Verstappen describes the new Vantage as being "playful" yet easy to control.
Aston Martin has been firing on all cylinders as of late.
It starts at the front, with a new fascia and ultra-slim LED headlamps.
The Vantage is Aston's entry vehicle taking on sports cars such as top-end Porsche 911s. Sharp crease lines flow back to sizable, fully-functional side vents. It's just under 30cm shorter than a DB11, and a smidge shorter than a Porsche 911.
Aerodynamics are the be-all and end-all of the design, however.
The first clip focuses on the Vantage GTE and it shows the race vehicle will have a front splitter, a side-exiting exhaust, and a massive rear wing.
Aston Martin is pursuing a turnaround plan created to return it to profitability and set up a possible stock market flotation.
It's linked to a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission: Aston Martin says its been tweaked to deliver both short, crisp gear changes when the Vantage is being pushed hard, but also smoother shifts when you're cruising, something a DCT often struggles with. Performance is impressive: 0-62mph takes 3.7 seconds and top speed is 195mph. Top speed for the 3,373 pound vehicle is 195 miles per hour.
Aston Martin Vantage revealed with an AMG V8
Aston talk about it being their purest model; Marek Reichman, the firm's Chief Creative Officer, told PH its replacement had to be, "simple, but incredibly dramatic". The speed-dependent electric power steering has 2.4 turns lock-to-lock. An electronic differential (AM's first) out back helps put the power down. "We are targeting younger customers because we are seeing younger customers coming to the brand, particularly in places such as China", Palmer said at a press event here to show the auto.
Making the compact proportions possible is a shortened version of the DB11's bonded and extruded aluminum platform.
Much of course will depend on which drive mode you've indulged: the Vantage giving you the choice of Sport, Sport Plus and Track (although the dampers can be adjusted exclusively). Adaptive damping is standard on a front double wishbone, rear multi-link suspension setup - but the manufacturer is pointedly not pursuing "GT levels of suppleness". Carbon-ceramic brakes will be offered as an option.
Inside, there's another big shakeup.
Aston Martin's designers have worked on a range of interior and exterior personalisation options, which are grouped into sets to give the auto a variety of looks.
Sport and Sport Plus seats are being offered, each 10mm lower than usual, though the Vantage isn't necessarily impractical.
All models will come with keyless start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system, park assist and front and rear parking sensors. WiFi is also included. In person, it's somehow more striking than the DB11 in that it looks insane. Indeed, the fact that it's smaller and more nimble is a key selling point.
Palmer said: "It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin's history".
Aston Martin has revealed the Vantage, its new, £121,000 sports coupé which is available to order now for first deliveries in the second quarter of 2018. It'll be priced from $149,995.
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