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2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage: Overview

What’s New for 2017?

The 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is consolidated into one single model for 2017: the Vantage GTS, which offers "Sport Edition" and "Lux Edition" appearance packages. Only 100 Vantage GTS models will be built as Aston prepares to launch a new Vantage soon — potentially as early as next year.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; excellent engine note; fairly reasonable pricing for an exotic See the 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage models for sale near you

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 430 horsepower. 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 V12.

As for the 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the lineup is simplified this year. Aston is reportedly readying an all-new model for debut in the next year or two, so the brand is offering just one 2017 V8 Vantage: the Vantage GTS, which is available with "Sport" or "Lux" appearance packages. It’ll start around $135,000, and it’s limited to just 100 total units in coupe or roadster varieties, which makes 2017 an especially limited-production year for the V8 Vantage.

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