ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE: BRITAIN'S FINEST IS THE WORLD'S ENVY!
xBhp|December 2020 - January 2021
The new Aston Martin Vantage is a thoroughbred supercar but one that you can drive daily.
KARAN SINGH BANSATTA
WHAT if someone told you that with a Razorblade and a Green Pea, you can refer to one of the most decorated automotive brands in history? Understandably, it would be really hard to believe. But it is possible. And what if someone told you the car that you see here is from that very brand? That’s even harder to believe. Razorblade. Green Pea. And then this car- the Aston Martin Vantage. Man... this is gonna be a good story.

Aston Martin cars are fondly known as Bond cars and for good reason. There are not a lot of automotive brands that have recognition and presence in cinema as much as Aston Martin. From the gorgeous DB5 in Goldfinger way back in 1964 to the beautiful DB10 in Spectre which came out in 2015, Aston Martins have been the signature car of 007… for the most part.

About the explanation behind Razorblade and Green Pea, Aston Martin was originally founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. And two of their very first race cars were called… yep, you guessed it right; Razorblade and Green Pea. As you can tell by the name of the cars Aston Martin has had an illustrious (and complicated history). But we’re going to keep the history part of this story reserved for the Vantage only.

Now, the Vantage was not an actual model in the beginning. It was more like a specification or a variant. A couple of examples are DB2 Vantage or the DB4 Vantage. And for the most part, the Vantage badge has been a confusing one. The first model named Vantage can be traced back to 1972 when the DBS got a V8 variant. When that happened, the original straight-six powered DBS became the Vantage.

1977 saw the first V8 Vantage which sported a muscular look and started its life as the fastest production car of its time. The Vantage name also has the distinction of being one of the most powerful Aston Martins. The Vantage Le Mans V600 Coupe made 600 bhp and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) of torque. It was only bested by the One-77 and now, the new DB11s.

Post that, the Vantage name became a ‘spec’ again when the DB7 Vantage came out and only became an actual model again in 2005 when the beautiful V8 Vantage came out. In 2009, a V12 Vantage was also introduced. The V8 was on sale till 2017 and the V12 till 2018. While their production ended, what this Vantage did was that it cleared Aston Martin’s intention of having a proper sports car in their lineup in addition to the GTs that they primarily made.

And when the stage is set by a car like the 2005 Vantage, the show has to be spectacular. And for the love of everything that is holy, it is! The Vantage that came out in 2018 as a replacement for the outgoing model was the sporty intent of Aston Martin personified. It looked the part and it had the performance to show for it. And to be honest, it is perhaps the most exciting car to ever wear an Aston Martin badge. This may be a controversial statement but bear with us.

Firstly, if you Google the meaning of Vantage, it says, “A place or position affording a good view of something.” It almost makes one laugh because after driving this car for a while or even looking at it, one might want to replace something with everything. Anyway, let us start talking about the car so that these bold claims can be justified.

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