Vantage Issue 22

A quarterly magazine for buyers and enthusiasts of Aston Martin cars. Vantage celebrates 100 years of one of the coolest car brands on the planet from the early gentlmens racers through to the all-new Vanquish. If you've a passion for Aston Martin's you'll love Vantage magazine.

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magical history tour

OF THE MANY GREAT NAMES associated with Aston Martin, Vantage is without doubt the most evocative. Since it was first applied to a DB2 in the early 1950s it has outgrown its rather prosaic original application denoting a more powerful engine to assume much greater significance. As we see from the cover of this issue, Vantage is an unbroken thread that runs through the fabric of the company. We could have included more examples – the DB7 Vantage, for instance – but in the end we had to draw the line somewhere. We think we’ve explored the breadth of the Vantage influence and captured the essence of what it means, whether designating a high-performance derivative as it did originally, or giving its moniker to a standalone model. Driving these six generations…

return of the v bomber

V600. IF YOU’RE OLD ENOUGH to remember Aston’s late-90s twin-supercharged behemoth, then the hairs on the back of your neck have just prickled on reading that iconic alphanumeric name. The reason for its resurrection? A fitting last hurrah for the ‘VH’ Vantage. Commissioned through Gaydon’s bespoke skunkworks ‘Q by Aston Martin’ by a particularly adventurous customer, the 2018 V12 Vantage V600 evokes the spirit of the 1998 V8 Vantage V600 with a celebratory run of seven coupés and seven roadsters to mark the end of the line for the most successful model in Aston Martin’s history. In essence, the V600 is an evolution of the unicorn-like Vantage AMR Pro, which in turn took its inspiration from Aston Martin Racing’s V8 Vantage GTE World Endurance Championship racer and 2017 Le Mans GTE Pro…

dbs returns as aston flagship

THE DBS IS BACK! Or at least it will be by the time you read this, for as we closed for press Aston Martin was poised to release full details and reveal official images of its new flagship, the new DBS Superleggera. Replacing the Vanquish as Aston’s series-production flagship, the DBS follows the marque’s familiar super-GT format but promises to take it to new levels, courtesy of a high-output version of the marque’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12. Of course we’ll miss the magnificent, naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 that made the Vanquish S (and the previous DBS, pictured above right) so memorable, but given that there’s talk of 700bhp-plus and tarmac-rucking quantities of torque, the new DBS looks set to be positioned firmly in Ferrari territory – at least in terms of top speed…

new gt3 and gt4 vantage racers

WITH ITS ALL-NEW Vantage GTE entering its debut season in the World Endurance Championship, Aston Martin Racing has announced it will be introducing GT3 and GT4 versions for the 2019 season. Designed and built alongside AMR’s WEC GTE class challenger at its Banbury headquarters, the new derivatives will replace the ultra-successful V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4, which currently form the backbone of Aston Martin’s customer racing activities around the world. With the outgoing GT3 and GT4 still capable of winning races a dozen years after the first customer Vantage racing car was purchased, the replacements have big shoes to fill. In total, 42 V12 Vantage GT3s were built. The car proved hugely popular with customers and has an enviable roll of honour that includes three British GT Championships (2013,…

reborn icons on track

PRODUCTION of the DB4 GT Continuation model continues apace at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, and in May a group of some of the earliest customers were able to put their cars through their paces at a Silverstone trackday. It certainly made for a stirring sight, as five owners from around the world were able to drive their cars on the circuit where the very first DB4 GT made its competition debut in the hands of Stirling Moss in 1959, winning first time out. Just 25 of the Continuation cars are being hand-built at the old factory site – the first time new cars have been built there since mk1 Vanquish production ended in 2007 – and part of the ownership package is a two-year international programme of exclusive trackdays,…

an evening with aston martin

VANTAGE’S SISTER TITLE, OCTANE, is hosting a very special, Aston-themed event at London’s Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel on Tuesday, July 17. An Evening with Aston Martin is a celebration of all things Aston – past, present and future – and speakers will include current CEO Andy Palmer and chief creative officer Marek Reichman, along with other well-known figures from the Aston world. Compere for the event is Steve Rider. The evening will include a champagne reception and three-course meal with wine, followed by interviews and questions from the floor. Tickets cost £200 per seat or £1900 per table of ten, but early responders can get a discounted rate of £175 per head or £1600 per table. For more info and to book tickets for what promises to be a memorable…