• An engine note to die for; superb steering and response; exceptional ride and handling; pricing
  • Manual gearbox whine; low-speed steering weight

OUR RATING
8 / 10



Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review
by CarAdvice

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has been revitalised with a price cut and the most comprehensive update since 2008.

An $18,000 price cut to $231,500 also means the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage is now line-ball with Porsche’s updated 911. But, that doesn’t mean you get less for your hard earned.

Taking on a blend of elegance and aggression, you never would have imagined that the V8 Vantage has now been around for seven years, arguably making the new Porsche 911 look plain in comparison.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage updates come in the form of a lower front splitter and new rear diffuser finished in matt black (taken from the 321kW Vantage S). The rear diffuser can also be optioned in a tasty carbon fibre finish. The side sills also pick up a more pronounced design – although not as extreme as the V8 Vantage S.

Inside the cabin, the only real change is red stitching to coincide with the new Red Lion paint colour. That’s not such a bad thing though, as it’s true to the original design and still feels special when you grab hold of the wheel.

Your $230,500 investment is seen at work with a leather-wrapped dashboard, suede headliner, and chunky metal switchgear. But, the pop-up navigation screen falls short of the fanfare with fiddly controls and lack of speed. In fact, it feels a full generation behind the 911’s navigation system.

While Aston Martin hasn’t tinkered with the fire-breathing 313kW 4.7-litre V8, the steering ratio, brakes, suspension settings and tyres have all been tweaked. The V8 Vantage comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but can be optioned with a seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual gearbox for $11,269. Fuel use isn’t too staggering at 13.8L/100km.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review

When you jump behind the wheel and begin attacking corners, the first thing you notice is the reduced steering ratio – down to 15:1 from 17:1 – which takes a few corners to get used to. The whole car feels more alert with a flick of the wrists, but doesn’t feature the nervousness some short-ratio racks inherently come with. The gradual load up of the steering rack during cornering helps the driver place the car, but could do with a little less load at lower speeds.

The treads at all four corners gain an additional 10mm width, which means more speed into corners, but the downside is more tyre roar within the cabin. There was also an innocuous whine from the test vehicle’s six-speed manual transmission that sometimes drowned out the Aston’s roar beyond 4,000rpm.

Changes to the suspension settings have softened up the V8 Vantage’s ride, which helps on rough B roads and luckily doesn’t affect body roll mid-corner, proving that you don’t need rock hard suspension to make a sports car handle.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster also benefits from a price decrease, with the six-speed manual benefiting from a $14,198 price drop to $260,500, with the seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual an additional $7,795.

One of the best things about the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is that you don’t get the feeling of a flexible body courtesy of the missing roof. The rigid chassis and attention to engineering detail ensures a compliant and stiff ride through corners and over rough stretches of road.

While the new Porsche 911 is technologically ahead of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage in terms of engine technology and fuel consumption, there’s no question about which vehicle looks better. Sometimes one simply has to purchase with the heart and not the head.


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  • Wile E Coyote

    911 for the track, Aston for the road
    The Aston looks its price the 911 doesn’t

  • Noddy of Toyland

    Is Caradvice still on a weird deal with Aston Martin? I remember when you weren’t allowed to comment on articles about Aston, and this article is simply written by ‘Caradvice’, so I’m not sure.

    • Ellipsis

      That’s not the only oddity. These are just a bunch of press pictures anyone can Google and use quite easily. Who ever wrote it probably never even drove the thing, just like the Mulsanne and 458.

  • Mohammed Smith

    No thanks. I’ll stick with my Evo X Bathurst ….. would shmoke this Aston anyday mann.

    • POLO4LYFE

      my chipped Polo Gti would take this thing to the cleaners down the drag strip. just check out the vids on youtube. 

      • Brett

        Look out Aston Martin, you’re about to go bankrupt because Golf’s and Polo’s are just so much better. POLO you’re an idiot. Why would someone buy this car? There are certainly faster cars on the market at this price range. Does your car have an outrageous soundtrack? Or how about a sumptous leather clad interior? Let’s not even compare the looks! You’re showing the signs of bogananism. But don’t worry, you can cure that with a dose of “keep stupid ideas to yourself.”

      • Dom

        Does your Polo wear high heels and fishnets?

      • Deodorant

        My stock standard unmodifed 2012 ZX-10R will run circles around your Polo down the strip, and it’s cheaper… What’s your point? I think an Aston Martin speaks for itself, fast (enough), luxurious, sexy, exclusive and classy, all in one package. Would take the drop top Roadster for summer anyday if I had the money.

        • Simon

          I smoked several ZX-10R on the track recently on a 750… can he ride it is the question??

  • OOOO

    Yeah, you boys stick to you chipped bogan boxes. Astons are just too good for you.

  • Joe

    …..I am not quite sure why journalists even compare the very expensive beetle to an Aston in the first place…..there is no comparison….

  • http://www.ooyyo.com.au/ Brian L. Gilman

    Every car has its designated marketplace… Not everyone can afford an Aston Martin, therefore not everyone can drive one either. But comparing apples and oranges doesn’t make sense… I’d personally drive this over the Porsche… But please stop comparing it to VW Polo’s, that’s just plain stupid…

  • Tarquin Mendez

    Well spoken Brian. Each to his own. Aesthetics are lost on some people. Their loss.
    Tarquin

  • Aeves851

    It cost’s an awful lot to be a poser but still a great car

  • Carts

    I’ve got a GSXR750 that’ll smoke this at 1/25 of the price. Chicks dig guys with motorbikes, chicks dig guys with nice cars.. but they also know when it comes to the bedroom they’ll realise the guy with the fancy car was compensating for his lack lustre bedoir capability

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Specs

VANTAGE : 4.7L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 6 SP MANUAL - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D COUPE
Car Details
Make
ASTON MARTIN
Model
V8
Variant
VANTAGE
Series
MY10
Year
2012
Body Type
2D COUPE
Seats
2
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
4.7L
Cylinders
V8
Max. Torque
470Nm @  5000rpm
Max. Power
313kW @  7300rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
198.1W/kg
Bore & Stroke
91x91mm
Compression Ratio
11.3
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.909
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
77
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
13.3L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1580
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1255mm
Length
4382mm
Width
1866mm
Ground Clearance
120mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.1
Front Rim Size
8.5x19
Rear Rim Size
9.5x19
Front Tyres
235/40 R19
Rear Tyres
275/35 R19
Wheel Base
2600
Front Track
1568
Rear Track
1562
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Power front seats
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System
Driver
Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio Compact Disc Player
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Side Airbags
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Engine Immobiliser
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
24 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
10-O-14
Country of Origin
GREAT BRITAIN