Aston Martin will forever be associated with James Bond movies. Many other carmakers’ beauties were featured in the iconic films. But the Aston Martin coolness factor, from its espionage movie heydays until now, has remained unmatched.
So what could the British luxury carmaker do differently? Welcome the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage. It's the manufacturer's new entry-level offering. But to call the Vantage entry level is heresy. Would James Bond ever consider such pedestrian verbiage? Any Aston-Martin combines performance and elegance.
The Vantage, while similar in proportion, is a few inches wider than its sibling, the DB11. But the interior is still tight, an Aston Martin signature. Its overall length is 175.8 inches, about the same size as a Porsche 911 but nearly 11 inches shorter than the DB11. The headlights have been tweaked and are now more prominent. The rear LED lights comprise a single light bar.
The all-new upscale two-door coupe is also the unveiling of a new philosophy. Rather than focus various powertrains and trims, the Vantage is about personalization. Interior and exterior color and material choices abound under the designation of "Designer Specifications."
Customizable beauty aside, the new Vantage continues the carmaker's performance reputation. It's equipped with a 4.0-liter DOHC twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 503 horsepower.
The singular Vantage trim includes 20-inch wheels, a synthetic suede-trimmed cabin, keyless ignition, parking alerts, electronic braking and adaptive dampers.
An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters powers the Vantage to two impressive performance standards. The rear-wheel sports car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and competes a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. Top speed is 195 mph.
James Bond knew what he was doing in all of his cars. He was mostly in peril or romancing a new love interest. His Aston Martin machines had the special features a secret agent needs. Those aren't available in the Vantage, but it's still perfect for all other sports car enthusiasts' needs.