2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Review, Ratings, Specs, and Price

Britain and Germany always had an awkward relationship. Whenever the two meet war, debate, and controversy follows. Not this time though, as German engineering and Britain’s craftsmanship have merged together to deliver the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage coupe, which is a true automotive work of art.

With $129,995 valuation the 2018 Vantage comes with the AMG handcrafted 4.0L 8-Cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine cranks out 503 hp of power and 505 pound-feet of torque.

Just the sound of it is enough German to give you confidence and further nail the accelerator down. On a twisty road, you can actually read the Vantage’s movements. However, the adaptive suspension doesn’t save the driver from harsh road bumps. The potent power plant and agile handling bring the Vantage in direct competition with cars like McLaren 570GT, Audi R8, and Bentley Continental GT.

What’ll impress you

  • Gurgling engine sound
  • Muscle car looks and stunning exterior
  • Uber interior

What won’t

  • Obsolete infotainment
  • Lack of phone integration like Android Auto

What’s new

The 2018 Aston Martin was redesigned with a new power train.

Trims and Features

Raw power is good only when tamed and channeled in the right path, the original Vantage’s V8 had power but lacked direction. However the 2018 Vantage overcame this adversity, it has power without the expense of handling and drivability.

The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage coupe comes in one trim featuring the AMG tuned Biturbo 4.0 L V8 engine. This power station is mated to an 8-Speed automatic transmission. The engine resides on the front of the car while it’s power is transmitted to the rear wheels giving it a central balance. The Vantage comes with a multitude of standard features like the adaptive suspension, parking assist and a dozen of paint and interior options.

Trim Aston Martin  Vantage  Coupe
MSRP

(Automatic)

$149,995
Key

Features

Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)

High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam)

LED rear lamps

Clear rear lamps

160 W Aston Martin audio system with six-CD autochanger

Integrated Apple iPod  connector 5

USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility

Full-grain leather interior or full-grain leather and Alcantara  interior

Piano Black facia trim, centre stack and door pulls

Alcantara -trimmed sports steering wheel with Black airbag ring

Memory seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)

Leather sports steering wheel

Black pedal pads and footrest

Lightweight seats with six-way electrical adjustment

Heated seats

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Engine and Performance

“Gorgeous and supremely athletic, the Vantage is the entry-level Aston Martin, if there’s such a thing. But there’s nothing basic about this stunning British sports car, with its looks to kill”- Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The AMG sorcery evolved the Vantage’s V8 from a street brawler to a precision fighter. The 2018 Vantage features a potent 4.0 L V8 engine backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission to pump out 503 hp horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Engine
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Engine
Models Aston martin Vantage coupe Bentley continental GT coupe Audi R8 coupe McLaren 570GT
MSRP $149,995 $214,600 $162,900 $198,950
Engine 4.0L 8 cyl Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12 5.2L FSI V10 DOHC 3.8L Twin Turbo V8
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-speed automatic 7-Speed Automatic 7-speed automatic
Horsepower 503 hp 582 hp 540 hp 562 hp
Torque 505 lb-ft 531 lb-ft 398 lb-ft 443 lb-ft

The harsh competition in the sports car territory is too tight to compete in, even the strongest contenders crumble. Similarly, the Vantage’s 503 hp power is overwhelmed by the competition. The Continental GT’s W12 generates a strong 582 hp power followed by the McLaren 570 GT 562 hp and the R8’s 531 hp of power.

Acceleration

Propelling on high speeds the Vantage sounds like the DB 11 singing a high note. The spirited 3.2-second acceleration clearly shows the German guts on this British car. Honestly, to get the full taste of the Vantage’s power you have to hit the tracks.

Models Aston martin Vantage coupe Bentley continental GT coupe Audi R8 coupe McLaren 570GT
0-60 MPH 3.5 3.3 sec 3.5 sec 2.9 sec
Quarter mile NA 11.3 sec 10.6 sec 10.8 sec
Engine 4.0L 6.0L 5.2L 3.8L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

NA 11.8 10.4 N/A

Though the 3.5-second acceleration is impressive but the rivals are more athletic and faster than the Vantage. The McLaren 570GT’s 2.9-second performance creates a benchmark for the lot. On the other hand, the Vantage and the R8 tie to take the last spot.

Ride and Handling

Driving a Vantage reminds a lot of an AMG GT, however, the benign balance is the mastermind of its handling. Settings for the engine and transmission are separated from that of the suspension, so you can have the engine in one mode and the suspension in the other. Endless possibilities of drive mode combinations, a driver can actually personalize his driving experience on the Vantage.

The squared steering might not share the same feel as the McLaren’s pinpoint steering but is aplomb enough for tricky roads and track racing. The strong paddle shifters on the Vantage are possibly the best on the market, the shifts are smooth and responsive on the track but get slower on normal roads.

Braking

Brakes on the Vantage are good enough to endure heavy track racing. The 3700 curb weight makes it more competitive, also you can do wonders on the track with the optional carbon ceramic brakes.

Model Aston martin Vantage coupe Bentley continental GT coupe Audi R8 coupe McLaren 570GT
Brake Front (in.) 15.7 15.9 14.4 14.6
Brake Rear (in.) 14.2 13.2 14.0 13.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3700 5115 3649 3296
60-0 MPH (ft.) NA N/A 103 95

Fuel Economy

The Vantage’s V8 is often confused with those thirsty sports car engines, but it’s not. It gives out an impressive 18 mpg of city and 25 mpg of highway mileage for a sports car. So, no matter where you are maneuvering, the Vantage breaks the big question mark hounding the sports cars mileage.

Model Aston martin Vantage coupe Bentley continental GT coupe Audi R8 coupe McLaren 570GT
MPG (city) 18 12 14 16
MPG (highway) 25 21 22 23
MPG (combined) 21 15 17 19

The Vantage’s 21 mpg combined mileage is a more than enough for the market. The competitors bring speed and but lack efficiency. The Bentley Continental GT’s 15 mpg combined mileage makes it the least efficient car in the lot.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage coupe Exterior

“Getting down to the vehicle architecture, Aston delivers a top-notch body-in-white. The tub is all aluminum, and the exterior panels are a mix of composites, aluminum, and carbon fiber—and no steel” Motor Trend

Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 Vantage is more of a muscle car, the strong lines of character run right from the sides and roof of the car all the way to the rear spoiler. The designers kept the traditional Aston Martin front grill as the testament to British designing. There are plenty of details added to enhance the aerodynamics like the large splitter, rear diffuser, new side grills and more.

The Aston Martin Vantage is a 175.8 inch long, 76.4 inches wide, and 50.1 inches tall. For taller people getting in might feel awkward but from the inside, the cabin feels comfortable and obstruction less.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Side Profile
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Side Profile
Model Aston martin Vantage coupe Bentley continental GT coupe Audi R8 coupe McLaren 570GT
Curb weight (lbs.) 3700 5115 3649 3296
Length(in) 175.8 189.3 174.3 178.4
Width(in) 76.4 76.7 76.4 82.5
Height(in) 50.1 55.2 48.8 47.3
Ground clearance (in) NA 5.5 6.3 N/A
Wheelbase (in) 106.5 108.0 104.4 105.1
Track width (in) F/R NA 65.5/65.2 64.5/63.0 65.9/63.7

The 3700-pound curb weight makes is neither too heavy nor to light, but the magic happens in the distribution of this weight. The front end engine and rear wheel drive train gives it a central balance. Depending on the size, the Vantage, R8, and the McLaren share the same dimensions. However, the Continental GT is the oddball here. It carries too much weight, and is longer and wider compared to other cars.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Interior

“In a check-box comparison, the new Brit surpasses the German in almost every performance benchmark — and the Vantage’s interior is particularly more premium in materials and craftsmanship”- KBB

Seating and Comfort

Sitting in the Vantage is like wearing a fancy watch. People will notice you, admire you, and eventually be charmed by your persona, that’s what the Vantage is all about. Apparently, the makers quit the central waterfall console for the robotic triangular conundrum of buttons. Earlier the interior was clean now it feels like a button overload.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Interior
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Interior
Model Aston martin Vantage coupe Bentley continental GT coupe Audi R8 coupe McLaren 570GT
Passenger capacity 2 4 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.7/-/42.8 39.6/-/41.3 38.5/55.1/40.9 N/A

Infotainment

Apart from the engine the Vantage also received the spur for a similar COMAND 8-inch infotainment system but sadly its Mercedes old infotainment system. The trackpad is stretched a little bit more and the rotary dial is a little heavier than the usual one. Apple CarPlay comes standard but the Android users are left to improvise.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Infotainment
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Dashboard

Cargo volume

Unlocking the tailgate is only possible through the key, there is no button or sensor who does that for you. Also, it’s a little heavy and might require extra effort to lift up. However, the cargo space on the Vantage is enough for a sports car which can be extended through a foldable partition.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Cargo
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Cargo
Model Aston martin Vantage coupe Bentley continental GT coupe Audi R8 coupe McLaren 570GT
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 10.6 12.6 8.0 12.0

No one takes a Vantage to buy groceries, so don’t expect a lot of space. The 10.6 cubic feet space is enough to carry the utility kit and a small bag and that’s about it.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Safety and Reliability

The car is yet to be tested on the US soil. Still, the makers have installed some active safety features in the 2018 Vantage like Emergency brakes assist, electronic brake force distribution, Dynamic stability control and more.

Safety Features

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Track mode
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
 Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Electrically adjustable sports seats with side airbags
Dual-stage driver/passenger front airbags

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Head to Head

Audi R8 Coupe

The Audi R8 is known for its flamboyant design and the V10’s gurgle. Priced over $150,000 you get 40 more ponies but this power is too crude. On the other hand, the Vantage is lighter, more agile, and drivable than the R8 but lacks the power. Then again the R8’ cabin is more comfortable and infotainment more easy to use.

The Price difference is not that much and after accounting the Power, and Performance the R8 gets 2 P’s right.

McLaren 570GT

The McLaren 570 GT is the quickest car in the lot, its impressive 2.8-second acceleration is enough to win any battle. It is offered with more power but at a heavy price. On a contrary, the Vantage is backed with lesser power and offered at a lower price.

This could have been a gentlemen’s fight but the Vantage’s lower price is a deal you can’t afford to lose.

Bentley Continental GT

The first thing you notice in the Bentley Continental GT is the spiking price. Through both are the sons of England, the Bentley delivers the original English feel. However, you have to pay way too much just for the overexerted English feel, power, and performance. Considering it’s a GT you cannot expect the same level of handling experience like the Vantage.

So, the choice is simple, the luxury shoppers should go for the Bentley Continental GT and the ones inclined towards performance should buy the McLaren.

Verdict

As Aston Martin quotes, the 2018 Vantage is a predator. It’s resume exudes amazing handling, commendable dexterity and enough power to back its claims. Though the car is drivable on normal roads its true potential is unleashed on the tracks. However, the infotainment lacks the necessary features and isn’t that user-friendly.

So, the Anglo-German collaboration is low on price and high on performance, delivering a perfect car for this price.