The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage has begun testing at the Nurburgring.
At first glance, this prototype looks a bit like an old Aston Martin DB11 prototype. But if you look closer, you can see that it’s a true two-seater coupe rather than the 2+2 setup found in the DB11. The prototype is also shorter than the DB11, which makes sense considering the new Vantage will ride on a shortened version of the DB11’s new aluminum platform. Compared to the current Vantage, however, expect the new model to be slightly longer, wider and lower. Don’t be surprised to see plenty of the DB11’s interior design and technology to find its way into the Vantage as well.
Under the hood, it is expected that the British automaker will use an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. According to spy photographers, the plate used on this particular prototype revealed that there is a 4.0-liter engine being used.
Naturally, there will be a range-topping Vantage V12 model, using an all-new 5.2-liter engine from the DB11. And since Aston Martin is keen to keep its manual transmissions, a six-speed unit should be standard.
Look for the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage coupe to bow in fall 2017 with a convertible version following six to nine months later.
Discuss this story on our Aston Martin Forum