2018 Aston Martin Vantage with controversial new look

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Move over V12s, something major is coming to the cars of tomorrow.

Aston Martin, that maker of awesome-looking convertibles, unveiled its final V12-powered Vantage of the present day on Thursday. In fact, it’s the last of the ever-extending 2017 Vantage (which doesn’t have a V12 engine), and we won’t see it on the show circuit for a few more years, probably at the Paris Auto Show in 2019.

The new Vantage is based on the development that helped yield the aforementioned late 2019 Vantage, and it’s just about the most functional, eye-catching front-end from Aston Martin in quite some time. It still has the heavily-diamonded tail lamps found on the DB11 coupe, but there’s a larger vertical fascia and a roof spoiler. While we’re not certain this version will stay based on the Vantage, we sure like the chiseled look.

Inside, the Vantage borrows design cues from the Vision Concept shown at the 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show, while keeping the vast, three-spoke wheels that are introduced to the DB11 next year. Standard are adaptive LED headlights and a soft-close, wide rear hatch with “noise-reducing glass,” Aston Martin says. Other interior aesthetics will be inspired by this year’s DB11, some of which you can see in the gallery above.

When it’s all said and done, Aston Martin plans to offer around 40 Vantage variants, including ten completely new ones. That number includes both V12 and V8 engines, although we don’t have a specific number on the V8 yet.

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