The 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Is The Cheapest Aston Out There
Preposterous, outrageous and beautiful. This is Aston Martin and this is all it ever needed to be. The 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage tips all the cool elements of the recipe and despite being the least expensive (we cannot say the cheapest, because that is a bit of a stretch) Aston Martin, it still is the most beautiful car in its class. Period. Exclamation mark! Really, we doubt that Aston Martin or anyone else actually would be able to produce so elegantly perfect cars such as the Vanquish, the DBS, the DB9 and ultimately the Vantage. All of them are just pieces of art lurking down the streets of rich neighborhoods.
The 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is one of those beautiful cars that look like they are out of this planet. However, it has some drawbacks we simply cannot neglect. It is a ten year old car! Yes, you’ve read it right. Aston Martin revealed it in 2005 and up until now no other similar car was created. True, we can make a comparison between it and the Porsche 911, or the new Jaguar F-Type (which kinda comes close to the perfect look of the Aston) but the cars from Gydon are somehow all on their own out there. This 2015 model year might be its last year on the market and three different V8 versions are available right now.
The “entry-level” Vantage V8 is the one that stuck to the market the longest. Interestingly, the car has an engine developing 420 HP and it isn’t actually the least expensive of the three although it is the least powerful. The first sub 100.000 US dollars Aston Martin is actually the Vantage GT. Even though it is the least expensive car in their line-up it isn’t actually a slouch. The 4.7 liter V8 engine inside is good for 430 HP (from the Vantage S), it has a manual transmission and the equipment inside is still as impressive as it gets. Luckily, the interior design of the Vantage follows the perfection seen on the exterior, so the car aged quite well indeed.
As for the Vantage GT, the interior is garnished with all kind of Alcantara inserts, cool carbon fiber or aluminum trim as well as with Bang and Olufsen audio system or heated seats if opted for.
Despite having an aluminum structure, this thing isn’t exactly light. With 3413 lbs of weight, the old entry-level 4.3 liter engine struggled to get it to 62 in less than five seconds. Luckily, now with the engines screaming to 420 HP and to 430 HP as well as with modern transmission, the car can reach 62 around 4.6 seconds and keep on going to a maximum speed of 190 mph (for the most powerful versions).
Being the least expensive Aston Martin, it is also the smallest. It measures in length like a compact hatchback, but it has low stance, wide track and classic sporting equipment which makes it rather sinister looking in spite of all the elegance the Vantage is known for. Being a baby Aston Martin does not mean that the world will treat it with disrespect (remember that first gen Boxster, it was almost bullied). The Vantage is a proper sports car with the classic British charm and the speed that counts. Of course, it is not as fast as the competition, but Astons never were. They were something else, something spectacular and the age of the low powered engines can’t really destroy the lunacy and the spirit the 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage brings with itself.