The next-generation Aston Martin Vantage has been spied for the first time ahead of a launch within the next 24 months.
This spied Vantage camouflaged prototype was in convertible form, and is technically treated as a separate model by Aston Martin which refers to it as the Vantage Roadster.
The British carmaker also uses the term Volante for its drop-top DB11 and DBS models.
All three convertibles, plus their coupe counterparts, are being overhauled over the next 24 months – along with an additional two models – and Aston Martin is set to reveal multiple models at its Capital Markets Day on June 27.
Exterior changes on this spied next-gen Vantage Roadster prototype appear to be evolutionary, with a larger grille, new headlights, and redesigned bumpers.
It also appears the current model’s clamshell bonnet has been swapped for a more conventional unit.
The dash on this spied prototype is covered up which further indicates tech upgrades are coming. It’s understood it will finally receive a touchscreen, abolishing the old Mercedes-Benz COMAND interface which uses a trackpad.
It’s unclear if the next-generation Vantage will retain the current model’s Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 375kW of power and 685Nm of torque.
The in-house 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, which powers the limited-edition Vantage V12 and Vantage V12 Roadster, is already confirmed to not be a part of the next-generation lineup.
“It feels like watching paint dry or grass grow, but after three years we’ve got our next generation of sports cars and will launch eight in the next 24 months,” Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll said in remarks reported by Autocar.
“We will bring in new technology, have performance from our F1 team integrated into the business, and continue the great luxury [of cars today].”
In addition to replacements for the current Vantage, DB11 and DBS and their convertible variants – bringing the tally to six – Aston Martin hinted at a model that would be “above GT”.
“We’ve created a new sector above GT,” he said. “A true high level of luxury with a high level of performance. Something new.”
Such a model could be a variant of one of these existing lines.
Mr Stroll also confirmed the company is on track to launch its first electric car in 2025, with more details to be revealed at its capital markets day.
“The software components have been decided, [and it will be done] mostly in house. We’ve hired several hundred people and brought lots of competency in house. It still has to be an Aston Martin experience with EV,” said Mr Stroll.
The automaker will also grow its mid-engined line-up beyond the Valkyrie and hybrid Valhalla.