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Gear Lust – The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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Did you know that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which costs $117,000, is an “entry-level” sports car? It’s actually smaller and (relatively) cheaper than the British carmaker’s other four-wheeled, hand-built creations.

Like most Aston Martin cars, the V8 Vantage is simply stunning to look at. It’s no grand tourer, however; the Vantage is a sports car through and through.

We think the Vantage is the best-driving Aston Martin so far, but it’s still no comparison to the Porsche 911 when it comes to performance. Then again, it’s certainly not a bad place to be for an entry-level sports car.

Features

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage seats two people and is available as a convertible roadster and a hatchback coupe. There are two trim levels that offer different degrees of performance: Vantage and Vantage S.

Both models seat only two people and come with nearly identical features. Standard items include:

  • Automatic climate control
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • A 10-way-adjustable driver seat
  • A six-CD changer
  • An auxiliary audio jack and iPod interface
  • Leather upholstery

Interestingly, common features in other cars such as Bluetooth, cruise control, heated seats and seat memory serve as options on the Vantage, despite costing over $100,000.

At least the Vantage S variant gets the cruise control, Bluetooth, and suspension tuning. A pair of upgraded audio systems and a Garmin-sourced navigation system are optional on both.

Under the hood

The basic V8 Vantage comes with a 4.7-liter V8 capable of 420 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. The Vantage S gets a version of the same engine but is bumped up to 430 hp and 361 pound-feet of torque.