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Aston's new Vantage takes chartreuse to new levels

Even a very rainy day can't dampen this color.

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This is the new Aston Martin Vantage!

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It's based on the same platform as the new DB11, but with some minor geometry changes and other tweaks, it feels like a completely different car. 

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Under the hood is the same V8, borrowed from Mercedes-Benz and pushing out a healthy 503 horsepower. 

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That's all ducted through the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic. 

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But don't fear, there's a manual coming soon. 

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Our time on the track was wet, to say the least, so it was difficult to get the strongest of impressions, but the car was nothing short of capable. 

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Even for some tail-out antics if you're into that sort of thing. 

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On the road, meanwhile, the car is sharp and engaging, and perhaps a bit too stiff if you're looking for a cushy ride of the sort the DB11 offers. 

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That, combined with a randy exhaust note and overall engaging drive means this is a very distinctive car from its bigger brother. 

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And that is a very good thing. Vantage is properly its own car, and a great one at that. 

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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Aston Martin Vantage. Portugal. February / March 2018 Photo: Drew Gibson

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