posted on May 29th, 2019

The next generation of British luxury performance

No one forgets their first introduction to James Bond. Whether you’re a fan of the Bond films or just familiar with the movie references, you can’t deny that James Bond is the epitome of style and mystery. And the original Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 probably has a lot to do with it.

With a new James Bond movie set to hit theaters in 2020, along with a new generation of 007 fans standing by, Aston Martin is making a debut of its own, and its one you’re not going to want to miss.

A brief history of the Vantage

But before we look ahead, let’s first take a quick look back at the origin of the Aston Martin Vantage. The word “vantage” is defined as a place or position affording a good view of something, a fitting name for the super GT — whether you’re sitting in the driver’s seat or admiring as one passes by, the view is always breathtaking.

The first use of Vantage dates back to the early 1960s, with the DB4 Vantage. For the first decade, the name Vantage described variants of some of Aston Martin’s earlier models.

In the late 1970s, the Aston Martin Vantage 8 (V8) became the fastest accelerating car in the world, reaching 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Not bad, considering it was the ’70s and can still outrun some of the fastest cars today.

By the 1980s, the Vantage had finally secured its spot as the single most successful vehicle in the brand’s history.

A new generation of the Aston Martin Vantage

Today’s Aston Martin Vantage is a luxury performance sports car like no other. With this new generation that first released in 2018, the new Aston Martin Vantage is the stuff of luxury sports car dreams. Designed to overwhelm the senses through its dedicated craftsmanship and world-class design, it’s something you simply have to see to believe. 

Rare, sophisticated, and lighting fast

If you’re considering taking an Aston Martin Vantage for a spin, buckle up and prepare to be blown away. According to the Aston Martin website, it delivers a drive “so intensely felt that it demands to be experienced time and time again.”

So what makes the Vantage so incredible? Well for starters, it takes you from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and with an impressive top speed of 195 mph. Not only is it unbelievably powerful, but it sounds equally impressive. If you want to hear the distinctive roar of a Vantage for yourself, check out this video from Aston Martin. Or if you’re in the Los Angeles area, check out Fangwen’s 2019 Vantage on Turo to not only hear it but experience it firsthand.

Powering the Vantage is a twin-turbocharged, wet-sump, 4.0L V8 engine. Backed by a carbon-fiber driveshaft, the engine of the Aston Martin Vantage delivers an adrenaline-pumping, high-performance ride.

Designing the Aston Martin Vantage

Taking inspiration from the DB10 Daniel Craig’s James Bond drove in “Spectre,” the new design combines athleticism and elegance with the classic Aston Martin curves you expect. A sloped nose and low-arching roofline merge with a large, gaping grille opening in the front. This design helps keep the car balanced and optimized for smooth handling, whether it’s taking turns on a race track or cruising the Pacific Coast Highway.

Sliding into the car’s plush bucket seats will transform you from regular citizen to the next international spy, complete with comfortable leather seats and your very own cockpit. The Aston Martin Vantage offers luxurious comfort wrapped in the same style and sophistication that could only be Aston Martin.

The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Just when you thought the Vantage couldn’t possibly get any better — it did. It’s what Aston Martin enthusiasts have all been waiting for, the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage.

For gearheads and purists taking sports cars from zero to 60mph with a manual transmission is the only way to go. And now with the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR equipped with a seven-speed dog-leg transmission, that’s three pedals, seven gears, and 100% fun.

With a manual transmission and a limited-slip differential, the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR gives drivers an involved driving experience. Whether you’re cruising down the freeway or conquering the corners of a curvy mountain road, the Vantage AMR is sure to take you for a thrill ride.

The manual transmission does make the AMR a hair slower than the regular Vantage (zero to 60mph in 3.9 seconds instead of 3.5). But despite the difference in initial acceleration, the AMR will still reach a top speed of 196 mph.

It’s lighter in weight but still just as powerful. The Vantage AMR runs on a powerful 4L twin-turbo V8 engine with 504 hp, just like the regular Vantage, but with a torque of 461 lb-ft.

With only 200 AMRs being built, these rare beauties are sure to steal the spotlight on the road and in your driveway.

141 of the 200 AMRs will be available in the following colors, China Grey, Onyx Black, Sabiro Blue, or White Stone. The remaining 59 will be part of the “Vantage 59,” a special edition collection featuring a limited edition lime-on-green paint, a nod to the Aston Martin’s 1959 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

You may be tempted to ask how much an Aston Martin Vantage will cost you to own or where you can take one for a test drive. But the real question you need to ask yourself, is why have you waited so long to book one on Turo?

With a number of Turo hosts sharing Aston Martin Vantages, you can take one for a spin and experience the power and beauty of the Aston Martin Vantage firsthand.