2025 Aston Martin Vantage Review: Stunning Performance

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceAll New
The Aston Martin Vantage is a pure sports car in every respect, as it has been since it was first introduced in the late 1970s. Considered one of Britain’s first true supercars, the original 1977 V8 Vantage’s top speed of 170 mph made it the fastest four-seat production car in the world. Several iterations of the Vantage followed, and for the 2025 model year, a new Aston Martin Vantage arrives with drop-dead styling, a luxurious interior, and a powerful twin-turbo V8 that makes this the fastest Vantage ever.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceWorld Class
“Any car bearing the Vantage name has much to live-up to, which is why this newest model makes an unwavering commitment to high-performance in its purest and most explicit form,” said Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Amedeo Felisa. “Class-leading power and speed establish its credentials, but it is through expert application of the latest technologies to the Vantage’s perfectly balanced front-engine rear-drive chassis that we have created a sports car with addictive capability. Together with assertive styling, all-new interior and state-of-the-art infotainment, Vantage is world-class in every respect”.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFresh Look
The new Vantage gets a completely redesigned front end with a wider body for a more aggressive stance. The larger contoured grille not only changes the face of this updated Aston but also provides almost 30 percent added airflow, helping to keep the big V8 cool. Vertical vents ahead of the wheels provide additional cooling while further emphasizing the car’s wide presence. Completing the new look are the stylish Matrix LED headlights with distinctive daytime running lights.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceSports Car Proportions
Not only does the Vantage deliver extreme performance, but it also has the looks to match. With a long, sloping hood and a sleek roofline that flows from the base of the windshield to the rear spoiler, the Aston has proper sports car proportions. Bold fenders encompass the standard 21-inch forged alloy wheels. The iconic Aston Martin side strake and air vents behind the front tires give the appearance of speed, even when the car stands still. As Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, put it, “One look and you know it packs a real punch, but there’s an elegance of form and proportion that hints at the sophistication that underpins its raw power.”

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRear View
The new wide rear bumper integrates additional side air vents as well as the large quad exhaust outlets.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceExcitement and Dynamism
“Aston Martin is blessed with many evocative model names, but none conjure excitement and dynamism like Vantage,” added Reichman. “To capture the new car’s huge uplift in power and performance we have accentuated its physique, increasing its muscularity and sharpening its sculptural form.”

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceMany Colors
Vantage buyers can choose from dozens of colors, including multiple greens, oranges, reds, purples, and blues. I spent most of my time in a Vantage painted in Cosmos Orange, which received plenty of attention during our drive through the Spanish countryside.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceInner Space
The Vantage’s cabin is redone for a much cleaner style. At the center of the dashboard is a new 10.25-inch touchscreen display with lines that flow into the center console. The slim vents and uncluttered dash add to the wide look of the cabin.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFocused Controls
Climate functions are easily accessed via buttons below the screen, while roller dials in the center console provide quick adjustment to cabin temperature. Vehicle controls and the simple gear selector are front and center, just below the large start button.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceInfotainment Improvements
One of the more significant improvements Aston Martin has made to the Vantage is the introduction of a new infotainment system. Debuting last year in the new DB12, the system features a nicely laid out home screen with tiles that offer easy access to popular items like navigation, media, and communications. Apple CarPlay comes standard with a wireless connection; however, Android Auto is not offered.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHigh-Quality Materials
The Aston Martin Vantage may be a sports car at heart, but the cabin gets an ultra-luxury vibe with high-quality materials found throughout. The standard sport seats are trimmed in Haircell leather with the option of semi-aniline leather and Alcantara trim. Like the exterior, there are dozens of interior hues to choose from, and customers can customize the color and material of the headliner, seatbelts, stitching, and carpet. Multiple colors and styles of carbon fiber trim are also available.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceSeating
I had the opportunity to test out both the standard Sports Plus seats as well as the optional Carbon Fiber Performance Seats. While the latter is more stylish, perhaps fitting better with the Aston’s sports car image, the comfort of the standard seats for most driving situations was preferred. Both offer excellent support with substantial bolstering, but the Performance Seats are much stiffer and feel more at home at the track than for everyday driving.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceCargo Space
Most sports cars put more emphasis on performance than utility, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how much cargo space is in the new Vantage. The larger rear hatch opens wide for easy access, and with just over 12 cubic feet of space, there’s more than enough room for a few small suitcases or multiple bags of groceries.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceUmbrella
Aston Martin offers a custom umbrella that mounts nicely on the inside of the rear hatch. It is perhaps not as convenient as the umbrella in the door of a Rolls-Royce, but it is still handy.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceUnder the Hood
Powering the 2025 Aston Martin Vantage is a hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, putting out 656 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The engine is sourced from Mercedes-AMG but heavily reworked by Aston Martin engineers with larger turbos, optimized compression ratios, and increased cooling for a higher output and improved response. The updated engine represents a considerable increase in output compared to the outgoing version—30 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque. A rear-mounted 8-speed automatic transmission manages the power, sending it to the rear wheels.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperiencePerformance Stats
With its significant increase in power, the new Aston Martin Vantage is very quick. The company claims this new sports car will sprint to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph. But the Vantage does much more than just go fast in a straight line. With a stiffer chassis, adaptive dampers, an enhanced suspension, and unique Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires developed in partnership with Michelin, handling on the road and track is excellent.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFuel Economy
While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not yet have a rating for the 2025 Aston Martin Vantage, the company listed fuel economy estimates of 15 mpg city / 22 mpg hwy / 18 mpg combined. Driving the Aston through the Spanish countryside outside of Seville, the trip computer showed 15.1 liters/100 km, which converts to 15.6 mpg – an impressive figure for a twin-turbo V8 sports car driven rather aggressively.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceOn the Road
Aston Martin invited us to Seville, Spain, to properly test out the new Aston Martin Vantage, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Vantage is perfectly comfortable puttering through small villages with its burbling exhaust and stunning looks turning heads everywhere. But the car came alive as I headed into the mountains on some of the best roads I’ve ever experienced.

© Andy Morgan Aston MartinEnjoying the Drive
There never seemed to be a lack of power as I pushed the Vantage along the winding road, and with precise steering, excellent grip, and strong brakes, this newest Aston Martin is an absolute joy to drive. The 8-speed automatic shifts quickly on its own or via the paddles on the steering column, delivering satisfying downshifts as I braked into a corner.

© Andy Morgan Aston MartinCruiser
The Aston Martin Vantage is a sports car, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work as a daily driver. Cruising at freeway speeds, the ride can be a bit stiff on rougher pavement, but for the most part, it’s comfortable and smooth. With the adaptive cruise control set and tunes playing on the exceptional 15-speaker 1,170-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system, the Vantage is an ideal road trip car.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceOn the Track
While the Vantage works well as a daily cruiser, it is happiest (as is the driver) on the race track. I had the opportunity to push the Aston to its limits at the Circuito Monteblanco outside of Seville. Showing its full capability, the Aston’s is predictable and precise, and the stability control nicely keeps the overzealous driver out of trouble without cutting power, making for a much more enjoyable drive. Overall, the Vantage feels well-balanced, delivering confidence to the driver.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceStrong Acceleration, Strong Brakes
Circuito Monteblanco features a long front straight that allows the Vantage to stretch its legs. While there isn’t enough space to reach the Aston’s top speed of 202 mph, I did reach almost 160 mph, and at that speed, the car feels planted and stable. With a very tight right-hand turn at the end of the long straight, hard braking is required to make the turn. Dropping from 160 mph to 30 mph happens quickly with no drama, and I was able to do this repeatedly with no brake fade.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRating: 9.0
With stunning new styling, a cabin replete with high-end materials, and the latest high-tech features, the new Vantage is a considerable step above the outgoing version. But it is the added power and performance that set this updated sports car apart from its predecessor and the competition. While the price does put the 2025 Aston Martin Vantage out of reach of many new car shoppers, those with the means will enjoy all aspects of this new model – looking at it, sitting in it, and most of all, driving it.

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