Underpinning the 2018 Vantage will be a shortened aluminum chassis based off the DB11. With it, the all-new Vantage will be longer, wider and slightly lower than the outgoing model.
The new 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 is expected to make its way in the 2018 Vantage as a range-topping model, though worth noting is the addition of a new twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. This was made possible after the Gaydon-based automaker inked a technical partnership with Daimler, Mercedes-Benz and AMG’s parent company, back in 2013.
According the UK’s vehicle registry, this prototype is powered by a 4.0-litre engine, likely an Aston Martin-tuned version of the twin-turbo V8 that’s used in the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe and various other AMG models.
At present the most powerful version of the AMG 4.0-litre V8 generates 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque, although a leak in April indicated that the as-yet-unrevealed E63 S will have up to 430kW/800Nm at its disposal.
By way of comparison, the current car’s 4.7-litre naturally-aspirated V8 develops a maximum of 328kW of power and 490Nm of torque in the recently revealed GT8.
When asked if turbocharging and electrification were the future for Aston Martin, he said: “I think so. But there is always space for something special” – hinting that limited run, naturally aspirated V8 and V12 models could still form part of the company’s future.
The next-generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage will launch next year, with a Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8. The DB11 engine will likely feature in a V12 version later down the line, before being shoehorned into a revised Rapide saloon.