From the Bondi Beach to the Blue Mountains, Sydney delivers a spectacular array of sights and sounds, and what better way to experience them then in a new Aston Martin Vantage? This bold and sporty coupe has been on our bucket list for ages, so it was with absolute relish that we hopped behind the wheel to cruise through a city we know so well.
Drawn to the car’s dynamic exterior and signature exhaust system, various eyes and ears veered in our direction as we traversed the urban terrain. To quote the great Tom Petty, it’s good to be king, if just for a while.
In case it’s not already obvious, the new Vantage is an extraordinary feat of automotive strength. Taking design cues from the track-only Vulcan, this sporty stunner delivers extreme performance and aesthetics alike. Between the minimal front and rear overhangs, aggressive flanks, and wide haunches, the car adopts a downright predatory stance.
Driving home the raptorial vibes are hard, expressive lines and ultra-slim LEDs at the front and rear.
Under the sleek hood is a 4.0-litre, 510PS/685Nm twin-turbo V8 engine along with eight-speed ZF transmission. Purposefully positioned to deliver an optimal centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, the engine’s dry weight of 1530kg results in superb power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios.
With this impressive set-up at its disposal, the car reaches a top speed of 195mph and goes from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds flat. Preserving stability, finesse, and control is a swath of integrated electronic systems, including Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring.
Naturally, we didn’t push the Vantage to its limits while driving down city streets, but don’t take that to mean we weren’t tempted. At the very least, the acceleration and handling were as smooth as could possibly be.
Speaking of smooth, this ride has aerodynamics on lock. The front splitter moves airflow underneath the car, where cool air is properly channelled and clear air is directed toward the rear diffuser. Pair that diffuser with integrated side gills and an upswept rear deck lid and you end up with the first core production Aston Martin model to feature significant levels of downforce.
Representing another benchmark, the new Aston Martin Vantage is also the first of its kind to feature an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). Because the differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, there comes an insane tier of responsiveness.
As opposed to a standard LSD, the E-Diff goes from fully open to fully locked in the literal blink of an eye, offering greater control over dynamics when the car reaches high speeds (okay, so maybe we did put it through its paces just a little).
Inside, the sportscar cockpit eschews long curves in favour of hard lines. Up front is a combination of rotary and toggle style controls, reinforcing the model’s sporty and optimal allure. That’s joined by a stellar infotainment system, accessible by way of a centrally mounted 8″ LCD screen.
It consists of an Aston Martin Audio System, Bluetooth audio, phone streaming, iPod, iPhone, and USB playback, and an integrated satellite navigation system. Also featured is a slew of additional perks, including keyless start/stop, a tyre pressure monitoring system, parking distance display, park assist, and front and rear parking sensors.
For decades, the Vantage has endured as one of Aston Martin’s most iconic models. That’s as true now as it was in 1951 when the nameplate first debuted. Thoroughly evocative and resoundingly sleek, the car combines swift performance and premium design to thrilling effect.
To say that there are worse ways to drive around Sydney might be the understatement of the year.
Thank you, Aston Martin.