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The Aston Martin Vantage Gets a Substantial 656bhp Upgrade

Aston Martin resolved not to rest on their laurels and decided to take on the best in their class....

It was supposed to be simple facelift. A small mid-life upgrade. But Aston Martin have truly gone above and beyond with the 2024 Aston Martin Vantage. The big news – power has increased to 656bhp (489kW). The other news? A fabulous new exterior.

Aston Martin resolved not to rest on their laurels and decided to take on the best in their class. The likes of the Ferrari Roma (612bhp) or Mercedes-AMG GT (577bhp), both of which are lacking in comparison to the Vantage’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 turned up to 11.

How did they squeeze so much extra power? Aston Martin have attributed it to modified cam profiles and compression ratios, larger turbochargers, and increased cooling that sees 50 percent more cold air reaching the radiators. This has all been made possible thanks to a new agreement with AMG that allows Aston to tinker with the engine far more previously allowed.

It can do 0-100km/h (62mph) in just 3.4 seconds, two-tenths faster than the more expensive, but admittedly heavier, DB12. The brand also claim a top speed of 325km/h (202mph) which you’ll get to smoothly thanks to an eight-speed automatic gearbox paired with new software that ensures the shifts are faster and the final drive is shorter.

But we need to talk about the exterior. It might share the shell of its predecessor, but it’s been widened by 30mm. The main front air intake, we’re told, is 38 percent larger with a 29 percent increase in mass airflow.

Aesthetically we’ve got a restyled lower splitter, wider wheel arches, restyled front wheel-arch vents, frameless door mirrors, and a new rear bumper again with larger tailpipes and again, side vents. Obviously, wider wheel arches means wider tyres with 275/35 front and 325/30 rear Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tyres developed specifically for the car.

The interior gizmos have all been updated as well, thankfully swapping out the Mercedes-sourced infotainment system for a new in-house 10.25-inch touchscreen. While there is a screen, they haven’t removed the physical switches and dials for gear select, drive mode, and climate control as well as override shortcuts for exhaust mode, suspension stiffness, stability-control, parking sensors, and lane-keep assist.

Options include carbon fibre everywhere, ceramic brakes, forged wheels, and bucket seats. If you go with all the weight-saving options, you can get it down to 1,700kg, which isn’t light, but considering the power, you may not even notice.

Production is expected to commence at the end of March with the first overseas deliveries expected by the end of June.

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