As­ton Martin V8 Van­tage Le Mans

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Richard Gunn

‘Or­di­nary’ Vi­rages were pow­er­ful enough – but to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of As­ton Martin’s Le Mans vic­tory plus the end of the Vi­rage chas­sis, 40 spe­cial Le Mans ver­sions were built be­tween 1999 and 2000.

I tried one of these 600bhp twin su­per­charged rock­ets and it was ex­treme. De­spite be­ing a big, heavy ma­chine, in any gear, its abil­ity to launch it­self at the hori­zon was phe­nom­e­nal, al­most fright­en­ing in its in­ten­sity and re­spon­sive­ness. No car I’ve driven be­fore or since has cre­ated such an im­pres­sion of out­right bru­tal ve­loc­ity. And the han­dling? Who knows or re­ally cares? I never came any­where close to reach­ing its lim­its. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 5340cc/V8/QOHC POWER 600bhp@6500rpm TORQUE 605lb ft@4000rpm TOP SPEED 200mph 0-60MPH 4.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 12-18mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, 6-speed manl/4-speed auto

WHAT TO PAY // CON­COURS £400K // EX­CEL­LENT £350K // US­ABLE £200K // PROJECT £N/A

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