Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage: A New Direction - Chassis And Body Structure | Part Two

Chassis And Body Structure

The AMV8 Vantage is the first model to use Aston Martin’s unique VH Platform Strategy (Vertical/Horizontal), which will form the basis for all future Aston Martin models.

“Much of the technology that has been developed from the Aston Martin Vanquish will be adopted for the production AMV8 Vantage,“ said Jeremy Main, Director of Product Development for Aston Martin. “It has a unique body and chassis constructed from aluminium and composites, AMV8 Vantage is a very advanced sports car offering high degrees of engineering efficiencies, structural integrity and torsional rigidity.”

Styling

Visually stunning, the look of AMV8 Vantage is very much of a modern Aston Martin. However, like all Aston Martin models there are subtle lines and embellishments that help create a powerful-looking sports car. In fact the design brief was to make the car look like a muscular athlete wearing a tailor-made suit.

From the exterior, AMV8 Vantage is striking and perfectly proportioned from every angle. Each carefully detailed feature provides graphic evidence of the painstaking craftsmanship and quality, which are synonymous with the Aston Martin marque. Adamant that AMV8 Vantage should not be a pastiche of retrospect design, Henrik Fisker created a pure, elegant and classic body that reflects the heritage and tradition of the Aston Martin brand.

The long bonnet (hood) and two-seater cabin create an instantly recognisable stance, while minimal front and rear overhangs, combined with a wide track, appear to push the rear wheels out and enhance the extremities of the bodywork.

“AMV8 Vantage features many of the design cues that have become the basic DNA for all Aston Martin models,” said Henrik Fisker. “It was important to ensure that the car’s design was pure, clean and modern, while at the same time you should be able to put your hand over the front nose badge and still recognise the car as an Aston Martin.”

Interior

One area that has received considerable development is the AMV8 Vantage’s cabin design. Great effort has been made to ensure that everything the driver and passenger touch is bespoke and Aston Martin unique. This is something also that will be carried over into the production car.

The AMV8 Vantage features a host of switch gears, which perhaps owe more to the styling cues of premium watch design and prestigious home entertainment systems than from car instrumentation. Finished in an imaginative combination of different leathers and anodised aluminium, customers will be offered an infinite choice of body colours and upholstery schemes as well as the option of being able to request different materials.

“From the outset, the look, feel and functionality of the interior was a key priority,” said Henrik Fisker. “Aston Martin is taking a new direction in its approach to design. We wanted to ensure the AMV8 Vantage reflected the new direction that Aston Martin is now taking – modern, advanced technology but above all Aston Martin design.”

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Published 7 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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