2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage first drive: It’s turbo time

The last-generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage was around for over a decade. Throughout its life it carried itself with grace and refused to age badly, while offering V8 noises and effortless cool wherever it went. Following it will be no mean feat, but with a fresh chassis, AMG power, and a bold new look, the new Vantage has the right ingredients to pull off something special.

Gone are the days of a mildly confused model line-up, too. Each Aston Martin will not only look suitably different from its stablemates, but they’ll feel different as well. The DB11 is the grand tourer, Vantage is sports car through and through.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage
2018 Aston Martin Vantage

First impressions

Oh boy, that’s wide. And its bonnet is loooooooong (with many extra ‘o’s). At first glance it’s a purposeful thing, though from the front it can be quite colour dependent. See, there’s a power bulge on the hood that can be rendered pretty much invisible on black and white cars (check out our gallery of pics including black, white and full-on fluorescent lime coloured Vantage models), but it’s there and it’s hiding a noisy 4-litre V8 turbocharged motor with 503bhp and 505lb ft to play with.

If the front isn’t your jam, the rear is absolutely breath-taking. There are few, if any, automotive rear ends that can top it, though the fact the rear light bar isn’t a single piece irks a touch – but that’s just because we’re being picky.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Its wild new look doesn’t mean it’s lacking the Aston Martin hallmarks, but it does mean they’ve been given a new tw...