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  • [SC NEWS] Aston Martin Vantage Launch: Is It A Desirable Aston Martin?

    Aston Martin Jakarta have finally launched the new Vantage for the Indonesian market, and while some like it, others find it a bit…odd, to say the least. Let’s take a look.

    We’ll start with the statistics: the Vantage packs a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine from Mercedes-AMG, and if you guessed it came from the AMG GT, then you’re right. Aston Martin and Mercedes made a deal a few years back where they will share their V8 engine as well as entertainment system. More on that later on.

    The V8 churns out 503 horsepower, which is the same as the AMG GT S model, but while the AMG GT uses a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the Aston Martin comes with an 8-speed ZF gearbox, probably because it allows for an overall smoother ride but with still good and fast enough gear-changes.

    Interestingly, the Vantage will have a 7-speed manual option as well coming in 2019, but we doubt Aston Martin Jakarta will be bringing that here.

    So far sounds promising, you get AMG’s beautiful modern engine but with Aston Martin’s own styling and flare, which brings us to the looks.

    Now, keep in mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in the eye of our Speed Creed crew, the Vantage has it’s flaws. I personally think the front end looks like a bottom-feeder, mostly because of the weird one-piece grille that goes from the top of the bumper to the bottom and widens as it goes lower. It looks like it’s trying to sweep something, almost like a pleco fish, or ‘ikan sapu-sapu’ as Indonesians call it.

    Our president, Mike, as well as Glen meanwhile think the front-end looks good but the side profile is weird, mostly due to that side skirt line that isn’t straight and doesn’t go very well with the car’s side profile. Not to mention the weird side intakes that ruins the sidelines on the body.

    Now, of course beauty is subjective, and while we don’t have any desire to own the Vantage, we asked some sportscar and supercar owners whether they are interested or not in buying the Vantage.

    One prominent Huracan owner gave it a rating of 7 out of 10, saying that the signature color that Aston Martin Jakarta chose to showcase the Vantage was just all wrong, and the styling is just isn’t quite as good as it used to be. There’s something about the car that doesn’t speak “James Bond” like it used to.

    Meanwhile another Lamborghini and Ferrari enthusiast gave it a rating of 6 out of 10, not very good either, and a Ferrari 458 owner we know gave it 6 as well. Ouch. The reason behind this is they say because of the depreciation that Aston Martins go through, they can lose anywhere between 10-20% of their value in a year, and that’s a lot. Also, for the kind of money that they’re asking for the Vantage (which is around 6 – 8 billion IDR, depending on specifications), they can buy a secondhand mid-engine supercar instead, such as a McLaren 650S, rather than a GT car. However, keep in mind that being a GT, the Vantage is more usable to drive on a day-to-day basis.

    That said, we also interviewed a number of sportscar owners as well, and most of them gave it a good rating; one 981 Cayman driver gave it a rating of 8 out of 10 and says it’s worth the price.

    Anyway, while the overall desirability for this car varies, we want you to take a look at the interior, as it is absolutely beautiful. It still has that Aston Martin elegance but with a whiff of youth and sportiness about it. Just look at the air vents and that aggressive looking steering wheel and paddle shifts.

    The digital dashboard is also beautiful to look at, and it still uses buttons for you to choose which gear you want to engage, and as we’ve said before, they’ve partnered with Mercedes for the entertainment system, which is why the button layouts are similar to the AMG GT, and the knob and the trackpad is exactly the same as in any other Merc, which is good because Mercedes knows better than Aston Martin on how to design an entertainment system, but then the Merc system isn’t really as good as BMW’s.

    The new Vantage isn’t really the perfect replacement that we had hoped for, especially since the last Vantage went out with a massive bang with that V12 S version that was just so good. However, the new one still has an amazing looking rear-end – hopefully we’ll get a #DatPantat shot soon – and beautiful interior. That said, its look is not perfect, the brand simply isn’t as powerful as the Italian prancing horse, which also doesn’t help with its terrible depreciation. However, it is a good car should you want to daily drive it, and reviews have said it is by no means a disappointment to drive. Question is, do you want to see this in your driveway?

    So what do you think? Is it desirable? We’re going to introduce the Speed Creed Desirability Rating, where we sum up the total ratings from sportscar and supercar owners on the desirability of new cars that's been recently launched in Indonesia This time, there were a total of six owners that we interviewed, and the average rating was 7.3 out of 10. Would you spend somewhere around 6 billion IDR for an entry level Aston Martin? Let us know in the comments!

    SC Desirability Rating: 7.3 out of 10

    Photos by: Glen Sullivan
    Special thanks to Kevin for helping us with the research.