Monday, November 30, 2009

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Fitting a V12 in a Vantage was no easy feat. The effort was worth it, though – you end up with 510bhp and 420lb ft of torque compared with the 420bhp and 346lb ft in the V8 version.

As with any Vantage, the driving experience is a physical, manly sort of affair – a long-travel and heavy clutch, weighty steering, firm accelerator pedal, rock-hard ride and a gearshift that’s like manoeuvring a girder around.

It’s the sort of car you need to grab by the scruff of the neck, which is fine when you can find a clear road in the dry, but not so much fun in traffic or when the roads are wet. The near-slick tyres don’t have too much purchase on damp surfaces, either.

Still, the throttle pedal is a wonderfully delicate tool for metering out the power, and the car’s certainly quick when you get the chance to use it. Not as quick as you might think, though, in the exalted world of modern supercars – and there’s the V12 Vantage’s main problem. RS

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