Aston Martin Vantage
The new Vantage is the make or break model for Aston Martin. Will it look good, perform well and finally banish the reliability issues that have so long dogged previous models?
The very clever Italian owners of the company together with CEO Andy Palmer did what any sensible people would do when it came to making this car. They hired the best car designer in the world, Marek Reichman, they bought the best engine in the world from AMG Mercedes, and they added a fabulous chassis design and stood back. The result is a work of genius.
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The driving position is just right and there is a great feeling of space. The Mercedes-sourced information and system controls are somewhat basic but clear and easy to use. Press the oversize illuminated start button and the delicious rumble on starting turns into a growl as you open the throttle. Q and his team from Birmingham have done a great job improving the exhaust note from the original AMG Mercedes with a similar engine.
On the road the car is sure-footed and the steering sharp. You really want to drive this car quickly. Switch the performance control to sport plus and steering, brakes and handling feel sharper and the engine note turns heads. A rare symphony of ride quality handling and excitement.