The 2019 Aston Martin Vantage bears more than a passing similarity to the other Big New Aston Martin, the DB11. The grille is mounted as low as it can be without falling off the bumper. The headlights are slimmer and angrier. Out back, there’s a massive rear diffuser and embrasure-thin LED taillights following the shape of the integrated trunk-lid spoiler.
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.
The Vantage, for example, is the first production car from Aston that generates a “significant” amount of downforce — thanks in large part to its race-inspired rear diffuser. It’s also the first Aston Martin to sport an electronic limited-slip differential, which works with the traction control system to react much quicker than a conventional mechanical LSD.
“And we are so very excited by it. We’ve made a lot of promises of what to expect in the coming years, and the Vantage proves that our plans are real. It’s a complete transformation. We’re doing what we said we’re going to do.”