The last great British analogue sports car?
North America-only gt is An old-school HIT
Unless you’re living stateside, you probably won’t have seen this car before. Built for the north American market only, the 190mph vantage gt is the Us equivalent of the Uk-market n430, with a pared-down specification that keeps the starting price under $100,000.
Does it suffer for being the cheapest Aston that dollars can buy? not at all. in fact, the vantage is arguably at its best when the deliciously raucous 430bhp 4.7-litre v8 is mated to the six-speed manual transmission rather than to the pricier (by $5000) and rather clunky sportshift automated manual.
in manual guise, the gt feels like the last of the great British sports cars. it’s the most analogue of any of the current Astons, and arguably of any gt currently on the market, and with that comes a level of driver involvement you don’t find in more remote-feeling machinery.
so it tears away from rest with a satisfying squirm from the rear tyres and an intoxicating roar from the v8, hitting 60mph in 4.6 seconds; the brakes are excellent, and the electronic traction and stability systems allow indulgent tail-slides.
like the n430, the gt comes in a choice of five different colours, with grille, mirrors, rear diffuser blade and (on the coupé) roofline picked out in contrasting hues. not to everyone’s taste, and neither is the optional gt sidestripe inspired by Aston’s gt4 race-cars, but it does rather suit the exuberant character. graphite forged alloys wheels and yellow brake calipers complete the look, while the interior features plenty of Alcantara trim.
Coupé or roadster? Well, that’s your choice but we’d go for the metal roof, and not just because the drop-top costs an extra $15,000. This is an Aston Martin that’s best served at base level.