Martin Martin Vantage car review 2007
A full white, round classic, I mean Vantage. Martin, Aston Martin.
The smallest example of the newly released Aston Martin (no longer part of the Ford empire) may not cover as much road space as its DB9 cousin, but that doesn’t make a difference for viewers.
The small Aston hardly has a bad side to look at and, although short and compact, other drivers know you’re near them in traffic and they turn their business into a long look.
Designed as an alternative to long-standing leader, Porsche 911, V8 Vantage Coupe is a ‘new level’ product for the British brand; cost $ 245,000.
It’s a two-seater vehicle, with moderate luggage space and not a lot of cabin space for giant folk, but the cabin has a lot to like and some for convenience.
Leather covers most of the cabin; from small sports seats and dashboard; with suede-finish on roof lining.
An edgy steering wheel and flexible gearshift paddles for six-speed automatic guidance give the driver a sense of anticipation before firing the engine with the start button. Some switchgear directly from Volvo and Jaguar; There is no doubt about helping with production costs but maybe not something that someone might want after solving the British pureblood problem.
One of the quirks in the device is the tacho’s scan, which runs counterclockwise, in the opposite direction to the speedo. Both needles move fast when required, but 4000rpm is marked by active exhaust with intent.
The alloy motor is located behind the front wheels and low in the engine compartment, providing sharp handling and handling for Vantage.
It sits firmly on its optional 19in alloy package (wrapped in low-profile Bridgestone rubber). That was expected, but at 1630kg, it’s heavier than I thought. The double wishbone suspension suspension hangs superbly, picking up any imperfect road but shooting through bumpy corners without hesitation.
The stopping power is provided with strong force by a ventilated disc (and slotted at the front) – 355mm at the front and 330mm at the rear, with a four-piston Brembo brake clamp at the front.
The coupe Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Price: $ 245,000
Engine: 4.3-liter 32 valve V8 cam.
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission (manual without Sportshift), rear-wheel drive with LSD and ESP
Capacity: 283kW at 7000rpm
Torque: 417Nm at 5000rpm
Performance: 0-100km / h five seconds / top speed 280km / h
Suspension: aluminum double wishbone suspension
Fuel / emission requirement: 15.1 l / 100km, in the 15 l / 100km test, 80 liter, 360g / km fuel tank
Size: length 4380mm, width 1865mm (excluding mirrors), height 1255mm, wheelbase 2600mmtrack fr / rr 1570 / 1560mm, boot capacity 300 liters
Wheels: 19in alloy.
In its class:
Audi R8: $ 259,900
Jaguar XKR coupe: $ 228,300
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: $ 243,000
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG: $ 164,474