Aston Martin Vantage Part Eight

Ride is firm but the V600 doesn’t dart, jiggle or hunt for camber changes. There’s no driveline shunt or quaking through the structure. Taut and tied down, the fast powered rack-and-pinion setup is sensitive to input, with enough assistance when it matters. The really trick part is the rolling stock: those five-spoke magnesium Dymags are hollow, so when the monstrous boots – 245/45 ZR18 Goodyears – traverse pockmarked asphalt, there’s more air to squash, giving the impression of a larger sidewalk And when you summon the brakes, only your ribs compressing against the seatbelt take the strain. This is a toweringly capable bit of kit.

Now for the quandary. This example has covered just 3 000 miles and will set you back in the region of £180,000. For about a third of this, you could have a regular 550bhp Vantage which is almost as good. Almost. Nothing about this car makes any sense so why should the price be any different? Think of it more as a viable alternative to a Vanquish and the outlay doesn’t seem so ridiculous. Do you want more cohesive looks and troublesome paddle shifts or real craftsmanship and an engine made by a bloke called Paul? A car that has no real carrying capacity that’s left to set during the build phase, or something made of elements you can pronounce by a cabal of madmen? Obvious really

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