Aston Martin launches 2018 Vantage GTE contender

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The engine develops 375kW and 685Nm of torque between the useable 2,000 - 5,000rpm range with power sent to an eight-speed automatic transmission whilst an impressive 1,530kg dry weight allows the auto to move with haste and agility. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and ideal 50:50 weight distribution, the high performance, and high efficiency engine will do the 0-100 km/h 3.6 seconds, and keeps the fun going until 310 km/h.

Hot on the heels of the new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage's reveal comes the GTE racing variant, which will compete in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) series beginning in 2018. With more than 13,000km of testing completed - including a 30-hour run at Navarra and a rigorous durability programme at Sebring - Aston reports the new car's reliability as being "exceptional straight out of the box" with the drivers saying that it's also easier to control on the limit than its predecessor.

The new Vantage promises to be more agile, responsiveness, sharper, vocal and exciting.

Previous Vantage models used a normally aspirated V8 to produce 430 horsepower. It has new design, however being an Aston Martin product, it has that premium looks of the Aston Martin cars.

At the moment, the internet is exploding with news of the brand-new Aston Martin Vantage.

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The Vantage's bold new look has been influenced by the DB10 concept, in particular that car's shark-like nose, clamshell bonnet and slim LED headlights.

However, with the Vantage, even more than the recently launched DB11, everything beneath the skin is essentially a cherry-picked selection of everything that's cutting-edge in terms of sportscar capability, starting with the engine. Zero to 60 miles per hour happens in 3.6 seconds, an eight-speed ZF automatic is the sole gearbox (good, but a stick would be better) and it's got some innovative new technology at work. Being an Aston Martin model, it costs $150,000.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin chief executive officer, said: "It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin's history".

"We've collaborated closely with Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters to develop the road and race cars in parallel". Furthermore, the minimal front design and rear overhangs muscular flanks and broad haunches add to the sporty character of the auto. Add this to the new side gills and the upswept rear deck lid, and the Vantage supposedly generates significant downforce. The vehicle also gets Adaptive Damping System which incorporates Skyhook technology and offers the choice of Sport, Sport Plus and Track modes. Naturally, leather and Alcantara upholstery are included, and a wide range of personalisation will be offered. The new model already is available to order, with an MSRP of $149,995, though deliveries won't begin until the second quarter of 2018.

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