New Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE revealed

New Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE revealed

The all-new 2018 Vantage is a list of mind-blowing performance figures and technical specifications wrapped up in an aggressively styled aluminum skin. However, the rest of the vehicle still looks great. Oh, and that ducktail spoiler isn't there just for the look.

As with the V8 version of the DB11, firepower comes from a 510 hp incarnation of the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, with the unit delivering 505 lb-ft of twist in this application (make that 513 lb-ft for the DB11). Don't expect it to feel or sound like a Mercedes, though, as Aston Martin put its touch on the final product. You won't have to wait long: the GTE will make its racing debut in the 2018 World Endurance Car season, driven by Darren Turner, Jonny Adam, Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen and others as part of the Aston Martin Racing works outfit.

The Vantage therefore will incorporate lots of technology that first appeared on the DB11, such as its eight-speed automatic transmission. Nevertheless, as it was the case with the now-replaced auto, we're expecting V12 power to land later on in the Gaydon vehicle's life cycle, with the twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 that serve as the debut engine of the DB11 being the obvious candidate. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an Alcon multi-plate racing clutch, Xtrac six-speed sequential 'box, carbonfibre propshaft and limited-slip diff.

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Customers can buy the new Vantage now with an MSRP of $149,995.

The standard Vantage is said to be capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.5seconds and has a top speed of 195mph. These include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. "Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation", says Aston Martin President Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer.

"I'm enormously excited by what we've created: a new Vantage that's more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package".

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If Aston Martin were looking to cause a bit of commotion then they've certainly done that with the unveiling of their next generation Vantage sports auto. When it and the BMW M8 finally hit the road, they will be very exciting competitors. 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. Both will have twin-turbocharged V8s, both will hit 60 miles per hour in the low-to-mid 3-second range and both will have very sexy good looks.

If we talk about the design, the new generation Vantage looks absolutely different than the DB11.

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