New Aston Martin Vantage arrives in Australia, priced from $299,950

The new Aston Martin Vantage has touched down in Australian and New Zealand showrooms, with a special event held in Queenstown, New Zealand, to mark the occasion.

Aston revealed the new model in November last year, sporting a gorgeous design while debuting a Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. It’s the first turbocharged Vantage, producing 375kW and 685Nm. This level of output is enough to see 0-100km/h done and dusted in just 3.6 seconds.

The new model uses a ZF-based automatic transmission mounted at the rear helping to provide a 50:50 weight distribution, with rear-wheel drive for added driving enjoyment. It also features torque-vectoring technology and comes with speed-sensitive electric power steering. Speaking about the local arrival, Kevin Wall, regional manager for Australia and New Zealand, said:

“Vantage is a truly exceptional car and we were thrilled to officially debut it in stunning Queenstown. With its stunning new design and dynamic handling, we’re seeing strong interest in Vantage in Australia and New Zealand. Now that dealer demonstrators are arriving into dealerships around ANZ and customers are able to experience Vantage on their local roads, we are already seeing further strong interest in this model.”

Aston Martin is planning a number of new models for the near future as part of its ‘Second Century Plan’. This will include the launch of an all-new SUV, dubbed the Varekai. Until the SUV comes along in 2019, the Vantage is expected to be the company’s best-selling model. During 2017, Aston Martin sold 144 vehicles in Australia (specific models aren’t detailed), which was up 25.2 per cent on 2016 efforts. So far this year (through July) the local arm has sold 80 vehicles, down 8.0 per cent year-to-date.

Prices for the new Vantage start from $299,950 in Australia, and from $249,000 in New Zealand. Examples have already started arriving in showrooms in Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and in New Zealand.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.