According to credible reports, Aston Martin is set to replace the Vantage lineup for the 2018 model year. However, before that happens, Aston Martin has designed a new V-8 Vantage specifically for the U.S. market. Unlike in other markets where the model is sold in both GT and S variants, the automaker has consolidated them to a single version dubbed the 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTS.
It will only be available in the U.S. Actually; this is your last chance to lay your hands on a naturally aspirated V-8 Vantage because its successor engine will feature twin-turbochargers. The new model is offered in both coupe and convertible bodies. Two trims will be offered i.e. Sport and Lux. Read along to find out what the new model packs:
2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTS Exterior and interior
Aston Martin has differentiated the two trims to stand apart from each other. As such, when you chose one, you have to sacrifice some of the other trim’s features.
The Sport trim
For the Sport trim, the model features an array of sporty features. Aston Martin has upgraded its exterior design by hooking it up with a black paint finish on the grille and headlight bezels. Carbon-fiber has also been used on a number of surfaces. On the inside, the model features a choice of either black or gray upholstery. Alcantara is also available.
The model’s center stack also features a carbon-fiber trim while its rotary controls have a black finish. For extra performance, the model features a sport-tuned suspension.
The Lux trim
The Lux trim, on the other hand is more comfort-oriented as opposed to performance. It features a firm suspension rather than a sport-tuned suspension. On the outside, it is differentiated by glossy-black pieces on the front splitter, a bright-colored grille, a rear diffuser, new vent strakes on the hood and new headlights and window surrounds.
Sliding inside, the cabin looks more luxurious than that of the Sport trim. Leather is used unsparingly on the seats, on the dash, door panels and almost on every other surface. Its switch gears feature a satin chrome finish. The model is fitted with a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system as standard unlike in the Lux where it is offered as an option.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTS still features the naturally aspirated 4.7 L, V-8 engine. The automaker claims that the engine has been tweaked to produce 44 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque, a 10 hp hike from the current models.
I understand that the successor will be hooked up with a turbo 4.0 V-8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 7-speed single-clutch automatic system. Like the 2017 V-12 Vantage S, the automaker has also decided to offer the V-8 vantage GTS with a 6-speed manual gearbox to give drivers a more engaged driving experience.
Aston Martin argues that almost half of performance-oriented car buyers prefer manual models for a more spirited driving. Therefore, the decision of many automakers to do away with manual systems in their performance vehicles is leaving them out “high and dry”.
Price and release date
The coupe will set you back $137,820 and can go higher depending on the options you choose. A convertible starts at $152,320. Only 100 models of the V-8 Vantage GTS will be produced and according to the automaker, the models have already sold out.
If you feel this model is a little off to your liking or performance, Aston Martin readily offers the V-12 Vantage S which packs a 565 hp engine under its hood. It has an MSRP of only $186,295.