New Aston Martin Vantage ‘AMR’ spied – V12 energy to tackle 911 Turbo S
Moers has been open about how Aston Martin’s present vary of sports activities and GT automobiles have to broaden to supply a couple of or two derivatives, and with DB11, Vantage and DBS all due appreciable midlife facelifts within the very close to future these plans for growth seem to begin with a extra hardcore variant of the Vantage.
This subsequent version to the Vantage lineup is anticipated to undertake Aston’s twin-turbocharged V12 engine first, earlier than additional variants arrive with a tuned model of the present Vantage’s V8. With the wet-sump M177 unit presently employed within the Vantage providing a comparatively low-output there may be loads of room to develop, with this ‘base’ V8 already out there with as much as 631bhp in AMG’s flagship GT63 S 4-Door. But with extra enter from Aston Martin in AMG’s engine growth course of, a bespoke tune may additionally be on the playing cards.
Aston Martin as a complete will nearly definitely undertake a few of AMG’s new plug-in hybrid parts sooner or later, too, however this new hardcore Vantage’s compact footprint will probably maintain it freed from electrification, given the packaging necessities of the electrified rear axle.
No matter what’s hidden away beneath the pores and skin, important adjustments to the Vantage’s chassis and engine cooling capabilities may also be undertaken, with a brand new entrance bumper that includes a a lot bigger entrance grille opening and cooling vents inside the bonnet, cleverly obscured beneath the disguise that mimic the U-shaped openings of the earlier Vantage GT12.
But whereas the brand new bonnet and entrance wings function new openings, in addition they clearly preview a wider entrance observe and rear axle, with haphazard bolt-on arch extensions barely containing the width enhance and a 21-inch wheel design borrowed from the present DBS. This prototype additionally incorporates a central exit exhaust system, which has already been seen on the V12 Speedster, and there’s additionally a small gurney flap at the forefront of the bootlid suggesting it’ll have some type of aero appendage fitted.
So it appears to be like like there’s lots nonetheless to come back from the Vantage, and certainly Aston Martin’s front-engined sports activities automotive vary. With this driving power pointing ahead, we look ahead to seeing if Aston’s true potential may be unlocked with Moers on the helm, particularly with AMG’s in depth field of tips to dip into.