Test Driven: Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, Al’s Take (GRADE: B) | Mind over Motor

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Test Driven: Aston V8 Vantage S, Al#8217;s Take B)

Las Vegas is a strange place. It was hot outside when I arrived at the on July 5, during the tail-end of a heat wave in the vicinity. I was sweating after just a few in the 100+ degree heat.

signing in and attending the driver#8217;s I chose this Aston as my second car after some in a Mercedes SLS AMG. After out of the SLS, the sweat was replaced by a of confidence.

I drove a total of different cars on this that morning, and of them, Aston was by and large the most I didn#8217;t know what to with this Vantage S my first ever Aston but after I climbed out of the hot seat, I that this entry Aston#8217;s lineup is a lot better people might think.

1: The Looks

Exterior: The V8 Vantage, in so words, is a gorgeous car. The Aston Martin styling shrink to fit this car#8217;s with nary an issue, and in make this car look and aggressive. All of the trademark Aston styling tweaks are certainly with the side vents, eggcrate grille, and swept-back making their presence.

The Vantage S adds a bit more of the to the Vantage#8217;s looks, with a splitter, larger wheels, and a subtle (but noticeable) kit. This car happened to be a crystal gray color, set off a gray interior.

Interior: The itself is a symphony of, again, Martin#8217;s typical lines. is befitting of a nearly 150K car, with good choice throughout the interior. The despite being mounted a bit too low, is a fantastic-looking piece. I to love the stitching on the seats in example.

Seat piping is available, but this car was unfortunately not as such.

Score: 4.0

Part 2: By the

The Aston V8 Vantage S is built in a way of a car that costs $150,000. lines are thin, the parts is solid, and the exterior paint feels nice and even. The metallic paint is evenly and the wheels are sized well. The is, however, a bit of a letdown despite the choice in materials. The clock is too low and the tachometer sweeps in the opposite of pretty much every tachometer in its competitor sports

I#8217;ve also got an issue the position of the HVAC and stereo which should be placed in positions (the stereo is too low and the system is too high). That the choice of materials is solid, the carbon fiber additions in the spitter, crystal grey wheels, and well-applied silver

Score: 3.0

Part 3: At the Helm:

I got on the frankly excellent racetrack, any of my complaints were wiped off the abruptly. This car is far more the whole #8220;entry level#8221; suggests. It accelerates briskly#8211;430hp make a serious difference#8211;and like a blanket being apart by a roaring leopard. The shifts rather well for a gearbox but could have a bit more smoothness.

Past 50MPH and up to 105MPH the fastest I went over the straight), the Vantage feels and planted. Gears do seem to smoothly at speed. The handling, is what made me truly behind my serious expression in the seat.

The brakes are befitting of car#8217;s sporting intentions#8211;the engage smoothly and the pedal is nicely progressive. Even I had just finished piloting a SLS AMG around the track, I felt I was going faster in the Aston into corners#8211;the Vantage S is all momentum, where the SLS is more brute force. After with the instructor, I realized the Aston Martin was far better of a car I was expecting it to be.

The steering and handling, were this car#8217;s secret.

As I turned the wheel, I felt in control. While piloting the more expensive, and much powerful SLS, I didn#8217;t the feeling of security that I had in the Of note is that the Vantage without electric steering, for a traditional hydraulic power system (in conjunction with not an electronic throttle).

This pays more than a few The steering loads up noticeably and the car is very direct, with body lean and plenty of Not once did I feel like I was in my head in any corner.

After I my laps, I reviewed the video for a while and realized that the fact I was slower lap-to-lap the Mercedes, I felt more in the Aston Martin. Additionally, reviewing the footage, the frames did not was slower, but a lot more accurate. The was much less difficult to on the track than the SLS (although not as as a few of the other cars I had the pleasure of much more confidence-inspiring, and a surprise.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Score: 3.0

Part 4: The Bottom

The Vantage is not without its flaws. For one the competition is beyond it when it to interior design and options, as the was a bit devoid of gizmos for a six-figure car. Jaguar has created a car can compete with it, at a lower on price.

I#8217;ve now had a good of seat time in it, as well. Of I#8217;m talking about the F-Type V8S.

With 500hp on tap, and a starting of just less than six the F-Type a better value the Vantage and it handles just as It sounds better, looks as stunning, and still has that British charm. Thanks to the the Vantage now no longer has the British of the sub-150K roadster market to and the Jaguar is unfortunately the more car. However, considering how the Vantage is, that#8217;s extremely praise for the Jag.

Additionally, the Jaguar changes more smoothly and has a nicer as well as a higher level of inside.

Score: 2.0

So, what#8217;s my on this entry-level Aston Well, it#8217;s far from in any way when the rubber hits the The car looks sharp, sounds and the handling is the sharpest thing in the package.

It#8217;s a car that I gets overlooked nowadays it#8217;s not the newest model in its segment. It has the cachet of the Aston name, a great sound, and driving dynamics. It#8217;s a good car and I#8217;m glad I it out for a drive.

Fact of the matter is there are other cars in segment that will outrun the Vantage S, but few are going to the same amount of attention as car. It lives up to its name, and its

-Albert S. Davis

The Grade: = 12/16. Final Grade: B.

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