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Gorgeous and supremely athletic, the Vantage is the entry-level Aston Martin, if there is such a thing. But there's nothing basic about this stunning British sports car, with its looks to kill and a 503-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.
Engines, Ride, and Handling
The engine is a transplant from Mercedes-AMG and it gives the Vantage the power to reach 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds at our test track. It sounds beautiful, too, starting with a low baritone rumble at idle and finishing with a high-strung shriek as it nears its redline. An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission; Aston says a seven-speed manual is coming. An electronically controlled limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers are standard. The Vantage is tail-happy but predictable, which makes it hilariously good fun on a race track; the suspension is compliant enough for daily-driver duty, although harsh bumps will be obvious to passengers no matter which drive mode is selected for the adaptive dampers.
Interior and Technology
The exterior theatrics continue inside with upscale materials and countless custom options. The cockpit is snug for two but it's lined with leather and faux suede; sport seats with power adjustments and memory settings are standard. An 8.0-inch infotainment display sprouts from the top of the dashboard and includes navigation. It's easy to spend money on the Vantage: Aston Martin offers fancy options such as a full-leather interior, heated and ventilated seats, a carbon-fiber steering wheel, embroidered headrests, a self-parking feature, and several different options for interior trim, among many other features.