Aston Martin is building up hype for the next-generation Vantage ahead of the car’s unveiling tomorrow. To that end, the company has released a new video showing the sports car been hooned around the Rockingham Circuit in the United Kingdom – in the hands of dynamics chief engineer Matt Becker and a certain young Red Bull Racing upstart called Max Verstappen.

Ostensibly capturing a test session held to get feedback from the three-time Formula One race winner, the video also gave Gaydon a chance to rattle off some specifics regarding its new entry-level machine. For starters, Becker confirmed that the car will have just over 500 hp and 685 Nm of torque.

If the horsepower figure sounds familiar, that’s because it’s right in the ballpark of the DB11 V8 (510 PS), although the torque figure is 10 Nm higher than in its larger sister. Those numbers will almost certainly come from the same 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 derived from Mercedes-AMG, mated to the DB11’s ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and perhaps a seven-speed manual from the outgoing V12 Vantage S as an option.

Also revealed is a dry weight of 1,530 kg, which Becker said is nearly 200 kg lighter than the DB11 V12. Most of that weight saving would’ve come from the smaller engine alone – the V8-powered DB11 already weighs 115 kg less compared to its faster, porkier twin. For comparison’s sake, the outgoing model had a kerb weight of 1,610 kg in comparable V8 Vantage S trim.

Alongside the road-going Vantage, Aston Martin is also introducing the GTE racing version that will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) next year. Its predecessor has been very successful for Aston Martin Racing – even in its fifth year of competition it scored a GTE Pro class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and bagged the GTE Am world championship at the recent 6 Hours of Bahrain.

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