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The Vantage is a little bit more expensive than the AMG GT, but it shares its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, producing 510 HP and 505 lb-ft of torque.

"A true sports auto with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for".

Aston Martin says that the goals of the auto were reliability and ease of control on the limit, boosting its usability for so-called "gentleman racers" in the amateur GTE-Am class.

Aston Martin have said that they will start deliveries of their new Vantage in the second quarter of 2018. pricing for the auto will start at £120,900 in the United Kingdom, €154,000 in Europe and $149,995 in the US.

Aston's race arm claims that reliability has been exceptional straight out of the box, while team drivers have reported the auto is easier to control on the limit than its predecessor - the latter will make the Vantage GTE attractive to competitors in the GTE Am class, where top-level amateurs race alongside pro teammates.

Aston Martin confirmed at the launch it would be switching tyre supplier for the 2018 season, ditching Dunlop in favour of Michelin, as well as announcing Formula E racer Lynn as the latest member of its line-up.

Lynn joins the existing four-driver roster of Darren Turner, Jonny Adam, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen, with further announcements set to follow.

"Designing and developing this new vehicle has been an extremely satisfying process", Sayers says.

David King, president of Aston Martin Racing, said: "Motorsport is fundamental to the DNA of Aston Martin and our commitment to the FIA World Endurance Championship is stronger than ever".

The said Green Hell adventure saw an Aston Martin V12 Vantage breaking down while flying on the Nordschleife. We've spent every second optimising the design right until the build of our test auto, which has paid dividends during our current testing schedule.

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