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2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2016

What's New for 2016?

In addition to a few new interior and exterior colors, the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage offers a revised interior with an updated center control stack and an improved infotainment system.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; excellent engine note; fairly reasonable pricing for an exotic

What We Don't

Old design first debuted in 2006; mediocre automatic transmission; subpar power in the V8 model compared to the V12

Overview

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a handsome 2-door that's offered in coupe or convertible varieties. Although the Vantage came out way back in 2006, it's hard to deny that it still looks good thanks to a long hood, an abrupt rear end, perfectly flared fenders and a design that focuses on simplicity rather than shock. It's a winning formula, and it's been doing well for a decade.

Unfortunately, the Vantage's age becomes apparent once you get past its beautiful design. While the interior has been updated over the years, some of the controls clearly come from an earlier era. And while you can (and should) still get a V8 Vantage with a 6-speed manual transmission, the car also offers Aston Martin's 7-speed Speedshift single-clutch automatic -- ironically named, since this one is anything but fast compared to rival transmissions.

Some drivers may also find the V8 Vantage to be a little low on power. It's still using the same 4.7-liter V8 that it did back when it debuted in 2006, though now it's been tuned to offer 420 horsepower (or 430 hp in GT and S models). That's a healthy figure but hardly enough to keep up with most Porsches on a racetrack, let alone a Ferrari. Of course, if you want more power, there's always the V12 Vantage, which uses a 565-hp 5.9-liter 12-cylinder.

Interestingly, the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage overcomes some of its flaws by offering a very attractive starting price. Performance-focused GT models still start around $100,000, which is unusually low for an exotic, while Roadster models come with a $12,000 price premium. A regular V8 Vantage starts around $125,000 (or $140,000 for a Roadster), while the V8 Vantage S is around $5,000 pricier -- not a bad payout to look like James Bond.

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