Aston Martin DB7 vs. BMW Z8, Ferrari 360 Spider – Comparison Tests

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Aston Martin DB7 vs. BMW Z8, Ferrari 360

The Princes of Performance: Wind in hair, and an awful lot of horses at command, make these exotics the royalty of the road.

is not your routine Car and Driver test. To just get our hands on three cars at the same — Ferrari’s new 360 Spider F1 and an Martin DB7 Vantage Volante and a BMW Z8 we had to go a little out of our way — to Italy. Not Italy, but to the ancient Grand racetrack at Monza, where we gather the hard performance without attracting unwanted from the carabinieri.

Ah, Monza, of the Autodromo Nazionale, the oldest Prix track. It still the shape of the 1922 original. of the corners have been and several chicanes have added to slow the modern but with almost spooky it’s the same circuit has been the scene of 65 Grands There is a 3.6-mile oval of the track that is no longer in and it is banked so steeply — 38 — that you can’t up it. The oval was last used in the Grand Prix of 1961, and it the times at Monza faster than at Spa or Reims. The rough banking is still there, decaying as it is slowly reclaimed by

This great racing was also the undoing of drivers Peterson, Jochen Rindt, von Trips (and 14 spectators), and Ascari, all of whom … in there. You can’t drive narrow ribbon of blacktop, through famous corners the exotic names of Lesmo, Grande, Variante Ascari, and or walk the old pits, where John Frankenheimer filmed of the ’66 movie Grand without sensing the ghosts haunt this place. weekends, before the racing starts in March, it’s to the public. Bring a car, over 50,000 lira and it’s yours for 30 minutes of driving.

After our testing at Monza, we lit out the straight roads of the Po Plain and the A26 autostrada that for a while a 150-mph cruising speed, winds through mountains to the city of Genoa, through after tunnel running above the Mediterranean coast. And we headed inland again, up the Passo della Cisa, on October 5, 1919, a young Ferrari finished fourth in in his first motor-racing event, the di Berceto, a local hill-climb, in a CMN. Add fine food and the excitement generated by our convoy of as we passed through villages, and this was no ordinary comparison.

These cars, brilliant in all the stuff — performance, driving pleasure, and (mostly) — deliver almost poor fuel mileage. In a where high-octane runs $5 a gallon, low-to-mid-teens consumption your wallet in a hurry. And if you’re willing to ignore the costs, you can’t begin to the twilight zone in any of the trio putting your license at


All three exotics also an exceptional level of packaging The V-12 Aston Martin well over 4000 In fact, a 2400-pound Mazda offers pretty much the alfresco motoring on winding and provides the same level of factor. And it costs a fraction of the 360 Spider F1’s $176,512, more than 10 grand for the gearbox. Or the Aston’s $159,732 price, or the BMW’s $134,455, the gas-guzzler and luxury taxes.

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And yet we love them all.

is precious metal, the only sporting convertibles on offer to or old-money millionaires, discounting the SL600 Mercedes-Benz and the way-over-the-top Azure. They are, everything else, automotive bought not because the 360 Spider marginally more lateral than the Aston does, but on subjective grounds. Hell, at rarefied level, you buy the Aston because none of the neighbors’ houses a DB7 Volante. Emotions run

We immediately discovered, upon them together for their collective public outing, these are very different animals, their characters mimicking the national personalities of countries of origin. The Ferrari is passionate, arousing the body’s sense. The BMW is beautifully finished, as of body as it is strong of engine. The Martin is reserved, tailored, in clublike leather and wood, and it the passenger almost as much as the

As always, we’ve ranked the and emerged with a clear — no prize for guessing, as we in Italy, after all — but the personalities of these cars they transcend objectivity. perfectly understand why you’d to buy any one of this gorgeous threesome.

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