ASTON MARTIN

ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE ROADSTER 2dr ZF 8 Speed Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2263 g/km

ADVANTAGE ASTON

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Vantage. An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades, the heartbeat of Aston Martin's purest models, the Vantage nameplate has been worn by some of its most memorable designs - and this 4.0-litre V8 version launched in 2018 was another of them. If you think you know what an Aston is and can be - and you haven't tried this modern-era Vantage, then you might need to think again. As with the brand's other models, you might still buy it because of the way it looks or because it makes you feel like James Bond. We think though, that you'll simply want one because it's a very, very good sports car.

Models

5-door GT [4.0 V8]

History

If you can't afford that top end exotic supercar, Aston Martin's post-2018-era generation Vantage could be the next best thing. In fact, it may even be better. And today we're going to find out why. There was a time late in the last century, when 'Aston Martin' meant something very different. An iconic British brand, to be sure, but a maker of hand built sports cars aimed at older buyers romanced by name and heritage in the face of compelling evidence that German and Italian rivals were better made and finer to drive. The gorgeous DB11 of 2016 was a sign that the future might be different, but it was still an old-style GT, rather than an out-and-out sportscar, the kind of design still most likely to appeal to old school Aston enthusiasts. A slightly smaller model with a younger, more dynamic orientation was needed. A car that someone with little prior interest in the brand might buy. A car you could seriously choose over a top Porsche 911 or a Mercedes-AMG GT. A car like this one, the new generation version of Aston Martin Vantage. For seven decades, the Vantage nameplate has been the heartbeat of some of Aston Martin's purest models and was first used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2. The Vantage quickly became a model in its own right, history highlights including the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage of 1977 and a spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans model. Most familiar in the heritage line for potential customers though, will be the car this one replaced, the V8 Vantage first launched in 2005. That was the first modern-era Aston to really catch the attention of the company's German and Italian rivals, being relatively light, fast on its feet and desirably styled in both its coupe and Roadster guises. But both the V8 and V12 versions sounded faster than they actually were, build quality was patchy and the old fashioned VH chassis precluded the car from being able to match its competitors on track. Astons never have been able to do that; turn up to a track day in one and you'll be almost a celebrity, so rarely is the brand usually represented. But this car, we were told, would be different. Modelled unapologetically on a Porsche 911 and sharing its V8 twin turbo engine with a Mercedes-AMG GT, it proved to be wilfully different from the brand's other models, not only in the way it looked but also in the way it handled. It was the most serious driver's car the company had ever made. From launch, there were questions though. This car tipped the scales slightly heavier than its 911 arch-rival. Plus, being over 20% more expensive than the outgoing Vantage, this model no longer had the significant price advantage over its immediate competitors that its predecessor enjoyed. Commentators like us also wondered whether customers should care that its engineering borrowed so much from directly competing class contenders. And asked, more importantly, whether this was the car to save Aston Martin. History might judge it exactly in that light. Let's check out the used proposition offered by early 2018-2020 versions of this rejuvenated 4.0-litre V8 Vantage.

What You Get

This Vantage makes a statement, particularly at the front end which is dominated by the lowest-sited functioning grille every to have been used on one of the company's cars - and surely also one of the largest. In profile, you're reminded again that this new-era Vantage shares nothing but its name with its predecessor. It doesn't share much with its DB11 showroom stablemate either, apart from the all-aluminium chassis it rides upon - and even here, 70% of the structural components are different in this model. Our favourite Vantage point though, is at the rear, which is dominated by this pencil-thin LED lighting strip and an aggressively-angled lower diffuser, which helps to generate 50kgs more downforce than the previous model could offer. There's much to like once inside. It's a cockpit that shrinks round you far more than it does in a DB11 - as you'd expect it might given this Vantage's 101mm reduction in wheelbase. You sit 10mm lower than you did in the previous model - which helps with the immersive feel - and grasp a flat-bottomed race-style stitched wheel, complete with huge aluminium paddle-shifters. Through it, you view a single-dial instrument binnacle, the colours of which change depending on drive and suspension mode selections made respectively via tabs on the right and left wheel spokes. An 8-inch Mercedes-sourced infotainment screen might look like an iPad hammered into the dash, but it works well enough and the fit and finish just about meets the exclusive standard required of an exotic super-sports car of this price. The triangular layout of the transmission buttons works well and there are lovely touches like the beautifully-crafted footwell kneepads and the saddle-leather door pulls. Storage space is at a bit of a premium, but you can at least reach back to this boot shelf, which tries to compensate for the lack of the useful little rear pews you'd get in a DB11 or (perhaps more pertinently) in a rival Porsche 911. That 911 would give you boot space at both ends of the car; you don't get that here, but the 350-litre luggage area capacity is vastly better than you'd get from, say a rival Audi R8 or McLaren 540C from this era. You're still going to have to pack with squashy bags rather than big suitcases but there's enough room here to make trans-Continental GT motoring a far more realistic option.

What You Pay

If you're looking at a typical '20-plate version of this 4.0-litre V8 Vantage model in coupe form, you're looking at starting prices beginning from around £89,200 (around £101,200 retail), rising to around £98,000 (£110,000 retail) for a late '21-plate car. The Vantage Roadster prices from around £97,500 (around £109,500 retail) on a '20-plate, with values rising to around £107,100 (around £120,000 retail) for a '21-plate model. All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

What to Look For

This post-18-era Vantage was much better built than its predecessors, but you still need to be careful - and insist on a fully stamped-up service history. You don't expect a hand-crafted car of this kind to be faultless as it ages - and the Vantage very definitely isn't. If you want something closer to perfection in this segment, buy something German. Based on our ownership survey, here's some things to look out for when perusing used examples. Check the bodywork carefully, particularly the panel edges as the aluminium can bubble underneath the paint finish. It's worth getting a specialist inspection of the underside of the car as the protective panels fitted have to be taken off to check the condition of the underbody. Make sure you inspect the boot and the cabin carefully for damage to the trim and the leather. Otherwise, it's just the usual things - like scuff and scratches in the huge, expensive wheels.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2020 Vantage Coupe ex VAT - Scuderia Car Parts) A windscreen for the Coupe costs around £1,256. A wind deflector for the Roadster costs £566. A front bumper is in the £1,667-£1,959 bracket. A headlamp costs in the £1,430-£1,516 bracket. A battery costs £240. A clutch plate costs £1,300.

On the Road

You'll want this Vantage to be fast: it is. The intoxicating soundtrack and the exhilarating roar under hard acceleration makes this car feel supercar quick; in fact, the performance figures from the 510PS Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8 wouldn't have been out of place in a fully-fledged supercar just a few years back. Thanks to a thumping 685Nm of torque (developed from just 2,000rpm), 62mph from rest can flash by in just 3.6s if you're quick with the deliciously tactile aluminium gearshift paddles. And, for brave or foolhardy owners who've a runway, a racetrack or a de-restricted autobahn to hand, maximum velocity is reached at 195mph. The steering could use a touch more feel 'in extremis' but otherwise it's brilliantly feelsome and is one of the parameters you can alter to suit your preferences via the 'Sport' and 'Sport+' and 'Track' settings that apply both to the driving mode system and the Skyhook adaptive dampers. If you're interested, the efficiency stats are 26.8mpg on the combined cycle and 245g/km of CO2. Which is where we could leave things if this were any other Aston. But it isn't. Let's be clear: this is nothing like any of the brand's models we've ever tested before in the way it changes direction and scythes from bend to bend. A key reason why lies with the installation of an Electronic Rear Differential that can understand the car's behaviour and react accordingly to direct the engine's power to the relevant wheel. There's also tremendous traction from the bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres, perfect 50:50 weight distribution, a vast improvement in the body's torsional stiffness and an impressively powerful braking system. The result of all this was billed as the first Aston you'd really want to take on a race circuit. Own this car and it would be criminal not to even at least try a track day in it. Of course in creating the car this way, Aston made it less effective at the things an Aston is usually very good at; wafting you long distances at very high speeds and leaving you fresh and almost rejuvenated at the end of it. But the Vantage doesn't do badly in this respect, with a reasonably supple ride for commuting duties; if you want to do better, buy a DB11. But that car isn't the game-changer in terms of drive dynamics that this one is. For us, it's the best Aston ever made.

Overall

Without the Vantage, it's doubtful whether Aston Martin would be the company that it is today. Without this post-'18-era V8 Vantage, it's doubtful whether the brand could ever achieve the goals it has for tomorrow. It isn't the junior GT sportscar its predecessor was, so approach it expecting a scaled-down DB11 and you'll be in for a shock. For us though, that's a good thing. At last with this model, the company produced a really engaging driver's car and a properly circuit-tuned machine. There's something rather soulless about the clinical perfection of a rival Mercedes or Porsche that you just don't get here. And it's one of the reasons why you'll find a Vantage simply overflowing with the kind of special feel you'll want in the sports car you've dreamed of owning all your life. More sophisticated than a Mercedes-AMG GT, more exotic than a Porsche 911, it's brilliant and it's British. Enough said.

  • Electric front windows

  • Traction control
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Emergency Brake Assit
  • Hill hold assist
  • Cast iron brakes

  • Black loadspace carpet
  • Floor mats

  • Sports suspension

  • Bluetooth Telephone preparation

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Servotronic speed sensitive power steering
  • Park assist

  • Rotary dials
  • Trip computer

  • Heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding mirrors

  • Glass switches

  • iPod connection
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary input socket

  • Wind deflector
  • Body colour door handles
  • Paint protection film
  • Body colour decklid insert
  • Quad matte black exhaust tailpipe finisher

  • Climate control

  • Centre console armrest with closed storage
  • Detailing perforation
  • Micromesh outer headlining
  • Electric steering column with cruise control

  • Service pack - Vantage

  • Front side airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • 8 way electrically adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Embossed - Aston martin wings

  • Remote central locking + boot release
  • Immobiliser
  • Alarm
  • Keyless entry

  • Colour keyed wheel caps

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.086
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 263

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 92
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 83
  • CC: 3982
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 15.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 24.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 24.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 18.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 11.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 11.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 510
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: N
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Description: V8
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: N
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 10

  • Engine Power - BHP: 510
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.8
  • Top Speed: 190
  • Engine Power - KW: 375
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 505
  • Engine Torque - NM: 685
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 69.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2153
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4465
  • Width: 1942

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 200
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1745

  • Brake calipers in red: £710
  • Brake calipers in yellow: £710
  • Black brake calipers: £710
  • Anodised dark brake calipers: Included

  • Primary cabin carpet: Included
  • Coloured cabin carpet: £1,045

  • Homelink wireless control (GDO): £310

  • Aston martin tracking system: £520

  • Gloss black inlay: £605
  • Satin graphic painted inlay: Included
  • Q Satin 2x2 twill carbon fibre inlay: £1,400

  • Aston martin premium audio: £1,435
  • Aston martin audio system (160W): Included

  • Signature metallic paint: £2,650
  • Special Q paint: £6,210
  • Metallic paint: £1,210
  • Mesh front grille: Included
  • Contemporary hood: £520
  • Primary hood: Included
  • Special hood: £975
  • Aston martin black script and wing badging: £520
  • Satin Q paint: £5,225
  • Under bonnet cross brace - Silver: Included
  • Under bonnet cross brace - Black: £310
  • Primary solid paint: Included
  • Matte black front grille mesh: £375
  • Body colour rear diffuser and bumper blades: £565
  • Racing line paint: £2,650
  • Out of range Q paint: £7,195
  • Vaned front grille: £1,700
  • Black vaned front grille style: £375
  • Silver vaned front grille style: £0
  • Aston martin enamel wings and script badging: Included
  • Titanium silver mesh front grille style: Included
  • Heritage Q paint: £7,195

  • Smoked tail lights: £605
  • Red Tail Lights: Included

  • Umbrella and holder: £210
  • Touchpad: £520
  • Q Semi aniline leather palette: £3,420
  • Sports 2x2 twill carbon fibre/leather steering wheel: £1,210
  • Sports 2x2 twill carbon fibre/alcantara steering wheel: £1,210
  • Leather colour palette: £1,490
  • Carbon fibre gear shift paddles: £730
  • Contemporary alcantara rokona headlining: £1,370
  • GT heated steering wheel: £370
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara interior: £1,135
  • Accelerate duotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara interior: £1,755
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather interior: £3,420
  • Inspire duotone semi-aniline leather interior: £4,045
  • Primary leather: £0
  • Create monotone rolled leather interior: Included
  • Create duotone rolled leather interior: £620
  • Primary alcantara rokona headlining: Included
  • Colour keyed sports leather steering wheel: Included
  • Sports leather/alcantara steering wheel: £520

  • Gloss black upper exterior pack - Vantage: £1,475
  • Gloss 2x2 twill carbon fibre upper exterior pack - Vantage: £3,030
  • Body colour upper exterior Pack - Vantage: Included
  • Gloss black lower exterior pack - Vantage: £1,475
  • Graphite lower exterior Pack - Vantage: Included
  • Interior jewellery pack - Vantage [Auto]- Dark chrome and satin 2x2 twill carbon fibre: £1,565
  • Interior jewellery pack - Vantage [Auto] - Gloss black and satin silver: Included
  • Interior jewellery pack - Vantage [Auto] - Satin dark chrome: £1,045
  • Interior jewellery pack - Vantage [Auto] - Satin silver: £520

  • Metallic - Arden green: £1,210
  • Metallic - Arizona bronze: £1,210
  • Metallic - Concours blue: £1,210
  • Metallic - Divine red: £1,210
  • Metallic - Lightning silver: £1,210
  • Metallic - Minotaur green: £1,210
  • Metallic - Ultramarine black: £1,210
  • Metallic - Ming blue: £1,210
  • Metallic - Magnetic silver: £1,210
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £1,210

  • Primary solid - China grey: £0
  • Primary solid - Jet black: £0
  • Primary solid - Lunar white: £0

  • Satin Q paint - Satin Jet Black: £5,225
  • Satin Q paint - Satin Concours Blue: £5,225
  • Satin Q paint - Satin Solar Bronze: £5,225
  • Satin Q paint - Satin Xenon Grey: £5,225
  • Special Q paint - Frosted Glass Yellow: £6,210
  • Satin Q paint - Satin aston martin racing green: £5,225
  • Satin Q paint - Satin lunar white: £5,225
  • Out of range Q paint - Custom: £7,195
  • Special Q paint - Frosted glass blue: £6,210
  • Signature metallic - Xenon grey: £2,650
  • Signature metallic - Hyper red: £2,650
  • Signature metallic - Liquid crimson: £2,650
  • Signature metallic - Golden saffron: £2,650
  • Signature metallic - Iridescent emerald: £2,650
  • Signature metallic - Royal indigo: £2,650
  • Signature metallic - Solar bronze: £2,650
  • Racing line paint - Elwood blue: £2,650
  • Racing line paint - Kermit green: £2,650
  • Racing line paint - Scorpus red: £2,650
  • Racing line paint - Aston martin racing green: £2,650
  • Satin Q paint - Satin golden saffron: £5,225
  • Satin Q paint - Satin ming blue: £5,225
  • Satin Q paint - Satin lime essence: £5,225
  • Heritage Q paint - Dubonnet rosso: £7,195
  • Heritage Q paint - Cumberland grey: £7,195
  • Heritage Q paint - Silver birch provenance: £7,195
  • Heritage Q paint - Buckinghamshire green: £7,195
  • Heritage Q paint - 1959 Racing green: £7,195
  • Heritage Q paint - Caribbean blue pearl 2: £7,195
  • Heritage Q paint - Seychelles blue: £7,195
  • Special Q paint - Spirit silver: £6,210
  • Special Q paint - Platinum White: £6,210
  • Special Q paint - Cosmos orange: £6,210
  • Special Q paint - White stone: £6,210
  • Special Q paint - Supernova red: £6,210
  • Special Q paint - Cosmopolitan yellow: £6,210
  • Special Q paint - Lime essence: £6,210

  • Seatbelts in Mocha: £435
  • Seatbelts in Graphite: £435
  • Black seatbelts: Included
  • First aid kit: £105
  • Red coloured seatbelts: £435
  • Seatbelts in ivory: £435

  • Contrast stitching: £1,045

  • Front sports seats: Included
  • Isofix attachment on front seat: £210
  • Ventilated front seats: £640
  • Sport seats plus: £2,360
  • Sport seats plus (inspire): £1,255

  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Onyx black: £1,135
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Phantom grey: £1,135
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Oxford tan: £1,135
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Spicy red: £1,135
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Onyx black: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Metallic black: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Phantom grey: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Bison brown: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Bitter chocolate: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Havana tan: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Oxford tan: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Copper tan metallic: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Red oxide: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Arden green metallic: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Aurora blue: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Blue haze metallic: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Dark knight: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Chancellor red: £3,420
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Spicy red: £3,420
  • Create monotone rolled leather - Onyx black: £0
  • Create monotone rolled leather - Phantom grey: £0
  • Create monotone rolled leather - Bison brown: £0
  • Create monotone rolled leather - Bitter chocolate: £0
  • Create monotone rolled leather - Oxford tan: £0
  • Create monotone rolled leather - Chancellor red: £0

  • 20" character gloss black diamond turned alloy wheels: £1,325
  • 20" character gloss silver alloy wheels: £1,020
  • 20" 10 spoke silver alloy wheels: Included
  • 21" Satin black alloy wheel: £2,685
  • 21" Satin black diamond turned alloy wheel: £2,990
  • 20" lightweight forged gloss black diamond turned alloy wheels: £2,080
  • 20" lightweight forged textured dark alloy wheels: £1,780

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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