Aston Martin has decided to make some significant updates to the Vantage for the 2025 model year and in addition to sporting new looks, it has debuted with a significant power increase that lifts the performance to new heights.
The new Vantage is described by the manufacturer as “the most driver-focused and fastest Vantage in the famous nameplate’s 74-year history”.
One of the focal points of the updates is a significant power increase from the Mercedes-AMG-derived twin-turbo V8. This 4.0-litre now pumps out 656 hp (489 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the Coupé to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). The previous Vantage ‘only’ had 503 hp and 685 Nm (505 lb-ft).
This power gain was possible thanks to a tuning programme that has given the motor new cam profiles, tweaked compression ratios, improved cooling (courtesy of a new lower radiator and two extra auxiliary coolers) and, crucially, bigger turbochargers.
The AMG V8 is backed up by the tried-and-true 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels via an electronic limited-slip differential.
Body stiffness has reportedly been improved with a repositioned front cross-member claimed to aid steering feel, plus a stiffer and lighter front engine brace, additional strengthening between the rear suspension towers, and stiffer front and rear undertrays.
New-generation adaptive dampers join retuned electric power steering with a non-isolated column, a new electronic limited-slip differential, and a smarter stability-control system with eight settings, according to Aston Martin.
All 2025 Vantages will come standard with 21-inch forged wheels wrapped in bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tyres measuring 275/35 up front and 325/30 at the rear.
Visually, the new car is 30mm wider than its predecessor and the revamped front end is clearly inspired by the special One-77. Other new features include a decorative side strake modelled on that of the previous Vantage, frameless mirrors and flush electronic door handles.
Hop inside and you will be greeted by an all-new cockpit that majors on connectivity, engagement and refinement. There’s now a touchscreen for the first time, measuring 10.25in and running a bespoke Aston-developed infotainment platform that connects to a dedicated smartphone app and ushers in a raft of new in-car and connectivity functions. These include 3D live mapping, wireless smartphone mirroring and last-mile on-foot navigation. An 11-speaker, 390-watt audio system comes standard while a 15-speaker, 1,170-watt system from Bowers & Wilkins is an option.
You can also specify Aston’s carbon fibre bucket seats alongside a standard Sport seat design, but the cabin is strictly a two-seater with only a small bench behind.
Production of the 2024 Aston Martin Vantage is due to commence by the end of March, ahead of first deliveries overseas by the end of June.