It has been a little while since we heard anything from the Aston Martin Vantage. With all the attention currently focused on the DBX SUV, we wouldn’t blame the Vantage for feeling left out. But the folks at Aston have not forgotten about their hot-selling sports coupe and have teased what appears to be a spicier version which is set to make its debut on March 22nd.
Swoopier and More Aggressive
Aston Martin chose not to reveal too many details, and for now, we only have one lone shadowy teaser image to look at. However, some clues do emerge when you look at it under a much more scrutinous microscope. For starters, it appears to have a very uncanny resemblance to the recently unveiled Vantage F1 Safety Car. The Safety Car has a very distinctive rear spoiler, and it appears the new model has a similar piece mounted on its trunk lid.
The front fascia also appears to be bigger than stock, and two slashes along the fender could be functional vents. While the shadows hide other clues from view (despite our best efforts on photoshop), it would be logical to assume that the interior will offer distinct appointments to help it stand out from its mainstream cousin. This could include a higher amount of carbon fiber as well as splashes of Alcantara for the seats.
Could This Be a New AMR Model?
Along with some of the finer elements of its styling, the British sports car company also kept its official moniker from prying eyes. While this does help increase the amount of mystery surrounding the model, we suspect that this could perhaps be the next generation AMR. The As was limited to only 200 examples, and it would e natural to assume that we could be looking at an evolution of the AMR variant.
While persistent rumors of a V12 equipped Vantage continue to swirl within the company’s inner confines, we suspect that this new model will retain the familiar 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that’s sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The outgoing AMR made 503 horsepower, and perhaps this could be the one that helps push the engine into the same 525 horsepower territory as its safety car sibling.
The transmission could also see some minor software tweaks to help it create a more aggressive driving experience, especially for buyers looking to embrace a more track-ready driving experience. Thankfully we won’t have to wait very long to see it, with Aston Martin reps revealing that the model will be making its official debut on March 22nd. Hopefully, we will have more answers and a good idea of what Aston Martin is trying to achieve here with this model.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.