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Car and Driver: Aston Launches Vantage GTS That’s Unique to the U.S.


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Following on from the confirmation that Aston Martin is going to offer a limited run of the V12 Vantage S with a seven-speed manual gearbox, the British sportscar maker has also confirmed plans to rationalize the V-8-powered Vantage line-up in the U.S. to a single model for 2017: The new GTS.


This is because—after a long life—the current Vantage is approaching a well-deserved retirement. We’ve been told to expect to see its replacement next year, complete with the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter AMG V-8 that Aston Martin has purchased from Mercedes to replace its current long-in-the-tooth 4.7-liter V-8 design. So while we await the new car, there are some spec and trim-level adjustments to help Aston’s U.S. dealers keep the old aluminum moving.


Both Coupe and Roadster models of the GTS will be available, with the choice of either six-speed manual or seven-speed automated shift transmission, and then what Aston is calling “Sport Edition” and “Lux Edition” trim levels. Both are basically styling packs. The Sport features lots of carbon-fiber for what the official release describes as a “powerful motorsport vibe,” as well as a black finish for the front grille and headlight bezels. It also rides on the formerly optional sports suspension. The Lux is a softer take, thanks to what’s described as “comfort suspension,” though we suspect this just a new label on the former standard configuration. Visual cues include a bright metal grille and—on the front splitter and rear diffuser—the gloss black finish that automakers increasingly use as visual shorthand for posh. Lux cars also get the Bang & Olufsen audio system upgrade as standard.




All versions of the Vantage—as well as the Rapide and the Vanquish—will also get Aston’s freshly upgraded AMi III infotainment and navigation system, which, we’re promised, marks a significant step forward from its mostly terrible predecessor.


Given what we know about its successor’s powerplant, the 2017 GTS Vantage looks to be one of the last chances to buy an Aston Martin with a naturally aspirated V-8 engine. Official pricing details are being finalized, but we’re told to expect the GTS to start at around the $135,000 mark.




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