Today I was lucky enough to get a little bit of time with one of my favorite Aston Martin’s which is also one of the best looking and most elegant cars I’ve ever been in, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage! I love everything about this car, from the way the rear wheel arches flare out to the brushed aluminum plate which is the feature photo of this article. There are few cars that make me giddy like a little school girl who just got a hug from Justin Timberlake but this Aston is definitely one of them.
Aston Martin celebrated their 100th anniversary last year (2013) and I think it’s easy to see why they have lasted over a century. My favorite thing about Aston is that, in my opinion at least, they make the perfect luxury car with an unrivaled balance between looks and performance. Best of all, they manage to do elegant and powerful without the “douche factor” as I so cleverly like to call it. Take the more expensive Porsche’s for example, don’t get me wrong I know they make some really crazy cars but I have never met or seen someone who owns a Porsche that doesn’t look and act like a complete tosser. Audi, Saab, Peugeot and some Mercedes all suffer from this as well to some degree. Where as every Aston owner that I have met has been a true car lover, like myself, while also being really down to earth about owning such an amazing piece of machinery, not to mention letting a giddy idiot like myself spend the day taking snaps while drooling all over the car and I think that is truly special.
Disclaimer: if you own any of the cars mentioned above and are not a complete knob, please get in touch.
That being said, having a ridiculously fast and beautiful car would eventually get to one’s ego I’m sure, but for now Aston remains one of my favorite car companies and not just because of the cars or even the owners. Aston often has events which showcase their amazing and spectacular machines in a number of different ways. Take Aston Martin on ice, an event which takes place on ice (surprisingly) where you basically just get to thrash a bunch of super cars around a frozen lake for a few days while getting pampered like royalty, sounds like my kind of party! I know lots of other car companies do track days and other events but Aston’s events always catch my eye and I personally would love to be part of that. I guess that comes down to personal opinion though, but I can’t see anyone who has taken the time to read this being disappointed with drifting a super car through snow.
In 2005, Jeremy Clarkson declared the V8 Vantage as best sounding car of the year and the coolest car of the year, this is a man who spends his days testing some of the fastest and most beautiful cars in the world. The 420HP Jaguar engineered V8 (although hand assembled by Aston) is one serious way to power a car. Just watch this video to get a little sense for the sound and speed this car can produce.
I love that grille, it’s the little details like this that make the Vantage so special.
A lot of the photos I took of the car are of specific parts which I personally really like, such as this grille on the bonnet and the styled line near the front wheel arch. I know these aren’t conventional photos but I’d rather point out the details which I liked the most, rather than show you images you can see on the internet. After all, these cars are hand built, I think if I was one of the people who’s hands built this car I would much rather have the little details pointed out. I’ll highlight a few more details which I really appreciate below but I will end this article by simply saying, if you can afford an Aston Martin, I strongly urge you to acquire one. I promise you will not regret it, after spending just a short time with this car, hearing the V8 motor roar, feeling the leather dash and seats I can honestly say there is nothing like an Aston Martin.
Here’s to another century!
The line that runs down the door and meets the air intake is just one example of the unique styling and looks amazing.
The side mirrors are another detail I want to point out, along with the huge discs sitting behind the rims.