The 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, however, is a no-excuses two-seat sports car. It’s beautifully built, performs brilliantly and while the ergonomics aren’t perfect, they’re not bad. All Aston had to do to achieve that was give up some Britishness. The V8 Vantage was designed as an anti-911 affordable Aston Martin that has to make the brand profitable by increasing sales. Also it is a high-performance sports car, yet with predictable handling and sharp engine response, it also offers good visibility and easy to use controls that make it comfortable in city, on country roads or even on the race track. All these features make the V8 Vantage be the first Aston Martin that can serve as a weekday working car, not only as a weekend treat.
Designed and built by Aston Martin the V8 engine offers both flexibility and outright performance. With 380 bhp at 7,000 rpm it delivers an outstanding aural experience, as expected of an Aston Martin and a potential maximum speed of 175 mph. The massive power is not the only reason for the performance of the V8 Vantage. The front mid-engine position and the dry sump lubrication system allow the engine to lower the car’s centre of gravity.