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Aston Martin’s new Vantage gets a massive power increase

Reworked twin-turbo V8 gains over 100hp in output

Drivers will enjoy the new Vantage's big bump in power. PHOTO FROM ASTON MARTIN

Whenever manufacturers update their models, they usually create a bunch of modest changes to lure buyers into thinking that they’re getting something significantly different. For example, a particular car would get a new front fascia or a more modern infotainment system. But when Aston Martin refreshed its Vantage sports car, it was anything but subtle.

Getting the Vantage's tail to slide will definitely be easier. PHOTOS FROM ASTON MARTIN

The most significant revision comes in the form of its reworked engine. The 4.0-liter V8 receives bigger turbos, reshaped cams, additional radiators, and a bigger oil cooler to produce 656hp at the crank—153hp more than the previous version. For those who find it difficult to appreciate that kind of bump in power, it’s more or less similar to the output of the Mazda CX-30’s motor.

Delivering all that muscle to the rear axle is an eight-speed automatic gearbox with legs long enough to reach 325km/h. Launching the Vantage is also made easier with a new traction-control system that can be finely tuned to suit road conditions. Get the programming right and the sprint to 60mph (97km/h) takes just 3.4 seconds.

The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are resilient to abuse. PHOTOS FROM ASTON MARTIN

Keeping all that additional power in check are even more goodies in the handling department. Stiffer bracing, new adaptive dampers, bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport tires, and changes to the electronic power steering all contribute to increased stability in high-speed corners. The Vantage can also shave off speed later and harder with its optional carbon-ceramic brakes that offer fade-free performance even under repetitive use.

The bigger front grille cools the engine effectively. PHOTO FROM ASTON MARTIN

The bodywork had to undergo some minor surgery to account for the additional cooling that the engine needed. The larger grille now funnels more air into the Vantage’s slew of radiators, and a new splitter improves front-end grip. As with most of Aston Martin’s products, there is extensive customizability with customers getting to choose from three livery layouts, 21 standard colors, and three designs for the 21-inch wheels.

The cockpit is fit for both track days and long drives. PHOTOS FROM ASTON MARTIN

Off the track, the Vantage can also be a comfortable highway cruiser. The 10.25-inch touchscreen has Apple and Android connectivity, runs the brand’s next-generation software, and is designed to work with a phone app to enhance the ownership experience. For the discerning audiophile, there is an optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Production of the new Vantage is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year. Customer deliveries are slated to begin immediately after.

NOTE: Unfortunately, the brand’s authorized dealership in the Philippines, Aston Martin Manila, seems to now be out of business, as its Facebook page has stopped posting anything.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.