Entry-level might not be the word that comes to mind for a car priced at over $100,000, but the 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage could be considered just that for someone wanting to join the ranks of Aston owners for the first time. Aston Martin is known for its sexy, stylishly beautiful exteriors and luxurious interiors, and the V8 Vantage is right there with the others in living up to that standard. Its true sports-car handling makes it a great ""beginner"" Aston Martin, if such a thing existed.
Body Styles: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual w/OD, six-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
Models: V8 Vantage coupe, V8 Vantage Roadster convertible, V8 Vantage N420 coupe, V8 Vantage N420 Roadster convertible
Aston Martin has added a special edition of the V8 Vantage for 2011. The N420 special edition name was inspired by Aston Martin cars competing in an annual 24-hour race at the Nuhburgring in Germany. The coupe and convertible special editions feature carbon fiber side stakes and a front air splitter and diffuser, sport suspension, lightweight exhaust system, graphite tailpipe finishers, 10-spoke 19-inch wheels, and last but not least, a unique interior trim.
Gorgeous, beautiful, stylish; you can choose your own adjective to describe the always attractive Aston Martins. But here is the nuts-and-bolts description of the 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage’s exterior: the V8 Vantage's frame replaces welding with advanced adhesives to dampen vibrations, and the weight is reduced by using aluminum and magnesium components. Features include twin-bezel headlights flanking the trapezoidal grille, flared front fenders that are trailed by inset side vents, an integrated trunk lid spoiler, and twin exhaust pipes. The V8 Vantage convertible has a fabric top, which stores beneath a metal tonneau cover.
Well-heeled and standardly equipped, the interior of the 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage can be highly personalized. Standard features consist of premium materials like the aluminum-trimmed dashboard, which includes a ringed engine-start button above the radio controls. Power 10-way seats with twin lumbar adjustment remember your settings and can be optionally heated. The dashboard features an analog clock, stitched dashboard seams, and machined instrument dials. The information screen can display Russian, Chinese, and Greek, if you're feeling like James Bond.
Leather upholstery is standard and is available in a vast array of color combinations. Also standard are automatic climate control, a navigation system, and a six-CD changer with an auxiliary audio jack and built in iPod interface.
Performance & Handling
Some experts might go as far to say the V8 Vantage is the best-driving Aston Martin ever made. Aston Martin has added in a good dose of ?fun-to-drive? additions, making this a true sports car. The rear- drive is powered by a 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that puts out 420 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission delivers the power, accomplishing zero to 60 mph in an estimated 4.7 seconds.
The 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage moves confidently on winding roads. Steering is responsive, providing feedback to the driver. You'll find plenty of grip and high speeds won't ruffle the 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage's feathers at all. Top speed is approximately 180 mph.
The 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage comes equipped with anti-lock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system, and airbags, including side-impact airbags. Additionally, the seats incorporate head-protection airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
V8 Vantage coupe: 14/20 mpg city/highway
V8 Vantage Roadster convertible: 14/21 mpg city/highway
V8 Vantage N420 coupe: 14/20 mpg city/highway
V8 Vantage N420 Roadster convertible: 14/20 mpg city/highway
V8 Vantage S coupe: 14/21 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engine
- Balanced chassis
- Luxurious interior
- Envious looks
You Won't Like
- Not quite as powerful as some of its competitors
A fun-to-drive sports car sure to turn heads where ever the road takes you.
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