Now that the Aston Martin has launched its DB9 replacement, the Aston Martin DB11, ...
Now that the Aston Martin has launched its DB9 replacement, the Aston Martin DB11, it is time to get the beloved Vantage’s successor ready to go. Well, the next-gen model is expected to debut sometime later this year or early next. And one thing’s for certain, however: the naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V8 is a goner, and will be replaced by the Mercedes-AMG-supplied 4.0 twin-turbo V8.
The Nurburgring footage you are about to see shows the 2018 Vantage test mule doing what it does best: driving fast. It is still covered in some camo, but the overall design does resemble that of the DB11, and that is certainly not the bad thing.
Many have been concerned, and rightly so, and that switching from the NA V8 to the twin-turbo V8 would cause the vehicle to lose some if its character. Going by what we are seeing and hearing here, that won’t be the case.
After all, AMG builds some of the best-sounding engines on this planet. The AMG GT itself is powered by the twin-turbo V8, this new AM engine is based on that. We have still yet to hear of anyone complaining about AMG GT’s sound.
Sources claim the so far unnamed Vantage successor will produce around 456 horsepower – an increase of 40 horsepower over the current vehicle.
We also just reported that Mercedes will be assisting Aston Martin with its future electrification plans, and specifically for the upcoming million-dollar Lagonda Taraf all-electric sedan. But that’s still the few years away, and all of the attention will soon be focused on this AMG-powered Vantage replacement.
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