Vantage prototype testing on British roads have surfaced and even with a wild, day-glow vinyl wrap, it’s easy to tell it’s a near carbon copy of the car used in the film.
Outside of what it looks like very little has been confirmed on the new Vantage in the way of performance specs. It’s been known for some time that Aston Martin has worked out a deal with Mercedes-Benz to start using the German manufacturer’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and Vantage prototypes have been spotted testing at the Nürburgring since last year, barking out that unmistakable V8 grumble.
It’s the same V8 in the upcoming DB11 and current AMG GT, which pumps out 503 hp, but sees 577 hp in the AMG GT R, so it’s safe to say that’s the window the Vantage will be working in. And, as reported by Road and Track late last year, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said, “With every generation, my goal is that there is at least a manual option car in the range. That translates not just to this generation of the car, but also to the next generation of the car, then the generation thereafter.” So that’s definitely something look forward to.
All of this, of course, won’t be confirmed until later this year when the new Vantage makes its full debut. The Frankfurt Auto Show would be the best guess — stay tuned.