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The Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racing Car Is Already Here

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racing Car Is Already Here

All of the power is diverted to the back wheels with the help of an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the performance of the new model outstripping that of the previous V8 Vantage.

It has been set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and ideal 50:50 weight distribution.

Aston Martin Racing has unveiled the new Vantage GTE sports vehicle that will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship (WEC) next season.

There are obvious visual differences between the GTE and the "regular" Vantage, largely thanks to aero addenda like the front splitter, side skirts, carbon-fibre rear diffuser and, of course, that massive rear wing. Previously, the unit has expanded the range of engines coupe DB11. The Vantage is company's most selling model which gets a new design and looks to beat the competitive world of cars.

Trademark Aston "gills" behind the front wheels are joined by striking, new lights and bulging wheel arches that take hints from the DB10 used in SPECTRE. But it's not all about performance - the cabin lifts plenty of aspects from Mercedes-AMG road cars, including the infotainment system. "A true sports auto with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for." said Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer.

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Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, poses for a photograph next to the new Vantage in Gaydon, Britain, Nov. 20, 2017. This is a feature that could become a signature design item on future Aston Martin cars, a spokeswoman said. Materials include a combination of perforated leather and synthetic suede, and Aston says it will offer a bunch of personalization with optional colors, materials, etc.

It's still called the Vantage, but is a lot more modern both inside and out.

The Vantage is available to order now and will cost from £120,900 (RM661,647) in the United Kingdom, €154,000 in Germany and US$149,995 in the USA. New Vantage is said to knock of the nought to one hundred quickstep in 3.5 seconds, en route to a top speed of 314km/h. "Like the Ford GT", you might be thinking, but we suspect this is a more evenly split effort between race and road.

In addition, since its 503-horsepower V-8 takes up less space than a V-12, the Vantage has wheelbase that's 100 millimeters (roughly four inches) shorter than the DB11's. The driver can choose from three driving modes: Sport, Sport Plus and Track.

Production of the new model will begin soon, with the first customer deliveries scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2018.