V8 Vantage, 1500 mile update.

So as you may or may not know, 3 weeks ago I became the proud owner of an Aston Martin. An accolade I’ve been chasing for several years, yet I was always sidetracked into other cars. I took it in part ex for my Audi RS7 and I’ve been using it every day, in little over 3 weeks I’ve covered around 1500 miles. Here’s what I think…

This very car was perfect for me on paper, thanks to a power upgrade, facelift and chassis improvements, it goes much more like an Aston should. So how is it to live with every day? In a few words it’s great but there are some limitations. You can’t have more than one friend at a time, you can’t take more than a satchel worth of clothes or luggage with you anywhere you go (unless sacrificing the passenger seat) and it decimates V power like nothing I’ve owned. The alcantara dash helps eliminate glare from the heavily raked windscreen and the cabin is a beautiful place to be. It’s lack of tech is a little irritating but if you’ve got a day to waste use the antiquated navigation and get lost … a lot. Besides it’s appetite for V power the Vantage feels very manageable to drive unless sitting in traffic for extended periods. (Long clutch pedal with a bit of weight to it). I’m fairly tall at 6ft so I’ve got the seat in it’s lowest setting to eliminate the feeling of sitting on top of the car rather than in it, visibility all round isn’t too bad. However I find the Aston is a bastard to park thanks to its massive nose, carbon fibre front splitter and small rear window, I never really know where I am when reversing so I open the door like I’m in a Countach.

I’ve made a few modifications to the vantage already , most of which are cosmetic. I’ve detailed the wrap, toned the brake callipers down in matching grey (from lime green) and added a small pin stripe on the front lip to break up the front end. In the future I’m planning a remap-tweak, alcantara steering wheel and fitting the standard cats for a little peace on long journeys. (The Larini exhaust sounds great, but wears you down after a while) All in all I’m very pleased with the Aston, it’s lack of pace is more than made up for by beauty and driver involvement in my opinion. However I would definitely take a V12 or DBS if in the position later in life.

My favourite thing about this car is it’s ability to capture peoples hearts. People turn around due to the antisocial exhaust note and their scowls quickly turn to a smile, or approving nod when they see that it’s an Aston. The amount of waves and thumbs I’ve had going about by business or a casual chat at petrol pumps is really endearing and I’m honoured to share it with people. It’s a privilege to own something so beautiful that carries a lot of value to people in the UK I just hope they don’t think James Bond got fat.

Published by Sam Busby

a big nosed bearded idiot who likes to write about cars. Lucky enough to have owned a few quick ones too.

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