2009 Aston Martin Vantage V8 |MotorWeek

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Aston Martin Vantage

Episode 2805

Before Bond drove on screen in a Aston Martin DB5, few knew of this venerable Marque. But since that screen debut, a lot of intrigue has the brand itself, being twice, before ending up Ford and now back as a stand car maker. But, thanks to Aston Martin escaped turmoil with their cars ever.

And this we test their latest the Vantage V8.

The 2009 Aston Vantage V8 is the “Brit” brand’s level car. Of course in the of Aston Martin, entry still means a solid price tag. But you don’t to break the bank at Monte to recognize the sheer beauty and of our test Vantage Coupe, and its Roadster.

Unchanged from its 2005 are the sleek, distinctive lines epitomize understated English and sophistication; from the traditional grille, to the slick upswept

But, beneath its lightweight composite and magnesium skin one of many technical upgrades for a bored and stroked, Jaguar twin-cam 32-valve V8. At 4.7-liters, it is to Aston, pumping out 420 horsepower and 346 of torque.

That’s 40 horses and 44 pound-feet than the previous 4.3-liter.

To that power, the Vantage a revised 6-speed manual lower mass flywheel, or our car’s Sportshift, which the same rear transaxle but an automatic clutch. Along “comfort” and “sport” throttle new Sportshift software uses and other inputs to determine to shift in fast corners and on or just hold the current

The extra power and trick allows the 3,595 pound to hit 60 in a rapid 4.7 seconds. The Sportshift’s show comes in “sport with “comfort” gearchanges on the side.

But the Vantage V8 really comes when the road become The Coupe has a reworked suspension, stiffer springs and new Bilstein Some beefier parts the Roadster were also

The result is a grand touring that delivers a true car experience.

Wheels are new design 20-spoke alloys. Lighter wheels with even shocks and revised rear bar are part of the optional Sports But, be prepared for a race ready ride.

Even in wet and weather appropriate to its English our standard fitment Vantage V8 to be both comfortable and remarkably footed. The standard electronic control and traction control wheel spin without on the driving experience. Revised bushings help deliver steering as well.

Like other Astons we driven there is a touch of push on corner entry, but a of the throttle restores the superb While a stab of the brake delivers serious deceleration, plenty of feedback from the front discs and radial 4-piston calipers.

The one wrinkle in performance is in fuel economy. fuel economy ratings are 13 highway on premium gas. We 13.6 miles-per gallon.

So drivers are advised to steer of Sierra Club meetings.

Aston Martin Vantage

But while unmistakable looks and are integral parts of the Aston a healthy dose of interior is also important.

The low roof and means that entry for the or wide requires a bit of acrobatics. But in the twin leather buckets, all of our found superb support and haul comfort.

A redesigned dash, now largely shared the DB9, presents a more control layout. It centers on a for the new glass and stainless steel ECU ignition key.

Naturally are plenty of goodies like climate controls, a somewhat satellite navigation system, a pen holder – but only luggage space for a weekend a mere 5.0 cubic feet.

Still that’s big enough to $119,500 dollars in winnings, is the Vantage V8 Coupe’s base The Roadster starts at $132,500. the sky is the limit with options, so win

And finally, yes, driving the V8 makes you almost feel 007. That is invincible, and by all. But, at least, the car is no

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Engine: 32-valve V8

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