2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage — It is not a secret that Daimler and Aston Martin have worked together for quite some time. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise to see an AMG’s powered Aston Martin in the near future.
It turns out, the highly anticipated car that will share the same powerplant with AMG GT is 2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. But V8 Vantage will not just borrow the GT engine without any tweaks. As a matter of fact, it is reported that the twin turbocharged 4.0 L will be tuned differently and also deliver different power output. But regarding how powerful it is or whether it will sit above the GT or not, the company has yet to confirm anything.
2018 Aston Martin Vantage Specifications
It is not official yet, but it is safe to say that the M178 version of the 4.0-liter engine is the one that will come under V8 Vantage’s bonnet. There is some reason why M178 that comes with the dry sump is the one chosen to power the new 2018 V8 Vantage. Firstly, the dry sump can make the engine lower. Hence it will be perfect for Aston Martin’s low hood.
Secondly, AMG GT’s engine incorporates front mid-ship positioning, and it also comes with transaxle gearbox. Since it is the same configuration with Aston Martin’s cars, migrating the motor from the GT to V8 Vantage will be much easier and more importantly, also more cost efficient.
Speaking of transaxle gearbox, it is still not known which one will be paired with V8 Vantage’s engine. But it seems like GT’s double clutch Getrag transmission is the most plausible option. Furthermore, since both Daimler and Aston Martin have the knowledge in working with this type of transmission as a transaxle, we definitely can expect manual gearbox to come as an option as well.
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The new 2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage shows how good the cooperation between Daimler and Aston Martin is. As a matter of fact, both companies have agreed to work together. In the long run, to build their productions in the future. However, it seems like this joint venture will not apply to Aston Martin’s newest V12 Vantage.
It is reported that unlike its V8 brother, the next V12 Vantage will not receive AMG’s engine 12-cylinder engine. Instead, the V12 car will benefit from a version of 5.2 L twin-turbocharged engine that we have seen in Aston Martin DB 11. Again, contrary to V8 Vantage, the V12 model will not get the manual transmission.
Release Date and Price
Official release date and price has not been announced. But, probably it will be ready to make its debut in 2017 Paris Motor Show.
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