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Reprising the celebrated V8 Vantage model name, the new-generation Aston Martin model debuted for 2005 and garnered acclaim for its svelte bodylines, outstanding supercar-like performance credentials, and while definitely an Aston its surprising value for the money. Hand-built quality, long an Aston virtue, continued at Aston Martins state-of-the-art Gaydon facilities. Refinements for 2008 brought greater performance and handling capabilities. In its road test report, Car and driver summed up the new V8 Vantage best Snarling V-8, million-dollar styling, luxurious refinement.
Featuring purposeful, uncluttered styling and looking much like the V-12 DBS and DB9, the V8 Vantage also shared much of its interior appointments with its more expensive brethren. Even its ignition key, a stainless-steel and glass item, dubbed an Emotion Control Unit by Aston Martin, is placed into the center of the dash to start the V8 Vantage. Among the updates, the V-8’s engine displacement was enlarged from 4.3 to 4.7 liters, resulting in 420 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque, increases of 40 hp and 44 lb-ft respectively. The optional automated manual transmission received upgraded programming, steering geometry was revised, Bilstein dampers were fitted, and suspension bushings and springs were stiffened. The Car and Driver 2009 test car also included the optional Sports Pack, including even stiffer springs, revised dampers, a specific anti-roll bar, and 19-inch split-five-spoke wheels.
According to the magazine testers, the results of the improvements for 2009 were outstanding. The Vantage’s steering is now beautifully weighted and accurate. Turn-in and body control are slop-free, and the car feels more buttoned down and predictable. Unlike many of its rear- and mid-engined competitors, the Vantage has a lot of tolerance for abrupt maneuvers. It never tries to swap ends unless you do something truly stupid. However, our test results don’t bear out the better feel. The 0.93-g skidpad figure and the 70-to-0 braking distance of 165 feet are the same as we recorded before the refresh in 2007, so this car still lags the 911 Turbo and R8 significantly on these metrics. Acceleration, on the other hand, is dramatically improved. Sixty mph arrives in 4.3 seconds, which is 0.8 second faster than before. Continuing, But forget the numbersthis car’s best attribute when accelerating is its wail. The exhaust note sounds better than that of anything else Aston sells in the U.S. and sends the same kind of goose bumps down your back that you get from a Ferrari V-8 This top-of-the-line 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an open-air Roadster, all the better to savor its many delights. Finished in very desirable Triple Black and highly equipped with options and features, it is a great example and an outstanding modern supercar buy with only an approximate 7,500 miles from new.