New Aston Martin Vantage slides around the track ahead of November 21st launch

Aston Martin has posted a video of the all-new Vantage in disguise at Rockingham Motor Speedway

With less than a week to go before the new Aston Martin Vantage is unveiled, the British manufacturer has released a short, slow-motion clip of the coupe drifting round Rockingham Motor Speedway. 

So far we have been kept in touch with the marque’s crucial new Vantage sports car by way of various teasers showing a shadowy silhouette of both the road and the GTE Pro racecar. The teaser image revealed two covered vehicles, each dust sheet pierced by the glow from the LED lighting units of the car beneath. Sporting a massive rear wing, the GTE Pro car to the left of the picture is expected to be revealed alongside the road car at the launch event.

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The front aspect road car displays a low and wide shape with slim, compact LED headlights and a subtle power bulge on the bonnet. Thanks to the development cars spotted on the road we have a pretty good idea about what to expect when it comes to the overall shape, but the detailing is still almost completely unknown.

According to insiders, Aston Martin chief of design Marek Reichman and his team will move the new Vantage further away from its bigger DB11 brother in its new generation, adopting a similar shark-nose style grille from the one-off DB10 seen in the James Bond movie Spectre, combined with a tighter, more compact body. The DB11’s contentious floating roof strakes also look to be missing from underneath the camouflaged wrap covering the car in our spy shots, as is the front wheelarch vent.

As with the DB11, the new Vantage will benefit from Aston Martin’s relationship with Mercedes-Benz (the two work together on powertrain development and the latter owns a five per cent share in the former), but unlike the V12 it will go beyond the use of infotainment systems and unseen electronic aids and will include AMG’s hot-vee twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 engine.

Sticking with the capacity as used by AMG in the likes of the C and E63, and GTsportcars car, the new Vantage is expected to arrive with circa 370kW allowing the range to grow with ever more powerful derivatives. AMG already squeezes nigh on 445kW from the same engine, which should be plenty for the Vantage S model, while a V12 Vantage is also expected to arrive later in the model’s life cycle, along with a roadster. Later this year Aston Martin will also launch the DB11 V8 in preparation for the arrival of Bentley’s new Continental GT.

Sticking with the capacity as used by AMG in the likes of the C and E63, and GTsportcars car, the new Vantage is expected to arrive with circa 370kW allowing the range to grow with ever more powerful derivatives. AMG already squeezes nigh on 445kW from the same engine, which should be plenty for the Vantage S model, while a V12 Vantage is also expected to arrive later in the model’s life cycle, along with a roadster. Later this year Aston Martin will also launch the DB11 V8 in preparation for the arrival of Bentley’s new Continental GT.