The Aston Martin Vantage
‘Power Beauty Soul’ is what shows up on the dash as you start the engine to this week’s car, the Aston Martin Vantage. A beautiful car that has found the hearts of so many over the years.
The Vantage is an old car now with it first being released in 2005. Sometime within the next year, an all-new one will be released and replace this. In all this time, it is still a stunning car to look at and has not aged one bit in all these years. A timeless classic.
There are two main versions of this car, a V8 and a V12. The V8 is a 4.7L unit and produces 321kW (430bhp) of power and 490Nm of torque. It revs all the way out past 7300rpm. The old V12 engine is naturally aspirated and originally comes from joining two Ford V6 engines together. The size of it is technically 5.9L despite what they say and outputs are 424kW (568bhp) and 630Nm.
Both of these engines are known to make some of the best sounds in the world!
The car itself is Aston’s smallest car measuring in at 4.384m long. That is no bigger than a standard hatchback. Many people were impressed when Aston’s engineers managed to squeeze the V12 engine in the engine bay which ‘only’ a V8 engine usually fits.
There are a few options for transmission – a manual and an auto. Both the models can use the 7-speed auto with paddle shift. The V8 manual is 6-speed and the V12 manual is a 7-speed.
The Manual V12 model is special because it uses a what is called a dogleg style. This is when the gears R, 2, 4, 6 are on the top of the gear stick and gears 1, 3, 5, 7 are on the bottom. This means the most common shift between gears 2 and 3 is much faster as it is straight up and down.
This V12 car is now the last car left in the world that you can have manual transmission connected to a V12 engine. How the times are changing…
What has aged a bit however, is the interior. It is a little bit behind in the times being over 10 years old and the infotainment is pixely, clunky, slow, and not that intuitive in comparison to others. There are also some quirks to the cabin such as the rev counter climbing anti-clockwise and the handbrake next to the driver’s door.
On the inside, almost everything can be customisable between materials and colours. This includes leather or alcantara, to colour and stitching inserts. Carbon fibre bits can also be added to be cooler and lighter along with a range of wheels you can choose from.
There is also very little technology in the car. Just the standard things like traction control, stability control, and antilock brakes. I guess that is what makes it special and unique. Every new car is full of this and that and this car is free of it. However, it will still make you smile as you hop in to the driver’s seat.
If you want to build your own, click here to go to Aston Martin’s configurator.
A roadster version is also available which can be quite special and suit some people if you like the breeze in your hair. For me however, I would take the coupe any day.
Summing up, this car is a special one and one of the top on my list.
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