Aston Martin has confirmed pricing for its compact Vantage sporting activities auto, established to get there in Australia throughout the 3rd quarter of 2018.
With a commencing selling price of $299,950 just before on-highway expenditures, the car will be close to $18,000 more pricey than the Porsche 911 GTS. That cost similarity is no accident.
Speaking to media at the start of the Vantage and DB11 Volante in Melbourne, Patrik Nilsson, Asia Pacific director for Aston Martin, didn’t mince terms when speaking about the car’s rivals.
“The new Vantage is impressive,” he advised the assembled crowd.
“I’ll arrive out and say that this is the new 911 hunter – and that’s me sticking my neck out.”
Together with the ubiquitous rear-engined Porsche, the Vantage is priced in direct level of competition with the AMG GT S ($298,711).
Each the AMG and Aston Martin are run by an AMG-produced 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, developing 375kW in equally apps. By way of comparison, the 911 GTS tends to make 331kW from its turbocharged flat-six.
Previously, the Vantage has been offered with a V12 powertrain. Whilst it acknowledged the V12 DB11’s engine would probably fit in the Vantage, Aston Martin states a additional potent compact product, total with far more cylinders, isn’t currently planned.
The corporation confirmed, on the other hand, we can hope to a see a handbook gearbox in long run.
“Andy’s [Palmer, Aston CEO] initially occupation as an apprentice was… doing work on transmissions, so he’s a gearbox head,” Simon Sproule, Aston Martin vice president, informed the assembled crowd.
“It’s one particular of the good reasons, when you sit in that motor vehicle, it has these a cutaway [in the centre console] – you can imagine where the handbook shifter would sit in the car,” Marek Reichman, Aston Martin chief inventive officer, elaborated.
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