Aston Martin has changed radically in the past 15 years and no vehicle epitomises that development better than the V8 Vantage, the baby of the range. It’s the car that has undoubtedly played the biggest part in the brand’s revival over the past decade.

The legendary ‘V8’ tag once adorned the grand statesman of the Aston Martin range, rumbling behemoths built with tender, loving care in that evocative ramble of sheds at Newport Pagnell.

“the V8 Vantage looks just as good as a drop-top Volante as it does as a coupe ”

Now an Aston V8 takes the company’s aluminium VH platform – previously used on the more expensive Vanquish and DB9 – and adapts it to a model that is ‘mass market’ by Aston’s standards.

In a way, then, this is the toughest test yet for the construction, because the Vantage name has come to stand for aggression, compactness and driver focus.

And the latest generation has to deliver all of those in spades if it’s to keep pace with a number of outstanding rivals in this class; merely ‘being an Aston Martin’ won’t be enough against such accomplished cars as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911.

V8 Vantage – Looks

“Vantage looks just as good as a drop-top Volante as it does as a coupe ”

Now an Aston V8 takes the company’s aluminium VH platform – previously used on the more expensive Vanquish and DB9 – and adapts it to a model that is ‘mass market’ by Aston’s standards.

In a way, then, this is the toughest test yet for the construction, because the Vantage name has come to stand for aggression, compactness and driver focus.

And the latest generation has to deliver all of those in spades if it’s to keep pace with a number of outstanding rivals in this class; merely ‘being an Aston Martin’ won’t be enough against such accomplished cars as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911.

V8 Vantage

V8 Vantage from Aston Martin

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a joy to drive and a super car that you can drive every day
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Only Motors Likes
  • Gorgeous Looks and Presence
  • Great Sounding Engine
  • Stunning Quality Interior Trim
Only Motors Dislikes
  • How much? Bloody Expensive
  • MPG - Drinks more than a fish
  • Insurance - £3000 per year tut
4.5Overall Score
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