How far has Aston fallen? Not in a business sense, as I am sure it is more successful and stable then ever, but in a design sense. Being a child of the ’90s I was not around for the likes of the great Miura and E-type, but I do remember the day the DB9 came out. Never have I seen such a perfect car from launch. Its sleek and sophisticated exterior was everything you could want. Even the interior, with the crystal starter and bamboo dash seen on the launch cars, was spot-on.
This was followed by the V8 Vantage – again spot-on – but now we have this new Vantage [above left], which looks like the failed gene splicing of a Renault Mégane and a Tamiya bodyshell. What a shame. Mathew Robinson