Vantage Issue 20

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.

United Kingdom
Autovia Limited
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WE’VE GROWN USED to big things happening in the world of Aston Martin lately but, even by recent standards, the last few weeks have been quite extraordinary. In the space of ten days, Aston Martin sent its super-successful V8 Vantage GTE into retirement with not one but two World Endurance Championship titles, launched the allnew Vantage and its racing sibling, the Vantage GTE, to the world’s media, then capped things off by announcing record profits, driven by sales of the DB11 and the sold-out quartet of special-series Vanquish Zagato variants. Oh, and CEO Andy Palmer also managed to squeeze in his 24-hour racing debut, sharing a Vantage GT8 to an impressive class podium in the 24 Hours of Circuit of The Americas. It’s all hugely exciting stuff if you’re a fan…

drophead gorgeous

FOLLOWING CLOSE ON THE HEELS of the V8-engined DB11 coupé, Aston Martin was quick to release full details and images of the new DB11 Volante, having shown teaser images of a lightly disguised car earlier in the year. Open-top DB Astons follow an elegant recipe with enduring appeal, and the new soft-top DB11 is no exception. It’s a truly stunning looking car, roof up or down, and will undoubtedly sell like hot cakes, especially in the US, traditionally Aston’s strongest market for convertibles. The DB11 coupé’s design relies heavily on the sweeping roofline, so the Volante could have lost some of that visual flow and balance, yet to our eye the shape works beautifully, even with the roof raised (see over the page). Speaking of the roof, it’s an all-new design. One that…

‘as fast as a formula 1 car’

WE HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN a finished Valkyrie road car yet, but already Aston Martin is teasing us with renderings and juicy details of its even more extreme, track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro. To be fair to Aston, this ultra-extreme version of the Valkyrie was always part of the plan. Indeed, a number of customers who ordered a road car also ordered the track version. The ultimate BOGOF deal? Somehow we doubt it. So what separates the AMR Pro from the ‘regular’ Valkyrie? As you can see from the renderings, most of the differences are aero-related. Indeed all the aerodynamic surfaces are said to have changed – most noticeably the much larger front and rear wings – along with what Aston calls ‘new active aero control strategies’. All in the pursuit of more downforce. There…

the art of the estate

GLORIOUS, ISN’T IT? Yes, we know we’re a bit late to the party with this news story, but frankly we don’t need an excuse to run a picture of the sensational Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. The final instalment of Aston and Zagato’s Vanquish adventure, the Shooting Brake is arguably the most special of the awesome foursome, and a fine addition to Aston Martin’s love affair with high-performance estate cars. All the hallmarks of a great Zagato are present, including the double-bubble roof, which extends rakishly into the powered tailgate. Still a strict two-seater – trimmed in fully aniline leather with an embroidered ‘Z’ motif – the Shooting Brake will feature a luxuriously trimmed load area, so not ideal for runs to the tip or filling with Ikea flatpacks, but the extra space…

ultimate vanquish

WITH PRODUCTION of the Vanquish S almost at close, Aston Martin is bidding farewell with the Vanquish S Ultimate. This echoes the runout model of the first-generation Vanquish, which was also called Ultimate and has since become highly sought-after among collectors. Limited to just 175 cars worldwide, the new Vanquish S Ultimate is available in coupé and Volante form and retains the standard Vanquish S powertrain - that’s to say the magnificent 5.9-litre 592bhp naturally aspirated V12 and Touchtronic III paddleshift automatic transmission. The chassis also remains unchanged. Ultimates will be available in a choice of three ‘designer themes’: the car pictured has Ultimate Black paint with Copper Bronze graphics and Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan interior, all cabins having bespoke ‘Ultimate’ embroidered detailing. With Aston’s new series-production models switching to turbocharged V8…

on top of the world: amr at the double

WORLD CHAMPIONS. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Even better when the title has just been won by Aston Martin Racing and its crack GTE Am crew of gentleman racer Paul Dalla Lana and pros Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda in their #98 Vantage GTE. Ordinarily we would now give you a race-by-race breakdown of how they secured that world title but, thanks to the vagaries of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) calendar and the limitations of a quarterly magazine schedule, our previous update only got us halfway through the WEC season. Since then, WEC has taken the world’s best endurance racing teams on a whistlestop tour of the globe, with races in Mexico, Texas, Japan, China and Bahrain. That’s the entire second half of the season completed in a little under three months. Suffice…