Powered by a 503hp 4.0L twin-turbo V8, it's a lighter, more-focused vehicle than the related DB11, which first saw daylight in 2016.

The Vantage is the company's entry-level car—although this is Aston Martin we're talking about, so "entry-level" means $150,000.

But just based on these photographs, plus my experience of the new DB11—by a quirk of fate, you'll be able to read about that vehicle tomorrow—the Vantage will almost certainly justify that price tag.

Until then, "Vantage" had been a label tagged onto especially fast versions of other Aston Martins, like the 550hp, twin-supercharged evolution of the hand-built Chesterfield sofa-on-wheels that was the 1990s-era Virage.

A lighter, more nimble Aston Martin turned out to be a big hit with both V8 and later V12 power, and more than 21,500 were sold, making it the best-selling vehicle in the company's 104-year history.

The new Vantage is definitely a compact package; it's 11 inches (284mm) shorter than the DB11, and it manages to take up less room on the road than even a Porsche 911.

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