AMG’s V-8 engine will add 128 horsepower to the “regular” Vantage, which will be rebuilt for 2025. This will bring the total to 656. The outside hasn’t changed much, but the inside has a tablet to make it more modern. The delivery is set to begin in the second quarter of 2024 and will cost around $190,000. When famous models get makeovers in middle age, the changes are usually small. It’s not true for the 2025 Aston Martin Vantage, though. The Vantage’s body didn’t change much in terms of how it looks, but the inside is totally new, and it has a lot more power. The old Vantage that was dressed up as an F1 Edition had a V-8 engine that could make up to 528 horsepower. With 656 horsepower, the new Vantage is faster and more powerful than cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT63 and Porsche 911 Turbo S. A brand-new infotainment system, better active handling, and a stronger body structure are some of the other improvements. The updated car is still called the Vantage, even though we know that the name was thought about being changed. However, people who work at Aston say that the changes are even bigger than the ones that made the DB11 into the DB12. We don’t mind that the old Vantage hasn’t had many cosmetic changes made to it; it was already a nice-looking car. The bumper and sides have been changed to make room for the standard LED headlights, and the radiator grille has been made much bigger. Form and function work together to improve the space, which lets 50% more air reach the new car’s radiators. This means that the new Vantage should be able to do the job of its predecessor as a Formula 1 safety car without needing extra cooling. This makes sense because Aston is very involved with the sport. The new Vantage comes with 22-inch forged metal wheels and bigger tires that fill the arches. This makes the body an extra inch wider. From the side, you can tell it’s an Aston by the DB12-style vents that are mounted behind the wheel arches. The flush-fitted door handles will now open instantly when the car stops and the key is found. It’s still structural that the lower sill cover is there, not for looks, but you can now order it in carbon fiber. The only major changes to the back design are the larger-diameter quad exhaust tailpipes and the small vents built into the bumper. Bigger changes were made inside the Vantage’s cabin, where they were needed the most. The center console of the new car has been remade to rise at a shallow angle to a new touch-sensitive infotainment screen that looks a lot like the one in the DB12. The hardware in both cars is the same. The three-part digital dashboard with a rev clock in the middle of the old Vantage has been replaced by a single display for the instruments. A small problem, similar to the DB12, is that it doesn’t have any PRND transmission control buttons, which were unique to the Estonian line. In their place is a short, small gear selection for the standard automatic transmission. Besides that, after giving it a close inspection, the new car was much better in terms of both style and comfort. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine in the new Vantage is similar to the one in the old car in terms of form, displacement, and AMG lineage. Like the DB12, it has had many changes made to its internal performance, such as new turbos, a completely redesigned top end, and much better cooling. Peak power has grown to 590 pound-feet and is now available from 2750 to 6000 rpm. This is 85 pound-feet more than the Vantage F1 Edition. The usual ZF eight-speed automatic transmission’s final-drive ratio can be lowered to make the acceleration even better. (I’m sorry, but there will never be a manual choice.) The new car won’t hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, as Aston claims. The F1 Edition broke the record in 3.5 seconds with 158 fewer horsepower. It’s said to go as fast as 202 mph. Under the surface, the Vantage’s body structure has become stiffer thanks to extra reinforcements. The difference is said to be 7% overall, but it is much higher in key areas near where the suspension connects. Adaptive dampers will come as standard, and they will let you change the force over a much wider range than the last generation. People will be able to pick brakes made of cast iron or carbon ceramic. The old Vantage had different control switches for the chassis and powerplant settings, but the new one has a single controller for everything. You can change the settings for the engine, the dampers, and the power steering. You can also change five sporty modes for the torque-biasing rear differential’s electrically controlled responses. Wet, Sport, Sport Plus, Track, and Individual are the modes. Simon Newton, Aston’s head of vehicle performance, tells C/D that drivability is very important because of how much power is going through a single axle. A new six-axis gyroscope and faster-acting software make it possible for stability control to act more quickly and gradually. There will be a customizable traction control system to help the driver keep control when the back tires are pushed past their limits. Price hikes are meant to match improvements in performance. The new Vantage is expected to cost around $190,000, which is more than $20,000 more than the old Vantage F1 Edition. The price has yet to be set. In the second quarter of this year, customer deliveries are set to begin.