2018 Aston Martin Vantage V8 officially launched in Malaysia – 510 PS, 685 Nm, priced from RM1.6 million

Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur has officially introduced the new Aston Martin Vantage in the country, the second-generation two-door coupe arriving here nine months after its global reveal. It’s priced from RM1.6 million, inclusive of duties.

Measuring in at 4,465 mm long, 1,942 mm wide and 1,273 mm tall, with a 2,704 mm long-wheelbase, the Vantage sits on the same bonded aluminium structure as the DB11, but 70% of its components are unique. It also takes a different approach in styling to its larger sibling.

Design-wise, the new Vantage has a sculptured, athletic shape, clearly displaying many design details from the bespoke DB10 specifically created for the James Bond film, Spectre. With minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches, the new Vantage is certainly not short on presence, and it looks especially sharp to the eye in the metal.

The interior, meanwhile, features significant gains in occupant space and headroom compared to its predecessor, and stowage space is also up, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas to be found. The boot, meanwhile, offers 350 litres of cargo storage space.

New rotary and toggle style controls help snazz up the cabin, with the PRND transmission buttons now arranged in a triangular formation, clustering major controls into clearly defined zones. Speaking of switches, there’s no shortage of these on the centre console for the button-loving crowd.

Standard equipment includes sports seats, keyless start/stop, a tyre pressure monitoring system, dual-zone climate control, park assist and front/rear parking sensors. Other features include a version of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND Online infotainment system with an eight-inch central LCD screen and an Aston Martin audio system.

As standard, the Vantage comes shod with Alcantara upholstery, but a full-leather interior is available as an option. and there are plenty of other embellishments to be found, including satin silver accents and gloss black trim as well as saddle leather door pulls.

There’s only one engine for the car at present, and that’s a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes-AMG, the M177 as seen in AMG 63-based applications. New engine mounts and a lower-profile wet sump help sit the engine lower in the Vantage, and the mill has been retuned – along with the intake and exhaust – to provide a more AM-styled character and sonic signature.

Output numbers are 510 PS at 6,000 rpm and 685 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, and power is sent along to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transaxle. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 3.6 seconds and a 314 km/h top speed.

Tech bits include a speed-sensitive electric power steering, an adaptive damping system with Skyhook, offering Sport, Sport Plus and Track drive modes. Also on, DSC, Dynamic Torque Vectoring and, for the first time on an Aston Martin, an electronic locking rear differential (E-Diff) that works alongside the stability control system to react based on the car’s behaviour.

As standard, the Vantage comes fitted with 20-inch Y alloy wheels, wrapped in specially-developed Pirelli P Zero 255/40 front and 295/35 rear tyres. Personalisation options include forged units in a variety of finishes.