Sunday, February 25, 2024

New Aston Martin Vantage brings 656bhp V8 and new inside


The aluminium chassis has been extensively revised as effectively, within the identify of improved rigidity and engagement. The entrance cross-member has been moved rearwards to make the entrance suspension mounting factors extra inflexible, for instance, and the brand new engine bay brace is each lighter and stiffer.

Aston additionally claims the rear finish is as much as 29% stiffer below load, courtesy of added reinforcements and new below trays, and says that total the enhancements will enhance dealing with steadiness, driver suggestions and refinement.

Simply as vital are the brand new adaptive dampers, which have a a lot higher capability to distribute drive throughout the chassis and thus present “an immense vary of management and pace of response”. Aston additionally touts the advantages of the ‘non-isolated’ steering column, basically which means the rubber has been faraway from the reference to the steering rack to provide a extra “direct and uncorrupted” response to steering inputs.

Rounding off the chassis overhaul are new – and bespoke – Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tyres, wrapped round staggered-width, 21in solid alloy wheels, which have been designed to “take away each gram of extra mass with out compromising power or aesthetics”.

All of those revisions are supported by an overhauled dynamics controller that measures motion throughout six dimensions – surge, heave, sway, roll, pitch and yaw – and reacts accordingly. The speed of intervention, says Aston, is now “at all times completely judged”.

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