ALL THE ROAD CARS 2005-present

V8 Van­tage/v8 Van­tage Road­ster V12 Van­tage/v12 Van­tage Road­ster

VANTAGE - - The Specialist Post Vintage - 2015-present

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.

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