2024 Aston Martin Vantage debuts with significant upgrades


Aston Martin has updated the 5th gen Vantage for 2024 with styling, technology and power upgrades. Pricing info can probably be availed from your local dealer, but the deliveries are scheduled to begin in Q2 2024.

So, what’s new? Well, the new Vantage now looks more like the DB12, thanks to the new Matrix LED headlights and the bumper redesign. I’m not sure if making the Vantage look like DB12 is what the designers were going for, but I guess now it’s a bit more challenging to differentiate between this and the DB12 from a distance unless you’re an Aston Martin nerd. The side profile remains mostly unchanged, while at the rear, the bumper has been redesigned to include what appears to be air outlets.

As standard, the Vantage rides on 5-spoke 21-inch forged alloy wheels, but there are multi-spoke and Y-spoke options to choose from. The rims are wrapped with ‘AML’ coded Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tyres (275/35 R21 (103Y) front and 325/30 R21 (108Y) rear) made specifically for the Vantage. As standard, braking duties are handled by cast-iron rotors measuring 400 mm at the front and 360 mm at the rear, but Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB) can be found in the options list; these are claimed to save 27 kg (59.5 lbs) in unsprung mass, and offer increased braking performance and reduced brake fade at temperatures of up to 800 °C.

The company also said that the body structure has been enhanced for a more focused and engaging dynamics and increased overall torsional rigidity. The changes include a re-engineered and re-positioned front body cross member, which has been moved rearwards to increase mounting point stiffness for the double-wishbone front suspension for improved on and off-centre steering feel; a stiffer-yet-lighter front engine cross brace for increased torsional rigidity and lateral stiffness between the front suspension towers, and a 29% increase in stiffness under cornering load due to increased lateral strengthening between the rear suspension towers.

On the inside, the changes are significant. I mean, the dashboard and centre console design makes the car look like a new-generation model as opposed to a mere facelift. Key highlights include a 10.25-inch central touchscreen, 3D maps, a 11-speaker audio system, optional 15-speaker Bower & Wilkins audio system, 4G connectivity, sports seats, etc.

Other notable points of the car include 6D-IMU, or Inertial Measurement Unit, Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff), Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control (acts on the brakes, powertrain and E-Diff to manage the ESP  to optimize balance and handling), and Adjustable Traction Control (ATC). The E-Diff can go from zero to full lock in 135 ms and can react as quickly as 60 ms when needed as a vehicle dynamics modifier.

The re-worked 4.0L V8 biturbo from Affalterbach now offers 489 kW (665 metric hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque; an increase of 155 metric hp and 115 Nm (85 lb-ft). These higher outputs have been achieved through the adoption of modified cam profiles, optimized compression ratios, larger turbos, and increased cooling. The 8-speed ZF features a shortened Final Drive Ratio (3.083:1) and faster shift calibration.

Aston Martin claims a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) sprint time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). There’s a new Launch Control System as well.

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