‘Vantage’ is the evocative name for a bloodline of thoroughbred sportscars in the Aston Martin range and the line began as far back as 1951 on a variant of the DB2 with a high-output engine. Over the decades that followed, the name was established in its own right and 2018 sees the seventh generation arriving in Malaysia.

“This car is the second new model under our ‘Second Century Plan’. It is the second of seven new models in seven years,” explained Nancy Chen, Head of Sales Operations for Aston Martin, Southeast Asia. “The Plan is a bold one – 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.”

Priced in the region of RM1.6 million (including duties), the new Aston Martin sportscar is powered by 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which sends its 510 ps/685 Nm to the wheels through a ZF 8-speed transmission. Leaving the traffic lights, it would take just 3.6 seconds to speed past 100 km/h and on to speeds way beyond any national speed limit in the world.

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.

The powertrain lives in a body with a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent with the car.

The new head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures, giving the Vantage an unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong, individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.

Aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the car.

Inside the Vantage is a dynamic focused sportscar cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom

The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, though some 70% of the structure’s new components are new for Vantage. Balance, strength, rigidity and weight efficiency were all priorities in the new Vantage design, as was handling purity and consistency.

For those who own the Vantage (or any Aston Martin) in Malaysia, Wearnes Quest offers the highest standards of aftersales support required of them as authorised representatives of the British brand that is 105 years old. The company has established an Aston Martin Service Centre in Sungai Buloh on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur which is fully air-conditioned service centre and equipped with the latest tools, technology and equipment. Needless to say, the personnel are also fully trained to handle any Aston Martin.

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