2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Road Test |CarAdvice

28 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Road Test |CarAdvice

Xenon (HID) headlights:

Bluetooth phone: $1,380

Control: $825

Auto-dimming vision mirror: $265

seats: $825

Alarm (volumetric tilt sensors)

Recommended Retail Price:

Price as Tested: $275,290 – than paint and wheels, I do think that the rest of the options have no right to be such.

Where it sits: The V8 is the baby of the Aston Martin It’s also the most and offers a truly viable to Porsche’s 911. The Sportshift is an automated manual transmission allows super-fast automatic or manual shifting via paddles.

been introduced into the model range to attract new to the brand.

As Motoring journalists we get each car we test for a week. automotive exotica such as Martin and Lamborghini – you’re if you get the keys for a day, if at all!

When the man from Aston said we could have the V8 Vantage with the new Sportshift for a few days, we couldn’t hit the eject fast enough. Alborz in from Brisbane and Paul Melbourne, armed to the teeth camera and video gear.

Martin calls the V8 Vantage world’s most desirable car,” that’s no sales just indisputable fact. It matter what angle you to view the Vantage from, the the side or front on, the styling is …, Oh My God.

Our test car was I’d call an unusual colour, at for an Aston. Morning Frost with a Bitter Chocolate What set the car off though, was a set of 19-inch Anthracite wheels.


The V8 is a muscular car by nature, but in this combination – it looked as if UK based tuning company, Masonry, had it up.

If I won Lotto and won it big – there are several I’d need to purchase before the A Porsche Turbo or GT2, 430 Scuderia, Audi RS4, etc. But none of them been blessed with the form of an Aston Martin V8 .

It is truly a work of art.

If you scratching the car was what we were about, think again. we were handed the keys, a 20 rundown was required so we could the gearbox to its full potential.

One thing we were told on occasions was that it was not an automatic in fact, we were to treat it a conventional manual gearbox.

meant that whenever the pedal was released, the car would the clutch to move the vehicle this wasn#8217;t an issue on roads, but sitting on a hill, care was taken to avoid issues.

We were also with Hypershifting. Introduce the to the floor and the car shifts gears at its potential. Shifts occur at 7,000RPM in less than and acceleration feels ballistic to say the least.

After becoming with the car and its delicacies, we hit the highway to see how behaved the V8 Vantage was. sports suspension, the V8 Vantage’s at highway speeds was remarkable. and abrasions in the road were up with little fuss, the sports seats offered support and comfort.

The gearbox a somewhat love-hate relationship trying to drive under conditions. During hard it would shift with brutality and slam through with no relent. But, slow speed manoeuvres – as parallel parking and reversing – it to be quite a pain.

Initially it as though too much thought was to drive the car, but by the end of it, we realised the of patience. It seemed the more we the Vantage, the more we understood the

If Hypershifting isn#8217;t your cup of you can switch to the manual mode – via the steering wheel mounted shifters – and the V8 Vantage turns a totally different machine.

are almost instantaneous and throttle sharp. Grab the small, oriented steering wheel and the moulds into one of a true car nature.

Our test bed was a private nested within a spectacular forest. Come into a bend at speed and the feedback the steering wheel mimics of a go-kart – direct, tight and

A tight steering ratio that only small inputs are required to twist the front end, while stabs of the paddle shifters the gearbox.

Driving the Vantage a whole list of emotions, is one of them. This car defies the of physics. No corner, no bend, feels untameable in this.

You can all you want, but there is still left.

Body roll is non-existent, no matter how hard you the car into a corner, the body … flat and composed. from the 19” Bridgestone Potenza tyres is exceptional. Even full throttle acceleration, is maintained.

The slotted front and rotors maintain braking even after torturous and applications. Spacing between the and accelerator pedals allows for foot braking, along enough room to rest during highway cruising.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

One we encountered during driving was the of the key and key fob. The knees of all three continuously made contact regular driving, which a bit frustrating after some

On a slightly more embarrassing we spent no less than 10 at the service station looking for the cap release. Hidden away on the hand side of the driver’s well, the tiny button us for some time until it was

No doubt one of the V8 Vantage’s most features has to be the sound track exits the rear pipes. At the V8 Vantage alters its persona in an Keep the throttle buried and the will simply tear ear

Bystanders look on in utter (and at some points, as you nail the throttle past This has to be one of the loudest cars on at the moment. It literally hurts ears (in the best way imaginable) the V8 Vantage tears past of 4,000RPM.

Under the bonnet, a V8 sends power through the treads via a 6-speed clutch-less transmission. The engine produces 283kW (around 380Bhp in the old and 410Nm of torque. 0-100km/h is in 5 seconds flat.

For so long the 911 has held the crown of the perfect track car, and while may true in many regards, the betters it with style and a of exclusivity.

Unlike the DB9 – the Vantage is a two-seater. The low slung body its wide track, sitting on 275/19’s Bridgestone Potenzas, hard-core and all business.

For a minute there I was thinking why not four exhaust tips of two before I slapped some into myself and agreed two is perfect!

And if we thought it couldn’t get any in the looks department, we thought Switch on the parking lights, and a row of brilliant white LED’s alive down the side of front headlight assembly. It positively alien, as the sun starts to into darkness.

Aston can stir one’s soul maybe only a Ferrari can do. then, Aston has about 30 on the Italian marque.

After two of intensive driving and camera with the Aston – we pulled that famous Sydney joint close to the Tom Ugly#8217;s to refuel. A well dressed parked his Alfa 159 and wanted to if it was a DB9 we stepped out of – “no mate – it’s a V8 He then replied in a rather tone, “I’ll have to get one

I’m sure he thought the Alfa was a looking car, that is, he laid eyes on the Vantage. is the desire for this car.

never considered myself odd in any but I found myself in the garage times late at night, soaking up the lines on the V8, much those admiring artwork in a It’s a damn shame it had to the garage though!

Inside the Vantage it’s DB9. The superb hand-trimmed seats (these have to as the world’s most comfortable pews) are near identical to its big as is much of the truly bespoke fit-out.

The detail in this machine is extraordinary.

The cut glass button and aluminium crafted air con are testament to the fact that Martin has successfully married old quality with new world and technology. You won’t find any on the assembly floor at Gaydon. Not a

As serious a sports car as the Vantage is, a reasonable degree of practicality Thanks to the rear hatch a full 300-litres of luggage behind the front seats weekends away are more comfortable.

MY08 cars are about eight weeks will have some additions to the standard fit out and include; New armrest with cubby iPod/MP3/USB direct connection audio system and steering audio controls. However, a new (via phone book not system will again be on the Vantage.

The roof-mounted antenna be replaced by a windscreen mounted version and the passenger seat get height adjustment in the new car.

hard enough, and the V8 Vantage can you to places where only dare tread. Such is the balance and rigidity built the car. It’s every bit as as we had hoped for.”

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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