As much as I enjoy being a fortress of information, the secret I’ve kept these past three weeks has felt torturous. Earlier this month, Aston Martin offered a private viewing of its all-new Vantage sports car with the clear instructions not to take photos or disclose any particulars about the car.
The Vantage is based around the same space frame concept as in the DB11 but with a 100mm shorter wheelbase, at 2,708mm. That’s because the Vantage is a two-seater and doesn’t need as much metal between the front and rear axles as the four-seat DB11. Even so, the Vantage is also bigger than before by the same margin.
If this is what the “new” Aston Martin is capable of on its own, we can’t wait to see how impressive its Ferrari 488-fighter will be, with Palmer having recently hired three key Ferrari engineers.
Aston Martin also aims to enter a race on the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar calendar with the Vantage GTE by 2019, competing against some of its biggest rivals in Ferrari, Ford, and Porsche.