Aston Martin’s cheapest model takes a big step up into the 21st century
Aston Martin Vantage 2018 review
Mighty twin-turbo V8 up front, two seats in the middle – and the back? You can make the back do whatever you want
“Is it better than the Porsche 911?”
That’s the question Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer asks his engineers, and it’s not an unreasonable one for you to ask, too.
And the answer? Well, as they’ll tell him and I’ll tell you over the next 1500 words or thereabouts: it’s not that simple, guv. In some ways, yes, it is better; in many ways, no, it isn’t; but, for the most part, it’s just different. And that’s fine.
Where are we, then? Two models into the ‘second century plan’ that’ll see a new Aston launched every year until 2022, when the cycle begins again. It’ll be a range of sports cars under constant reinvention, with profits from the first providing the investment to develop the next. Like a normal car company. “It’s not rocket science,” says Palmer.
First, then, was the DB11, the big, comfy grand tourer, at one end of the sports car scale. And now there’s the Vantage, which sits at the other end, but using a fair degree of DB11 parts.