Aston Martin V8 Vantage
I have always wanted to drive an Aston Martin. Now I have. This is my review of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage from 2007.
Aston Martin is known for making the coolest cars on the planet. The V8 Vantage seems to be no exception, but maybe it is all just the Aston Martin 'James Bond' vibe. Anyway let's get right into it.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a two door coupé and has (you might have guessed it) a 4.3 litre V8 engine naturally aspirated producing 380 hp and 410 Nm of torque. That is more than enough. It will go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds. And with a top speed of 280 km/h it makes most BMWs look slow, if you have the balls to floor it of course. At 1,570kg it weighs slightly less than my grandmother. The gearbox is a 6 speed flappy pedal semi-automatic. It is equiped with ABS, BAS and ESP to make sure you can drive this car fast without killing pedestrians or other road users.
Me behind the wheel of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage from 2007
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage isn't a family car. It 'only' has 2 seats. If you don't have children, 2 seats is plenty. The seats are very comfortable. They put you in this lovely driving position with perfect lumbar support. You will be more rested stepping out of this car than going in. It has a 300 litre boot. That is enough for a few suitcases or some groceries. The interior is a really nice place to be. Dials in front of you, a small screen that pops up from the dashboard and the rest is all buttons. It looks like they took the best part of every interior ever made and made it into this beautiful composition of leather, metal and synthetic material. There is very little headroom. It was enough for me (I'm 190cm tall), but if I was 1 centimeter taller I'd have had a problem. Visibility can be an issue, the rearview window is rather small giving it enormous blind spots. It isn't very economical or environmentally friendly to drive with an average of 15.1 l/100km in petrol.
That petrol however, is totally worth it. The engine sounds as smooth and vividly as Louis Armstrong singing 'What a wonderfull world' in 1967, until you punch it. When you do that, it sounds like Morgan Freeman has replaced Axl Rose in Guns N' Roses. This wave of power and torque comes in and the smile on your face will be large enough to see from outer space.
The feel of the car is what surprised me the most. You really drive this car. You see, in many cars today you feel a distance between you and the driving, almost as if the computer is checking and correcting everything you do. Don't get me wrong. I like playing Grand Theft Auto V, but I can hardly imagine it'll be anything near as exciting as an actual bank job. Driving the Aston has the excitement and feel of a bank job, but the safety and difficulty of the video game.
After driving it very fast you can just put it in drive, slow down until you hear Louis Armstrong again and the Aston is a comfortable Gran Turismo. However, occasionally the car will have to change gears. It has a very slow gearbox. Driving in heavy traffic with a 50 km/h speed limit is terrible. Everytime you touch the throttle it will think about changing into fourth and everytime you slow down it forgets what comes before fourth but after second. Aston Martin called it a sportshift. They should specify which sport next time.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage from 2007
This is a car that you could buy second hand for 44 900,- euros. If you'd like this car with less than 100 000km on it, it will cost you over 50 000,- euros. That sounds expensive, but in comparison to new cars today it is a bargain. The new Jaguar F-Type coupé P300(300hp, 400Nm, 0-100km/h; 5.7 seconds) will set you back 96 454 euros. The Aston has all the fancy stuff you want as well like traction control and a board computer.
All Aston Martins have that 'James Bond' vibe, but this car could have been Mr. Beans speedmachine and it would still be cool. This is a car for people who love to drive and if you do, you should know that there is a version with a manual gearbox, wich is the one I would buy. All in all, this is the best car I have ever driven.
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