When it comes to British sports cars, a couple of names come to mind for many, including Lotus and Aston Martin. Aston Martin celebrates a milestone for its iconic Vantage sports car. Aston says 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Vantage name.
Since Vantage first opened cover in its early days through modern versions, over 36,000 Vantage cars have been handcrafted over the past seven decades. The Vantage family houses some of the most iconic and desirable cars that Aston Martin has made. Aston claims that the iconic car is synonymous with rhythm, power and style.
Dr. Andy Palmer, president and CEO of the Aston Martin Lagonda group, says that the latest Vantage and Vantage AMR sports cars represent the latest interpretation of what the word Vantage means for drivers around the world. He says that Vantage has always been synonymous with engineering ambition, electrifying performance and exceptional beauty.
The first time that Aston used the word Vantage was in 1950 with the debut of the Aston Martin DB2. In the beginning, Vantage meant a car with an updated engine. In its first model, Vantage referred to the use of larger SU HV6 carburettors and a higher 8.16: 1 compression ratio in the 2.6-liter Lagonda engine. These changes allowed DB2 Vantage to produce 125 horses with only around 250 vehicles built.
The first time that the Vantage models became visually distinguishable from the other cars in the line came with the DB4 Vantage. That car made 266 horsepower and featured headlights recessed from the DB4 GT along with polished aluminum coating. This is the version that became iconic and synonymous with James Bond after a later version was used in the Bond film “Goldfinger”. The latest version of the Vantage uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 503 horsepower.