The new 2018-2019 Aston Vantage changes up things completely, satisfying many sports car aficionados complaints, and is now almost as desirable as the new DB11 at a bunch cheaper.
Aston Martins have always been a cars I loved, enough to finally buy one in place of my Lamborghini Gallardo. But everyone has bitched about the louse single-clutch transmission, poor horsepower compared to rivals, aging technology and chassis development. It looks to be a much better car with an AMG-built 4.0-liter V-8 503 HP 0-60 3.5 seconds, 198 MPH top speed, a new 8-speed ZF trans, and a seven speed manual transmission is in the works.
Not designed as a GT car, the new Aston Martin Vantage falls somewhere in that nether land between a GT and pure sports car.
So who better to get behind the wheel than Daniel Ricciardo, Formula One driver for Red Bull. Hitchhiking along the road, Ricciardo gets a lift from ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle, and the two enjoy the newest machine from Aston.
And why Daniel Ricciardo was chosen to light up the tires is easy logic. Red Bull and Aston Martin have been working behind the scenes on several automotive projects. Everyone knows that from 2018 on, the team will be known as Aston Martin Red Bull racing. No, Aston isn’t building engines or anything, even as desperately as Red Bull needs one. Rather, the AM logo indicates Aston Martin’s corporate sponsorship and it looks like the two entities are just getting started.
I saw the neon yellow 2019 Aston Vantage at press days at the L.A. Auto Show and from a couple of angles it’s a much nicer look, but I couldn’t help wonder why Aston Martin chose to release this car in this shade, called Lime Essence. Hopefully not for sale in this color (and unsalable for some future owner trying to unload it), in silver, grey, black or something dark, this Vantage is a new direction from what has been a rather staid company.
As Red Bull and Aston Martin hook up to build supercars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie, both seek the other’s expertise in marketing, auto manufacturing and in racing, and with this move, Aston Martin has suddenly gone from humdrum to hot with revenues up 84% to $600 million for the period ending September 30, 2017.
“Louie, this looks like the beginning of”…well, you know the rest.
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