VIDEO: 2018 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE SPY SHOTS
We've seen plenty of spy shots of Aston Martin's new V8 Vantage doing the rounds over the last while but, with 2018 just around the corner, the final production bodywork is pretty much signed-off by now.
Even with the psychedelic camouflage, it's easy to see were in for a treat. Distinctly Aston, The back takes its cues from James Bond's DB10 in 2015's Spectre and sports a set of narrow lights that bleed into the spoiler-infused boot, neatly humped over the bumper and rear diffuser combination.
This new V8 Vantage steals some front-end inspiration from the larger DB11 with a larger grille and cool air-vents flowing into the wheel arches while slim headlights finish off the characteristic face.
And talking of the DB11, it's likely the 4.0 litre V8 turbo supplied by AMG via the technical partnership Aston has with Daimler will be under the hood. It's suspected that the motor will push out around 450bhp, putting the 0-100km/h time at around four seconds, with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission putting all that power to the tarmac through its rear wheels.
Matt Becker, former Lotus chassis expert and the man in charge of Aston's vehicle dynamics, spoke about Aston's ambition to create a clear visual and dynamic distinction between their various models: “In terms of dynamics and sound character, it’s quite easy; we have enough tools around us.
“Because we are developing many cars at the same time we can collectively evaluate and develop [them] to make sure there’s enough difference between the products to position them in the space they need to be relative to their competitors.”
Responding to the question of whether this Vantage will be the best-handling Aston ever, he replied: “It will be. We’re developing the car at the moment and the performance is already in a great place and there is still more to come.
“When I turned up at Aston, Andy Palmer [CEO] gave Marek [Reichman, chief designer] the brief to make all of the cars different enough so that his mother could recognise them. [Palmer] wanted me to make them drive like they look.” he concluded.
Considering Aston has the Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type in its sights, words like these excite us to no end, we're really looking forward to this new Aston Martin V8 Vantage, watch this space for more!
Check out the video below for a quick glimpse of the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage testing in camo around the Nurburgring.