The V8 Vantage offers entrance into the exclusive club of Aston Martin ownership at a price not much more than that of an optioned-up Porsche 911. Of course, you can always spend more on the V8 Vantage S or the V12 Vantage. Even at $185,650, the twelve-cylinder Vantage strikes us as a comparative value. The Vantage's shorter chassis makes it lighter and more nimble than its more expensive siblings, and the V-12 engine is the same 510-hp V-12 found in the DBS. It is 0.2 second quicker to 60 mph and yet sells for $94,926 less than Aston's most expensive car. The Vantage's appeal extends deeper than numbers, too. It's a true driver's car. Regardless of which engine is under the hood, the Vantage rewards the driver with communicative steering, responsive handling, and authoritative thrust. The V12 Vantage is available only as a coupe with a six-speed manual. The V8 Vantage offers a choice of a manual or a six-speed automated manual transmission and is available in either fixed-roof or droptop form. Like the rest of the Aston range, the Vantage boasts an exquisite interior with clumsy ergonomics and a simple, slightly outdated style. The smaller wheelbase also means a tighter cabin, which can be an inconvenience for taller drivers. The N420 edition adds a dose of visual distinction with carbon-fiber body add-ons, carbon-fiber sill plates, a sport suspension riding on ten-spoke wheels, and Alcantara seat inserts.
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