- Vantage is one of Aston Martin’s most famous nameplates.
- More than a third of all Aston Martin cars built to date.
- The first to sport the name was the 1950 Aston Martin DB2 with Vantage Specification.
Vantage has stood for performance, hyper-desirability and a flare for the extraordinary. In 2020, Aston Martin celebrates 70 years of the designation which began as a simple engine upgrade on the 1950 DB2.
As the years and generations evolved, so did the meaning of Vantage. By the time the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV cars arrived, a Vantage had also become visually distinguishable as well as more powerful and capable. By the time the now famous DB5 appeared in 1965, power had gone from an impressive 266-horsepower to an astonishing 325-horsepower. Given that only 68 DB5 Vantage, plus only eight DB5 Vantage Convertible, were built, they’ve become extremely collectible. The DB5 was also the first Aston Martin to sport the “Vantage” badge. The DB6 Vantage too was assembled in very few numbers, making it highly collectible as well.
In 1967, the Aston Martin DBS introduced an all new exterior design. In 1972, a revised DBS landed but with a twist: the Vantage version was no longer the more powerful iteration, but the least. In 1977, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, or “Britain’s first supercar” arrived and set everything straight.
This V8 Vantage and the ensuing V8 Vantage Zagato were instant poster-cars, sporting numerous visual upgrades, a stiffened chassis, all to the keep the 380-horsepower V8 in check. In fact, this Vantage was one of the fastest most powerful cars of it era.
By 1993, the Vantage continued the theme of “brute in a suit” as this GT car featured a twin-Eaton Supercharged 550-horsepower and 550lb-ft of torque 5.3-litre V8. In 1999, the DB7 V12 Vantage made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and, for many enthusiasts, once more became an absolute dream car – this is the AM that was styled by none-other than Ian Callum. By 2005, the extremely popular AM V8 Vantage not only became the single biggest sales success in the brand’s history but required its own assembly line to keep up demand. In 2009, Aston Martin introduced the V12 Vantage which remains one of the last V12 engines that was available with a manual transmission.
The Current Aston Martin Vantage, launched in 2017, is not only the first Aston Martin production car to include an electronically controlled differential with torque vectoring (E-diff) but it remains one of the most beautiful road cars available in the world.
Andy Palmer, AM CEO, said of the new Vantage: “A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for.”
This sums up the Vantage quite well. To date, more than 36,000 Aston Martin cars bare the name Vantage, or more than 1/3 of all AMs every produced.
Source: Aston Martin