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Modernized Icon: The New Aston Martin Vantage

These days the market for high end, high performance cars is more competitive than ever—with new choices popping up regularly. Next up to join the fray is the long-awaited version of Aston Martin's iconic Vantage which was revealed this week.

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Set to be delivered during the second quarter of 2018, the new Vantage features a design that's incredibly modern while also keeping the classic, elegant lines that the brand is known for.

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Under the hood sits an AMG-sourced 4.0 liter V8 with twin turbochargers rated at 503 horsepower mated to a rear-mid ZF 8-speed transmission. A state of the art electronic differential puts it all to the ground.

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While 503 horsepower is not a massive figure by current Supercar standards, Aston Martin claims the Vantage will get to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 second and hit a top speed of 195 miles per hour.

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Naturally, the car had all of the requisite high performance technology—like multiple driving modes and adaptive suspension. While the body has been honed in the name of aerodynamics, it refrains from looking too much like a space ship and still keeps that iconic Aston Martin coupe profile.

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At the same time, Aston Martin also debuted the new Vantage GTE race car which will do battle in the WEC beginning next season. The race car was developed directly beside the road car and Aston Martin logged over 13,000 kilometers of track testing during the process.

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Whether on the streets or the race track, the new Vantage should be another hit from one of the world's most respected performance and luxury car brands. When does the next James Bond movie come out anyway?

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