Instead of: an 2009 Aston Martin DBS, consider: a 2009 Jaguar XK-R
Its sheer exclusivity and lack of name recognition among the hoi polloi make owning an Aston Martin something special. There's also the whole James Bond connection, the fabulous twelve-cylinder grand turismo driving experience, the snob factor in going British rather than the more common German, and the seductively beautiful bodywork. Well, if you're willing to trade twelve cylinders for eight and lose the 007 affectation, you'll find that the Jaguar XK slips nicely into the Aston's dinner jacket. The XK-R's supercharged, 420-hp V-8 doesn't sound quite as seductive as the Aston's V-12, but rest assured it can nonetheless get you into sudden legal trouble on the Merritt Parkway almost as fast. At any speed, you'll find that the Jag's sculpted sheetmetal has about the same impact as the Aston's on bystanders, since the styling of the two cars is in truth strikingly similar. And of course, you still have the Brit thing, so this car still goes perfectly with those custommade suits you picked up on Jermyn Street last year.