For seven decades the name Vantage has been the nameplate for the sportiest Aston Martins. By the time production of the V8 Vantage (VH2) ended in 2017, it had become the most successful Aston Martin of all time, so the new Vantage (called the AM6 by the factory) had a hard act to follow. Our full-scale cutaway rolling chassis of the ‘new’ Vantage clearly shows the bonded aluminium pressings and extrusions of the tub to make the lightweight yet rigid sports car frame.
The 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine is supplied by Mercedes- AMG and tuned to Aston Martin’s specification, including a familiar Aston Martin exhaust note. Aerodynamic performance is central to the Vantage design: the front splitter, side gills, rear diffuser and upswept rear deck lid, all act to direct airflow to where it is needed for both cooling and downforce.
The car has functioning steering and a proper steering wheel; very handy if we wish to move it about, although for safety reasons, the engine doesn’t run.