Aston Martin Vantage S V8 Review | Best MidSize SUV, Car and Supercar 2014

25 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Aston Martin Vantage S V8 Review | Best MidSize SUV, Car and Supercar 2014
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The Aston Martin Vantage S V8 coupe is a more performance-focused car than the usual Vantage, it’s been designed to go toe to toe with harder-edged versions of the Porsche 911, and in mid 2012 received a hefty price cut aimed at making it more competitive against its German rival.

The Aston Martin Vantage S Roadster comes with a six-speed manual. The optional seven-speed single-clutch sportshift robobox is Italian, which doesn’t bode well.

It’s located at the rear, where a short diff helps slice a few tenths off the standard model’s 0-100 number; now 4.5 seconds, it’s still a few tenths slower than the P11 Carrera S with PDK.

Still, the 4.7 pulls from nothing and climbs into truly epic performance from 3000rpm where, in Sport Mode, the note rises from a purr to a full-on muscle-car-style roar. Delicious!

Aston Martin Vantage S Handling

Across the midrange you can feel its 490Nm of torque trying to escape by finding a weak link in the transaxle and breaking it, but the Aston Martin stays tidy and sticks to the bitumen because the traction control is perfectly calibrated.

Around town, though, the transaxle’s bits bang and crash into each other and the clutch can overheat in stop/start traffic, especially if you’re stuck on a hill.

At one stage, in feral afternoon gridlock, I thought the transmission was going to quit and go into self-protection I-won’t-work-until-I-cool-down mode, so I stopped the sports car for five minutes to let it recover.

Take-no-prisoners, non-adjustable suspension; quicker steering; 20 pistons worth of brakes and wider 19s at both ends also give the Aston Martin Vantage S plenty extra bang for the extra $19,336 they’re asking over the base Vantage.

But it’s a small coupe with a beast of a V8 up front, so it should handle and steer like something that’s not particularly well balanced, right?

Surprisingly, no! Most of the V8’s mass sits behind the front axle and the Aston Martin Vantage S’ all up weight is a reasonable 1610kg, so when you line up a set of tight corners it glides through them with exceptional finesse, control and balance.

Some of this is due to the fact that there are several alloy braces bolted to the body, but they do the trick because the Aston Martin Vantage S V8 feels incredibly solid.

Aston Martin Vantage

It steers beautifully and you fell completely connected and in control because the feedback you get from the car is coming through at a million megabits per second.

The ride’s pretty rugged, but the Aston Martin Vantage S makes you feel so good in every other respect that you can forgive the occasional collapsed vertebra.

Inside the Aston Martin Vantage S

Every time you slide into the Aston Martin Vantage S’ perfectly formed, single-piece carbon fiber/Kevlar driver’s seat is an event, because everything you see, every surface you touch and every mechanism you operate has been designed to make you fell special.

Even the sunvisors feel like they cost $100,000 each. The doors open slightly upward and are perfectly counterbalanced, so no effort is required.

At night, the instruments glow with wondrous retro grey lighting, like an old photograph.

OK, so the techno needle goes anti-clockwises and the optional pop-up navigation screen is a jarring intrusion on an otherwise flawless scene, but otherwise you could just sit in this car forever and be very happy

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