Few cars combine beauty and driver’s delight like the 2023 Aston Martin Vantage. In both coupe and convertible form, it showcases a striking silhouette in a couture-inspired suit of flawlessly pressed sheet metal. Most models are powered by a twin-turbo V-8 that produces more than 500 horsepower, while a few lucky buyers will get the more powerful twin-turbo V-12. Regardless of powertrain, the Vantage impresses with an athletic chassis, lively handling, and explosive acceleration—not to mention some of the most melodious exhaust notes available today. The interior is comfortable and can be customized with several luxury options, though we do have one complaint: the relative lack of luxury for the Vantage’s six-figure price tag. Still, with styling this sleek and driving this engaging, the Vantage is a highly desirable driver’s car with an iconic heritage.
What’s New for 2023?
The V-12 engine returns to the Vantage lineup for 2023 and it’s a powerful powerplant with twin turbocharging and 690 horsepower. The twin-turbo V-12 will be offered in both coupe and Vantage convertible models, along with a special aerodynamics package for greater downforce. Aston claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds, which may be conservative. Unfortunately, the order book for this exclusive model has already closed, and only 333 will be produced.
Price and Which One to Buy
Choosing between the Vantage coupe and convertible is tough. The hard top is better for structural rigidity, but the soft top version lets us feel the wind in our hair—and appreciate the Aston’s glorious engine note even more. In the end, we think the money we save by choosing the coupe will influence our final decision. In addition, the money will allow us to personalize our Vantage with various interior and exterior treatments on offer. We also opted for heated and ventilated front seats to help keep our rear end warm or cool on demand, but we’ll be using carbon ceramic brakes.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Under the Vantage’s clamshell hood lies either a thrilling and rumbling twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 or a monster 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12. The base V-8 engine produces either 503 or 528 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. The higher output V-8 is reserved for the track-inspired F1 Edition. The V-12 engine makes 690 horsepower, and Aston claims it’s good for a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds—but we think that’s a conservative estimate. We drive F1 on the right track and discover a more meaningful driving experience and record a 3.5 second run to 60 mph. The Vantage’s V-8 sounds beautiful, starting with a low baritone at idle and ending with a high-pitched scream as it nears its redline. A limited-slip differential and electronically controlled adaptive dampers are standard. The Vantage’s handling is lively but predictable, which makes it very funny fun on the race track; the suspension is quite compliant with the duties of a daily driver, although severe bumps will be apparent to passengers regardless of the selected driving mode for the adaptive dampers. Unfortunately, the optional carbon ceramic brakes are less friendly during daily driving. While it’s excellent when listed for track duty, the upgraded brakes are too impressive for everyday use. We have done get behind the wheel of the Vantage Roadsterpraising his look-at-me personality as well as his ability to switch between behaving like an athlete and a sun lounger.
Real World Fuel Economy and MPG
The Vantage isn’t as fuel-hungry as its powerful V-8 engine suggests, at least when equipped with an automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the Vantage will get 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. We haven’t run the Vantage on our 75 mph highway fuel economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, so we can’t rate real world mpg. For more information on Vantage fuel economy, visit the website EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The outdoor theater continues inside with upscale materials and plenty of custom options. It’s easy to spend money on the Vantage: Aston Martin offers luxury options such as a full leather interior, heated and ventilated seats, a carbon fiber steering wheel, embroidered headrests and several different options for interior trim, among many other features. The cockpit is comfortable for two, but it’s lined with leather and faux suede. Likewise, sports seats with power adjustment and memory settings are standard. However, its luxurious experience is diminished by poor noise isolation on the highway. Interior cubby storage is also limited except for a center console bin and shallow door pockets. The convertible power-operated fabric roof folds up and down quickly, and features a Z-shape that Aston says helps save luggage space. Although the Vantage Roadster has a slightly smaller trunk than the coupe, we’re told it can still fit a full-sized golf bag.
Infotainment and Connectivity
An 8.0-inch display sprouts from the top of its dashboard and is controlled primarily via rotary knobs and buttons on the center console. The Vantage’s infotainment system also includes an Aston Martin audio system, Bluetooth compatibility and built-in navigation. While an upgraded audio system and touchpad are optional, popular features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are absent.
Safety Features and Driver Assistance
Although Aston doesn’t offer a full suite driver assistance technology, the Vantage can be equipped with several safety features. For more information on Vantage crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:
- A 360-degree camera system is available
- Blind spot monitoring is available
- Self-parking assistance is available
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
While Aston’s standard warranty isn’t all that impressive, especially since free maintenance isn’t included, the company offers extended coverage plans for extra money.
- The limited warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
2023 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition
Vehicle Type: front engine, rear wheel drive, 2 passenger, 2 door coupe
Base/As Tested: $171,586/$189,386
Options: carbon-ceramic brakes, $11,100; premium audio, $2200; Alcantara headliner, $1900; red brake calipers, $1200; body-color rear diffuser insert, $900; lower cross brace, $500
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 243 in33982 cm3
Power: 528 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 505 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arm/multi-link
Brakes, F/R: 16.1-in vent, cross-drilled carbon-ceramic disc/14.2-in vent, cross-drilled carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 255/35ZR-21 (98Y) A6A
R: 295/30ZR-21 (102Y) A6A
Wheelbase: 106.5 inches
Length: 176.8 inches
Width: 76.5 inches
Height: 50.2 inches
Passenger Volume, F: 47 feet3
Cargo Volume: 10 feet3
Curb Weight: 3813 lb
C/D TEST RESULT
60 mph: 3.5 seconds
100 mph: 7.9 seconds
1/4-Mile: 11.7 seconds @ 121 mph
130 mph: 13.8 seconds
150 mph: 20.8 seconds
The above results leave a 1 foot launch for 0.3 seconds.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.1 seconds
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 seconds
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 seconds
Top Speed (claimed mfr): 195 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 150 feet
Braking, 100–0 mph: 294 feet
Road grip, 300 ft Skid Pad: 1.00 g
C/D OIL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20/18/24 mpg
C/D TESTS EXPLAINED
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