Dynamic advantages of modern design
Mark Smyth spoke to Sam Holgate, exterior designer of the new Aston Martin Vantage
We’ve driven the new Aston Vantage and it is a very different car to the various generations of Vantage that preceded it. That’s all I can tell you because we are subject to an international embargo on our impressions of the drive in Portugal a couple of weeks ago until 1.01am on April 11. So be sure to get Motor News on April 12 for our full story. It will be worth the read, especially if this is the Aston you’ve been waiting for. What we can tell you, though, is that we had a long chat with the strategic design manager for the exterior of the latest Vantage, Sam Holgate, and it’s a story that partly began with the DB10 that was created initially for the James Bond movie Spectre. Twenty models were produced, making them instant collectors’ items but it is the design of the DB10 that really stands out for heralding a new era for the British marque. Early sketch The new Vantage was already in the design phase with the early product code CC100, with the first clay model having been pr...