ALL THE ROAD CARS 2005-present
V8 Vantage/v8 Vantage Roadster V12 Vantage/v12 Vantage Roadster
SPECIFICATION (4.3) Engine 4281cc, V8 Power 380bhp @ 7000rpm Torque 302lb ft @ 5000rpm 0-60mph 4.8sec Top speed 175mph
Aston’s answer to Porsche’s 911 and originally conceived as a mid-engined car. Compact and more overtly sporting than the DB9, the Callum/fisker-styled V8 Vantage has overtaken the DB9 to become the biggest seller yet, with more than 16,000 so far finding homes. Its Jaguar-derived quad-cam V8, originally 4.3 (4.7 litres and 420bhp from 2008) gives brisk performance and an extrovert soundtrack – best enjoyed in the Roadster, which arrived in 2007. The ‘S’, with 430bhp, arrived in 2011. Buying guide, Vantage issue 1.
SPECIFICATION Engine 5935cc, V12 Power 540bhp @ 6650rpm Torque 465lb ft @ 5500rpm 0-60mph 4.4sec Top speed 195mph
The Lagonda name hadn’t been seen since production of the controversial wedge-shaped Series 2 ended in 1990, but in 2015 it was back, on a brand new luxury saloon – and one that made more than a few visual nods its famous forebear. Based on the Rapide S but with a longer wheelbase to make it a full four-seater, the Taraf combined sumptuous accommodation with almost supercar levels of performance, but at a price – with the addition of a few bespoke options, buyers saw little change from £800k. SPECIFICATION Engine 5935cc, V12 Power 510bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 420lb ft @ 5750rpm 0-60mph 4.1sec Top speed 190mph
The V12 Zagato is the most recent Aston to feature the badge of the famous Italian styling house – though in fact this particular Zagato was styled by Aston’s own Marek Reichman. It was another strictly limited edition: in this case just 101 were made. Based on the V12 Vantage, the Zagato was rebodied in carbonfibre and aluminium, though the mechanical package was virtually unchanged. Still, since the V12 Vantage was already one of the finest drivers’ Astons of all time, that was hardly a concern – even at £396,000 a pop.