The Aston Martin Vantage is a supreme example of modern automotive design and hand crafted sports car that offers exceptional performance along with outstanding agility. This is one of the world's most beautiful cars with controlled aggression along with a enigmatic stance, which is incorporated with classic design cues. In India, it is being sold in quite a few variants, of which, Aston Martin Vantage V8 4.7L is the mid range trim. It comes with exquisite craftsmanship and elegant design that is capable enough to make heads turn anywhere. It is blessed with a powerful 4.7-litre petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 4735cc. This quad overhead camshaft based motor can unleash a maximum power of 420bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 470Nm, which is rather incredible. This car has been engineered for poise, balance and grace, expressed aesthetically by the flowing muscular bodywork. The long low bonnet line and two seater internal cabin provides the perfect balance between beauty and sporting intent. Its side profile forms a simple sweep curved line, while the rear looks quite wide and muscular. The company has reduced the size and weight of coupe to maximize the agility. It comes with an overall length of just 4380mm, which is one of the smallest models from their stable. At the same time, technology is at the heart of this luxurious vehicle. It is blessed with an Emotion Control Unit that connects the occupants to the heart of the car. This sophisticated stainless steel and glass device is inserted into the center of the dash and then pressed to fire the glorious sound. On the whole, this coupe is designed for incredible performance and creates complete synthesis between driver and machine.
The company has given this variant an aerodynamic body structure featuring spectacular cosmetics on all its facets. Craft and technology play a crucial role in designing the vehicle. Its hand finished body panels ensure a perfect fit, while it has an all alloy underbody structure, which incorporates bonded aluminum extrusions and castings for superb rigidity. To begin with the front fascia, it is fitted with a sleek bumper that has a wide perforated air intake section for cooling the engine. It is flanked by a couple of LED fog lamps. There is a radiant headlight cluster that is powered by LED headlamps and side turn indicators. Its stylish bonnet with expressive lines and a pair of scoops, which adds to its sporty look. Coming to its side profile, it is absolutely sleek featuring well molded wheel arches and attractive window lining, which is chrome finished. The large side panels are single, which are hand finished and steel pressings ensures that the side and rear three quarter views are especially clean, with a minimum of unsightly shut lines. It also has styling features like chrome waistline molding, body colored door handles and wing mirrors. The car maker is offering this trim with a stylish set of 19-inch, 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels with silver finish. The overall look of its side profile is complimented by expressive air vent located beside the front wheel arch. The rear profile has a distinctive design thanks to the elegant taillight cluster, which is fitted with all LED lights including brake lamps and turn indicators. The bumper is rather plain but is fitted with a protective cladding for preventing it from minor damage. It is also accompanied by quad exhaust pipes, which are garnished in chrome.
The company has designed the internal cabin of this coupe with high technology and lots of features. It has multi position, electrically adjustable seats. Not only this, we can feel the quality of hand stitched leather steering wheel and sense the intuitive layout of the primary controls. The cabin is blessed with a stainless steel and glass Emotion Control Unit, which is designed to be a fine timepiece. This ECU is inserted into a special docking station set within the traditional clear glass starter button. By pressing fully into the starter button it fires the engine. The advanced instrument panel is carefully crafted from aluminum and has a three dimensional profile for easy reading. Its warning lights are hidden behind aluminum mesh faces, which are visible only when illuminated. It has a central message display, which is made of Organic Electroluminescence and makes it easier to read than conventional LCDs. Its full grain leather upholstery and Alcantara head lining gives the cabin a classy look. In addition to these, it also has graphite central console finish, electrically adjustable seats, heated rear window, trip computer, LED map reading lights and many more.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is fitted with a high performance 4.7-litre petrol engine that comes with a displacement capacity of 4735cc. It is coupled with a rear mid mounted six speed manual transmission gear box. The transmission is connected to the engine by a rigid, cast aluminum torque tube, housing the immensely strong and light carbon fibre propeller shaft. It is integrated with eight cylinders and thirty two valves using quad overhead camshaft based technology. This engine can produce a maximum power of 420bhp at 7300rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 470Nm at just 5000rpm. It can accelerate from zero to 100 Kmph in close to 4.7 seconds. At the same time, this coupe can attain a maximum speed of 290 Kmph that is rather incredible.
Braking and Handling:
Its front axle is assembled with independent aluminum double wishbone incorporating anti dive geometry, whereas the rear axle is fitted with independent aluminum double wishbones with anti squat and anti-lift geometry. Both these axles are accompanied by coil over monotube dampers and anti roll bar. This advanced suspension mechanism is further assisted by dynamic stability control and adapting damping system. Its internal cabin is incorporated an advanced rack and pinion based speed sensitive steering system with column tilt and reach adjustment function. It reduces the efforts required by the driver by providing precise response. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 11.1 meters. On the other hand, all its wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated and groove steel disc brakes, which are accompanied by radial mounted four piston monoblock calipers.
This variant is equipped with identical comfort features, which gives the passengers a plush feel while traveling. It is all about luxurious seating arrangement, which is bestowed with several innovative functions. It has an advanced automatic air conditioning system featuring heater and air filter, which regulates the temperature inside the cabin. The company has bestowed it with an advanced and illuminated instrument cluster featuring a color display. It provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer, driver's seat belt warning and a few other notification lamps. For enhancing the ambiance of its cabin, this coupe is blessed with an advanced Aston Martin audio system with six CD auto changer. It also has integrated Apple iPod connector. This music system supports USB port, waveform audio format, windows media player and MPEG audio file compatibility. Apart from these, it also has battery disconnect switch, remote control central door lock and boot release, rear parking sensors and so on.
The list includes dual stage airbags, seat-belt pretensioners, an integrated passive anti theft system (PATS), vehicle alarm system featuring parametric sensors and double locking for doors. It has a rigid aluminum structure with crumple zones that provide utmost safety to its occupants.
1. Ultra modern interior design is a big plus point.
2. Safety and comfort features are at par with other competitors.
1. Price range is rather expensive than other competitors.
2. Seating option is available only for two people.