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Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Verdict

Is this the best ever? Just maybe. By a mighty 6.0-litre V12 engine its petite Vantage, the company has a car few machines can rival for character and appeal. The £135,000 model is well engineered, and a treat to time in.

Squeezing into the driver’s seat is no mean but immensely rewarding. And we can’t of anything with a better note!

Big engine, small car – is the ultimate go-fast formula it comes to building supercars, and one given us some famous

The AC Cobra, the stunning Bugatti and even the original McLaren F1 all that special balance engine size and overall So, is Aston Martin’s new V12 Vantage to join this small, club?

On paper, you’d think so! At 4,382mm long, the V12 is about the same length as a Focus. Yet squeezed under the heavily vented bonnet is the 6.0-litre V12 that debuted in the DBS.

It delivers 510bhp and of torque – enough to slingshot the from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a top of 190mph.

The big question is, what’s the car like to Predictably, first impressions are by the engine, which is hard to Although the drama builds as you into the figure-hugging, optional shell seats fitted to our the V12 is the undoubted star of the show.

the moment you get behind the wheel and the sapphire-tipped key into the dash, the engine note fills the with a deep, purposeful

Throttle travel is long, and the surprisingly light and easy to As a result, getting the car off the line be easier. In fact, it’s so you barely need to touch the to start the Vantage rolling.

Steering is weighty, and has a meaty, feel, which is enhanced by the slim, Alcantara-trimmed wheel. But as you out on to the open road, the V12 serves up its surprise.

Power delivery is gearchanges are slick and the ride is supple. Obviously, with all the of the engine up front (the V12 is heavier than the 4.7-litre the ride is still firm – but not crashy like some including the Porsche 911 GT2. For aural thrills, hit the sport located in front of the gearlever.

This sharpens throttle and makes the exhausts even by opening the baffles.

Over winding roads, these traits combine to create a car not just fun to drive, but immensely as well. At full throttle, the demands fluid, measured from the driver. However, it devastatingly fast point to not least because of the gargantuan of thrust on offer under the combined with the incredibly Pirelli tyres.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

The final gold star has to go to the ceramic brakes. As well as light, they provide stopping power – exactly you need to build the confidence to the very most of this impressive potential. Looks the big engine, small car club got a thrilling new member.

Rival: 911 GT2

The ultimate 911 is faster in a straight than the mighty Aston – 0-60mph in a blistering 3.7 seconds. Its is competent, but clinical compared to the

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by Head1ess on Sat, 2010-08-14

Prodrive have pushed the and made the best Aston in my book.

The vantages looks always been show now it has the weaponry to back them up.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin V12 Vantage

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