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2022 Aston Martin Vantage Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

A sports car’s primary mission is to make the driver feel behind the wheel, and the beautiful 2022 Aston Martin Vantage does all that while making heads turn everywhere it goes. Its sensual shape­–available with a fixed roof or a retractable soft top­–is classic sport’s car stuff, with a long hood and wide haunches. What’s under that clamshell hood is almost equally as lusty: a 500-plus-hp twin-turbo V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. This vociferous mill mates with a manual or automatic transmission, but unfortunately the former is only offered on the regular coupe. For driver’s looking to channel their inner Sebastian Vettel, Aston now offers a track-tuned F1 Edition with distinct styling, an enhanced chassis, and extra horsepower. While the Vantage’s interior suffers from some fit-and-finish issues and uncouth wind and road noise at highway speeds, the highly customizable cabin can still be lavishly appointed. Most importantly, Aston Martin’s entry-level machine constantly manufactures smiles and stares.

What’s New for 2022?

For 2022, Aston introduces a track-ready F1 Edition. It features a prominent rear wing and other aerodynamic add-ons as well as a specially tuned suspension and engine enhancements that increase horsepower from 503 to 528. Apart from the new F1 Edition, the Vantage is largely unchanged compared with the previous model year. Among the small revisions are new 21-inch wheel designs. Aston also debuts several interior design themes the company is calling “environments” that include Accelerate, Create, Impulse, and Inspire. These different options include unique combinations of colors, features, and materials.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    Choosing between the Vantage coupe and convertible is difficult. Only the hardtop comes with a stick shift, but the soft-top version lets us feel the wind in our hair and better hear the Aston’s glorious V-8 roar. In the end, we think the money we’d save by selecting the coupe would influence our final decision. Plus, that money would let us personalize our Vantage with the myriad interior and exterior treatments that are offered. We’d also opt for the heated and ventilated front seats to help keep our backsides hot or cold on demand, but we’d pass on the carbon ceramic brakes. However, we would stick with the standard manual transmission thanks to its added engagement.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Beneath the Vantage’s clamshell hood lies a thrilling, thundering twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that is supplied by Mercedes-AMG. This engine develops either 503 or 528 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque. The higher output is reserved for the track-inspired F1 Edition. While the regular Vantage feeds the rear wheels through either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission, the F1 Edition only comes with the latter. We drove the F1 on track discovered a meaningfully sharpened driving experience. Still, going with the regular model’s manual transmission creates a purer connection with the powertrain than the autobox, and also has the added performance benefit of removing 209 pounds. The Vantage’s V-8 sounds beautiful, starting with a low baritone rumble at idle and finishing with a high-strung shriek as it nears its redline. An electronically controlled limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers are standard. The Vantage’s handling is lively but predictable, which makes it hilariously good fun on a race track; the suspension is compliant enough for daily-driver duty, although harsh bumps will be obvious to passengers no matter which drive mode is selected for the adaptive dampers. Unfortunately, the optional carbon-ceramic brakes are less amicable during daily driving. While they’re excellent when enlisted for track duty, the upgraded brakes are too grabby for everyday use. We did get behind the wheel of the Vantage Roadster, praising its look-at-me personality as well as its ability to transition between behaving like an athlete and a lounger.

      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      The Vantage isn’t as thirsty for fuel as its powerful V-8 engine might suggest, at least not when equipped with the automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that models with the automatic will earn 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Models with the manual are rated at 14 mpg city and 21 highway. However, we haven’t run a Vantage with either transmission on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, so we can’t evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Vantage’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      The exterior theatrics continue inside with upscale materials and countless custom options. It’s easy to spend money on the Vantage: Aston Martin offers fancy 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 snug for two, but it’s lined with leather and faux suede. Likewise, sport seats with power adjustments and memory settings are standard. Still, its luxury experience is diminished by poor noise isolation on the highway. Interior cubby storage is also scarce except for a shallow center-console bin and door pockets. The convertible’s power-operated fabric roof folds up and down quickly and features a Z shape that Aston says helps save trunk space. While the Vantage Roadster has a slightly smaller trunk than the coupe, we’re told that it’s still able to fit a full-sized golf bag.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      An 8.0-inch display sprouts from the top of its dashboard and is primarily controlled via a rotary knob 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 such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are absent.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      Although Aston doesn’t offer a full suite of driver-assistance technology, the Vantage can be equipped with several safety features. For more information about the Vantage’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Available 360-degree camera system
      • Available blind-spot monitoring
      • Available self-parking assist

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        While Aston’s standard warranty isn’t very impressive, especially since complimentary maintenance is not included, the company does offer extended coverage plans for extra money.

        • Limited warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
        • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

          Specifications

          Specifications

          2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

          VEHICLE TYPE

          mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

          BASE PRICE

          $150,086

          ENGINE TYPE

          twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
          Displacement

          243 in3, 3982 cm3
          Power

          503 hp @ 6000 rpm
          Torque

          505 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

          TRANSMISSION

          8-speed automatic

          DIMENSIONS

          Wheelbase: 106.5 in

          Length: 175.8 in

          Width: 76.5 in

          Height: 50.1 in
          Passenger volume: 47ft3 

          Trunk volume: 7 ft3
          Curb weight (C/D est): 3850 lb

          PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

          60 mph: 3.4 sec

          100 mph: 7.6 sec

          1/4 mile: 11.6 sec

          Top speed: 190 mph

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)

          Combined/city/highway: 20/18/24 mpg

          2020 Aston Martin Vantage

          VEHICLE TYPE

          front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback

          BASE PRICE

          $156,081; AMR, $183,081

          ENGINE TYPE

          twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
          Displacement

          243 in3, 3982 cm3
          Power

          503 hp @ 6000 rpm
          Torque

          461 or 505 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

          TRANSMISSIONS

          7-speed manual, 8-speed automatic

          DIMENSIONS

          Wheelbase: 106.5 in

          Length: 175.8 in

          Width: 76.5 in

          Height: 50.1–50.2 in

          Passenger volume: 47 ft3

          Cargo volume: 10 ft3

          Curb weight (C/D est): 3600–3725 lb

          PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

          60 mph: 3.3–3.8 sec

          100 mph: 7.5–8.0 sec

          1/4 mile: 11.5¬–11.9 sec

          Top speed (mfr’s claim): 195–200 mph

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)

          Combined/city/highway: 19–20/17–18/23–24 mpg

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