If your mouth waters at the sight of an Aston Martin Vantage, you’re not alone. Whether in coupe or convertible iterations, the styling of the Vantage is touted among all reviewers. Even though the only change in the 2009 model is the addition of 19-inch forged alloy wheels, the Vantage is, unquestionably, one the sexiest modes of modern-day transit.
“It's a good thing that for 2009, the baby Aston's exterior retains the fluid yet muscular look,” says Road & Track. “Aston really didn't need to change a thing as the V8 Vantage already was blessed with near-perfect proportions and amazing road presence. Inside, there is change but the additions are far better in theory than execution,” comments Automobile Magazine.
“I state unapologetically that the new V8 Vantage is the most beautiful car currently being made,” gushes a reviewer at Automobile.com. “And funny thing, I know so many people who have never driven this car, yet still want it on looks alone.” Motor Trend quips, “There's no denying the Vantage's rarity and beauty (lined up with the 911, it looks like a leopard next to an ostrich egg).”
It's the inside, especially the center armrest, that draws criticism. “We feel that it's a case of the styling department leading the show and not the engineers,” says Automobile Magazine. “Chief designer Marek Reichman told us that anyone who is bothered by armrest should just order the improved but still slightly clunky paddle-shift sequential manual transmission. We don't like that answer.”
Otherwise, the interior of the 2009 Vantage is just as intoxicating as its exterior. “Stepping into the driver's seat of the Vantage, you are greeted with hand-stitched leather and suede,” notes NADA Guides. “The dash finishes range from bamboo, ash wood and mahogany to glossy piano black. Unusual details include Aston’s signature counterclockwise tachometer, a crystal capped key fob (so drivers can carry a small piece of automotive jewelry when they’re not behind the wheel) and a spring-loaded Lamy pen that tucks into the dash. Good show,” reports Popular Mechanics.