New Aston Martin Vantage GTE Le Mans challenger launched

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New Aston Martin Vantage GTE Le Mans challenger launched

"A true sports auto with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for".

But with the release of the new road-going Vantage, Aston chose to update the racing version as well. The project is led by Aston Martin technical director Dan Sayers, who was also responsible for the V8 Vantage GTE. Instead, the Vantage is the most popular Aston Martin, and as the best-selling model in the British producer's line-up, it is a heavily anticipated vehicle. But this isn't just a new body on the old race car's chassis. The roof of the Vantage has a similar "double-bubble" shape of the beloved Vantage Zagato, and looks remarkably well on the vehicle in combination with the bold rear diffusers.

The Vantage sports a lower driving position for a more immersive driving experience. Like the DB, the Vantage sports a push-button transmission, and there's a very Mercedes-like central controller for the infotainment system.

Power comes from the same AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 as the street Vantage, pushing out power close to the 500 hp mark in accordance with the GTE class limitations. Materials include a combination of perforated leather and synthetic suede, and Aston says it will offer a bunch of personalization with optional colors, materials, etc. With the engine set low and as far back in the chassis as possible, Aston has managed to achieve flawless 50:50, front to rear weight distribution. Interestingly, AMG has only raced this engine in GT4, with its GT3 race auto using the firm's old naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V8.

"To conduct the development process of this auto so closely with Aston Martin's design and engineering teams was essential for both road and race vehicle to retain the same underlying DNA. I'm enormously excited by what we've created - a new Vantage that's more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package".

The allows it to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph.

The V8 drives the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed ZF transmission and is the first Aston Martin to be fitted with an electronic rear differential (E-Diff).

Are you ready to buy one yet?

The Vantage is on sale now with prices starting at $149,995 in the USA and deliveries begin in Q2 2018. Deliveries will begin second quarter 2018.

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