Aston Martin has a long relationship with James Bond, an iconic partnership since 1964. Many of its car models have been in the limelight alongside legendary actors like Sean Connery and Roger Moore who’ve played the fictional character. In 1987, the Aston Martin Vantage made its first and only appearance in ‘The Living Daylights’, which featured Timothy Dalton who played 007 back then. With the rebirth of the all-new Aston Martin V8 Vantage, ardent fans of the marque (and the movie) could see the sports car making a comeback in future Bond films.
A classic Aston Martin number, the Aston Martin Vantage comes with an all-new design to create its signature athletic and predatory stance. One new introduction into the V8 Vantage would be its new head and tail lights, giving the Vantage a new look on the road.
Aerodynamic performance is another key aspect to the design of the V8 Vantage with a new front splitter, which redirects airflow towards the undercarriage. This allows cooling air to be channelled to the rear diffuser while remaining clean.
At the heart of the Aston Martin Vantage sits a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which is set as low and as far back in the chassis. This provides an optimal centre-of-gravity with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Aston Martin Vantage is a rear-wheel drive sports car that comes with a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. This allows it to accelerate from 0-100kph in just 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 195kph.
The Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff) will also be making its debut in the V8 Vantage, a first for any Aston Martin vehicle. The E-Diff lends a hand in its overall driving experience, ensuring you the smoothest drive possible. It’s connection to the car’s electronic stability control system allows it to react accordingly. Whether it’s speeding down the highway or taking corners, the E-Diff direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheels.
As for its interior, the Aston Martin Vantage sports the standard equipment you can find in any luxury sports car. The likes of sports seats and keyless start/stop are some of the features included into its cockpit. It’s infotainment system comes straight from Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND Online with an 8-inch LCD panel.
The Aston Martin Vantage is now available for viewing at its showroom in Etiqa Twins, Kuala Lumpur. It also comes with an estimated price at RM1,600,000. (Images: Aston Martin)