As­ton Martin Van­tage

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Why do they stick with that old badge?

The Van­tage name has been used on and o’ since 1951, but the 2005-on V8 has been key to As­ton’s rise to its cur­rent rude health – it’s the best seller in its 105-year his­tory.

One car for road and track use – re­ally? Yes, up to a point. It’s more com­fort­able than Œirst im­pres­sions might have you be­lieve, and won’t wake the neigh­bours when you start it. But the DB11 is more reŒined.

Not sure the spec’s quite right for me…

If you’d rather not have nu­clear waste paint and con­trast­ing car­bonŒibre, much more sub­tle hues are avail­able, and there’s a huge choice of cabin trims too.

Nice. Now give me more!

A man­ual gear­box op­tion is com­ing, and the V8 has plenty more to give; Mercedes has al­ready squeezed over 600bhp from it. And we’re told As­ton’s own twin-turbo V12 could Œit.

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