Aston Martin Vantage prototype 2018 UK first drive

The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim

Here we have another chance to experience a prototype version of the Aston Martin Vantage ahead of its launch, but this time on British roads rather than the frozen Lapland lake of our previous encounter.While this isn’t a finished production car, the chance to see how it copes with rural Warwickshire was more than a sufficient excuse to take another turn.The basics have been well detailed in our previous stories on the car. The Vantage is the second Aston to use AMG’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, but tuning means it has a fraction more torque than the same motor in the junior DB11.The other significant addition is the arrival of a very clever electronically controlled locking differential, a first for Aston Martin and something that the Vantage’s engineering team reckon is critical to the character of the car.Our drive in a prototype started at Aston’s new engineering base in Wellesbourne and took in many of the local roads – including the Fosse Way – that have been used most heavily during its development.

Source: Autocar Online

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