For something based on a car that has been on sale for more than a decade, the Vantage GT8 sets a remarkably high dynamic standard here.
In one way, its age works in its favour. Were it brand new, it would probably have electromechanical steering. But its hydraulic steering is instead quite brilliantly feelsome, wonderfully weighty and honest to a fault.
Neither does it have much truck with the current vogue for darting directness. There are 2.7 turns between locks, which grants the mechanical advantage to allow Aston to filter through so much contact patch feel without worrying about excessive weight and has also allowed it to be aggressive with the GT8’s front wheel angles without too much fear of steering kickback.
On the road, the GT8 doesn’t ride like a Aston Martin DB11, and nor should it. Aston’s stiffened tune leaves some room for compliance, though, and feels stiffer of damper than of spring, making the suspension work better over bumps as your pace increases.
When you want to use the car as a grand tourer, you have little reason to question its suitability – provided you remember your earplugs.