2014 Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Review – The Car Guide

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Pity the Martin Vantage V8. It is neither as as its four-door sibling, the Rapide S, or as as the top-of-the-range, 565 horsepower Vanquish. It has the Vanquish’s melodious V12 nor the Rapide’s adaptive suspension.

In short, it is the entry to the rich world of leather and ripping exhaust that is the storied English And yet. it is as … as a strutting Secret lingerie model AU-299-105 on page 23 of the spring offers an apt reference) and more sporty enough to satisfy the basic of carnal, er I should vehicular urges.

There may be less cylinders than in the DB9 or the S, but 420 ponies (ironically, the same generated by the first iteration of V12 when it debuted in the 2001 is hardly to be sneezed at. Indeed, 420 ponies scamper the Vantage to the 4.7 second zero to 100 kilometres an acceleration time as the 550-hp S, thanks mainly to its lesser kilogram curb weight 360 kilos less than the It’s also helped by the of a six-speed manual transmission or a new manumatic, neither available in the Rapide or the DB9.

Nor is the exhaust note truly Indeed, as far as V8s go, it sounds quite the 4.7-litre bridging the gap between muscle and European sophistication. in isolation, the V8 sounds glorious, after sampling the company’s V12 in sport mode, it is indeed

Helping resolve that is S version of the Vantage that out an extra 10 ponies (for a of 430-hp). That may not sound much but to show how close to the Aston Martin is willing to its engines, director of global development, Ian Minards, notes to eke the S’s 10 extra horses, the 4.7-litre V8 has had its timing advanced to within a of piston-destroying detonation. Not only Aston imbues the S with a (that should be read exhaust system and then the V8 to a semi-stratospheric 7,300 rpm, the limit for piston reliability the rev limiter cuts in, hard) and lower-end oil flow.

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Aston’s V8 definitely likes to be fast. The Vantage S’s 361 pound-feet of only arrives at 5,000 rpm although Aston claims 76 percent of that figure is as low as 1,500 rpm, maximum still requires high (unlike Aston’s 6.0L V12 is a veritable torque monster) and rowing of the aforementioned seven-speed automated manual gearbox.

the paddles fast enough, and the Vantage S will scoot to 100 an hour in about 4.5 seconds 0.3 seconds behind the V12 Vantage). may not sound exactly Porsche-crushing, but the Vantage benefits from the tractive abilities of all-wheel-drive nor the 911 computer-controlled “Launch” mode. no mistake about it; the Vantage S fast.

Both Vantage and Vantage S also untwist curves alacrity. Unlike the more DB models which sport suspensions, the Vantage has non-adjustable absorbers. But, said is calibrated firmly indeed and minimal body roll, when hustling around a

The ultra-sticky Bridgestone Potenza – to 245/40 front and 285/35 — offer incredible traction along with the quicker-steering box (15.0:1 ratio rather the previous 17.0:1), the revised does allow controlled of both front and rear at least when the traction is switched off.

The Vantage’s significant fault is the aforementioned electronically-controlled manual transmission. most such automated which feature twin the Graziano (of Turin, Italy who build the new McLaren MP4-12C’s built gearbox uses but a clutch. On the racetrack its shifts are speedy, at least when in “sport” mode.

But, on the road, like such single clutch (such as the pre-2014 Audi there’s a noticeable hesitation shifting. It’s better the six-speed it replaces, but in “automatic” the Sportshift II is balky. In normal I almost always used the the automatic setup simply too distracting.

According to Minards, chose this particular (mounted in the rear where the resides) because the dual-clutch was too heavy — 50 kilograms more Minards — and too large to fit into the chassis.

But it is the Vantage V8’s only wrong. As the lesser Aston, it is not so beaten by its rivals as overshadowed by its A Cayman R will pretty satisfy anyone’s Porsche as well as a 911, but the gap between a V8 and a V12 Vanquish is far more noticeable.

Of the former costs $124,289 S model starts at $139,038) the latter rings in at almost 300 a difference sufficient, I suspect, to many a bruised ego.

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