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TheCarConnection.com’s editors drove the new 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage to provide you with an expert opinion of its styling, performance, safety, comfort, and features. Editors at TheCarConnection.com’s also reviewed other respected automotive Web sites to give you the best information possible on this new four-seat convertible.
- Gorgeous, from all angles
- Deft handling
- Super V-8 power
- Bespoke equipment list
- Sport transmission
- GPS could be easier to use
- Notebook-sized trunk
The 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage sits in a unique niche in the sports car world—: a bit more expensive than the Porsche 911, Audi R8, and Maserati Gran Turismo, but a bargain compared to supercars from Ferrari and Lamborghini. Offered as a two-seat roadster or coupe, it’s hand-built in Great Britain and is offered from a base price of about $130,000. For 2009, it’s been improved with more power and finer interior details. TheCarConnection.com’s editors drove a new Vantage provided by the manufacturer to write this road test summary.
First impressions are critical in the supercar world, and the Aston Martin Vantage’s initial vibe is “stunning.” A two-door coupe or roadster, the Vantage’s shape is sleeker than that of Porsche’s 911, and more technical in appearance than that of the Maserati Gran Turismo. Coupes are hatchbacks by design, while Vantage Roadsters sport a fabric soft top that folds invisibly under a cover. Either shape telegraphs to other drivers, that the Aston Vantage is something affordable on an unearthly budget—it’s a speed-seeking missile from its projector-style headlamps, to its gently curved haunches, to the LED taillamps. It’s these details that give the Vantage a techno appeal, particularly inside, where every detailaccessory—a crystal-capped key, available piano-black trim, controls like those on high-end audio equipment—lends a James Bond air to the car that’s actually transported him to safety on the silver screen. It’s exquisite, even without the Sports Pack, which adds five5-spoke or 20-spoke wheels.