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German muscle for Vantage

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With Hamann’s interpretation of the Aston Martin V

With Hamann’s interpretation of the Aston Martin Vantage you get some slick aerodynamic add-ons, a small power increase and horrible multi-spoke mags. Still, it could have been worse, it could have been finished in white…oops.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Aston Martin
Model Vantage
Engine 4.3l, V8
Power 298kW
Famous for its BMW aftermarket packages, Hamann has turned its performance addled attention to Aston Martin’s Vantage.

Hamann has been careful not to reduce the aesthetic balance of the Vantage – arguably one of the most striking cars ever made – to a mismatch of aerodynamic add-ons.

Refining the shape

Side skirts fill out the Hamann Vantage’s flanks, imbuing the car with a lower, ground-hugging profile. Around the shapely rear three-quarter view a curvatious spoiler and three-part rear diffuser ensure rear-axle lift at high speeds is remarkably subdued.

Perhaps the single questionable styling change on the Hamann car are the wheels, rather unoriginally named EDITION RACE forged mags, featuring a varnished rim and titanium bolts.

Typically German aftermarket spec they are simply too busy, spoiling the fluidity of the Vantage’s styling. At least the wheels yield increased dynamic poise, hiding the new springs which drop ride height 20mm front and 30mm at the rear.

Small performance increase

Performance is up incrementally by 15kW to a new peak of 298kW thanks to high-flow performance catalysers and new mufflers.

The new exhaust components are stainless steel and render an even more impressive acoustic soundtrack at full-throttle than the standard Vantage – though purists will always scoff at the use of actuated butterfly valves to replicate the distinctive V8 sound.

Interior trim can be embellished with an aluminium pedal set and individually cut and toned cow-skin.


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