2019 AS­TON MARTIN V8 VAN­TAGE

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ON SALE: Now

BASE PRICE: $152,820

Ah, the smaller, an­grier As­ton, our July 2018 cover star. Light and ag­ile with gear­ing that fa­vors ac­cel­er­a­tion, the Van­tage is a su­per sports car, not a grand tourer. It shares its AMG-sourced 503-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with the DB11 V8, plus the eight-speed auto and some sus­pen­sion bits, but the Van­tage has a dis­tinc­tive driver­fo­cused de­meanor. It’s the most af­ford­able As­ton, but don’t let the price fool you. As our Basem Wasef summed up dur­ing his first drive: “If the grand touringori­ented DB11 was the com­pany’s ini­tial at­tempt at re­def­i­ni­tion, the V8 Van­tage serves as one hell of a launch for As­ton Martin’s driver­fo­cused sec­ond act.”

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