The history of the Aston Martin Vantage name
The next-generation Aston Martin Vantage is nearly upon us, so we take the time to look back at the cars it shares its name with.
Aston Martin is brewing a revamped Vantage – but where does the name originate?
The next-generation Aston Martin Vantage is nearly upon us, so we take the time to look back at the cars it shares its namesake with.
1977 – V8 VANTAGE
The first Vantage used a 5.3-litre V8 that produced 375bhp housed beneath a quintessentially British body. Later ramped up to offer 404bhp, the two-door bruiser earned the title of ‘Britain’s first supercar’.
1993 – V8 VANTAGE
The Vantage name was next used for a high-performance variant of the Virage. It used a twinsupercharged 5.3-litre V8 good for 550bhp and then, after an upgrade, 600bhp. Just 280 cars were made.
1999 – DB7 VANTAGE
The introduction of a V12 engine into the DB7 brought with it the return of the Vantage name. Its 5.9-litre 48-valve engine produced 420bhp. Its arrival led to the culling of the six-cylinder DB7.
2005 – V8 and V12 VANTAGE
Unlike its closest predecessors, the latest Vantage arrived as a standalone model. It exists in both V8 and V12 forms, with the latter’s 5.9-litre unit good for up to 595bhp in the AMR variant.
2018 – V8 and V12 Vantage
The next-generation car sticks to the same formula as its most recent predecessor, but does so with new turbocharged engines. The car’s entry 4.0-litre V8 will come from Mercedes-AMG, while its 5.2-litre V12 unit, developed in-house, is based on that of the DB11.
Source: Autocar Online