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Vantage S now has the pace to match its grace, and becomes Aston’s best car in the process

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The Aston Martin Vantage has an abundance of soul, and decent ability with it

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11 March 2011

[quote Autocar]

What is it?


On the surface the Vantage S appears to be little more than a slightly pokier, slightly quicker version of the already excellent V8. Not that there would be an awful lot wrong with that; the Vantage is already one of the most handsome coupes money can buy, after all, with a range of dynamic abilities that has got better and better over the years.


In reality, though, the new £102,500, 430bhp Vantage S is more than just a logical progression of the species. As Dr B...Read the full article

[/quote] "One of the most charming sports cars you'll ever drive" I wish! To think that when the recession hit I could have an Aston almost like this for £6000 more than a nice 3 Series, I fear I'll never drive an Aston, and I know I missing out. Whenever one passes me on a dual carriage-way I always drop the window to hear the howling V8 (or V12). Looks good in blue, and pretty much any colour come to that!

11 March 2011

Want, don't think this would be that easy to justify against the more powerful Jag though - not that I am going to have to make that choice in the foreseeable future... Autocar may like to edit its title lest we think this is a 4.3 litre car.

11 March 2011

Ditto, this is surely an upgrade on the 4.7 litre engine?

I'd have one of these over a Porker any day, though id definitely test drive the XKR-S before making the final decision.

11 March 2011

When Ulrich Bez took over at Aston Martin he made a statement to the effect that he wanted to make Aston Martin as sort of British Porsche.

Considering the evolution concept he is using on all of his cars...

Autocar:"is more than just a logical progression of the species. As Dr Bez himself admits: “We do not need a revolution at Aston Martin right now.”"

..... he certainly seems to be doing just that.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 March 2011

Not that I want to dampen the new Aston as it sounds like a brilliant car- but anyone feel slightly put out these days by car makers providing paddle shift gearboxes on performance cars (or hot hatches for that matter) with no option for the good old manual box with three pedals?

I know that it is becoming the way of the world and it is making the abilities of certain cars more accessible to the less skilled driver - but somehow there's a lot of satisfaction to be gained from those occasions when you get a sequence of heel and toe down shifts just right.

jer

11 March 2011

I'd love one. Brings enough intangible benefits to make up for being not as fast round a track as the Porsche.

The running costs will always make these the choice of the city banker, successful estate agent etc. No sign of fixed price servicing!

11 March 2011

I wasn't aware the Vantage's transmission needed refining. Anybody own one and can elaborate?

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11 March 2011

[quote TegTypeR]

When Ulrich Bez took over at Aston Martin he made a statement to the effect that he wanted to make Aston Martin as sort of British Porsche.

Considering the evolution concept he is using on all of his cars...

Autocar:"is more than just a logical progression of the species. As Dr Bez himself admits: “We do not need a revolution at Aston Martin right now.”"

..... he certainly seems to be doing just that

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“We do not need a revolution at Aston Martin right now.”

More like: “We cannot afford a revolution at Aston Martin right now.”

11 March 2011

Interesting to compare the reviews on this car between Autocar and CAR on the web this morning. The CAR review was positive although far less gushing than the Autocar one. Will be interested to read the EVO review when that comes up...

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