The new Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the next British icon or an unfortunate fail?
A true icon of the industry, Aston Martin has always produced some of the most beautiful looking, incredible sounding and best handling cars of the last 60 years. Their cars have featured in some brilliant TV shows and films, none more famous than the James Bond series and this has meant that they are known all over the world and loved by the majority of people. I have always adored these magnificent machines, none more than the previous generation Vantage. With it’s roaring V8 and just stunning looks made me want to work hard just to have a small chance of eventually, possibly own one. I’m filled with so much joy to be allowed a chance to drive this new generation of Vantage and hopefully, fall as much in love with this generation as I did with the previous.
In true Aston Martin style, this generation is even more beautiful than the last. Its curves are seemingly unending, beckoning me to run my fingers down its wings. The headlights like the piercing eyes of a shark picking its mark for the kill and the entire body of the car makes me swoon and get giddy with excitement. I know it’s very hard to tell you how beautiful this car actually is but in person it is one of, if not the most beautiful car I have seen in person.
In the interior of the car you are greeted by the familiar graceful interior, all parts have a custom sentiment to them. It all feels simple and homely which makes you want to spend all your time in this car, the extremely comfortable hand-finished leather seats tucking you in, the high-quality music system wanting you to queue the music and everything that is so elegant yet simple puts other luxury brands to shame. I wish I could have a chance to take this vehicular work of art to where I believe it would have a road on which matches the true beauty of the car but I am yet to discover one which could maybe match it.
Switching on the engine you are immediately aware of the powerful V8 engine shouting under the bonnet, the growl of the engine brings a new light to the car. By day this is an adorable puppy, barking away, wanting attention. But by night it’s a vicious wolf which if you turn your back to it then it would easily rip your face off. This when you drive it requires your complete attention, it wants to go fast and get its tale out while you are in a state of complete terror. This will try and kill you and if you are not careful it will succeed. It definitely is not a tack car, it belongs on smooth roads with corners taken at a safe pace, and a very good driver is definitely required. If you are reading this hoping for handling the car, unfortunately, I have to disappoint as this is much more of a touring car on comfortable suspension and a big V8 made to eat up the miles.
After the excitement I have experienced with this car I am left disappointed having to go back to my basic little Ford, in my time I, have driven some truly great cars and after driving this I am relieved to know that my admiration and love for the Vantage is still intact. This car has slotted right into my top 3 best cars I have ever experienced, this will become a true British icon. With the situations happening in Britain at the moment the country needs something to boost them and if the people can experience just a fraction of what this car can give it will change a dreary cold worried place into a bright, happy and excitable place. This particular car would set you back a heart-stopping lump of £145,000 which for what it will give you, the beauty, the immense comfort, the pure excitement and thrills I believe it is worth every single penny for an icon of the British motoring industry and a true work of art.