Impeccable Poise Sculpted by Speed
Designed to face the demands of the real world, the V8 Vantage takes the road in its stride
Compiled by Robin Jay
The story of Aston Martin’s rise from a two-man operation working from a small London workshop to a globally respected marque has been long, colorful and often dramatic. A rich and prestigious heritage defines Aston Martin as something truly unique within automotive history.
Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd’, the company has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. Within a year, the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name, and an icon of the automotive world was born.
James Bond’s Iconic Ride of Choice
Since its launch at the turn of the century, thrilling fans at the racetrack, Aston Martin is also extremely proud of its long-term silver-screen relationship with James Bond. The association began in 1964 with the film “Goldfinger” featuring the iconic DB5 and has continued to present day, with the marque’s 11 Bond film appearances.
Models: From Vintage to Vantage
And if 007 were to have his Aston Martin of choice today, he’d certainly consider the V8 Vantage an A-list automobile. Widely acknowledged to be one of the all-time great pieces of car design, the Vantage has effortless presence and an exceptionally clean, sculptural form.
“The Vantage is a modern sports car with classic ideals. Potent, charismatic and blessed with inimitable style and exceptional athleticism, the revitalized Vantage range is the fastest and fittest ever,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO. “Whether you’re drawn to the poise and purity of the V8 or the unprecedented pace of the new V12 S, you’re assured an electrifying driving experience and a car that captures the true essence of Aston Martin.”
An inimitable design packed with innovative engineering and plentiful performance, the V8 Vantage is endowed with truly great sporting dynamics yet offers excellent everyday usability. Award-winning looks, standard-setting dynamics and pulse quickening desirability make the V8 Vantage an excellent choice. With a muscular and musical V8 engine, all aluminium construction and a high level of hand-craftsmanship, it has the same inherent quality and integrity as all Aston Martin cars. And with a choice of Coupe and Roadster body styles, manual or automated paddle-shift transmissions and virtually limitless scope for personalization there’s a version to perfectly suit your individual taste and driving style.
Lithe and low, with minimal overhangs and a foursquare stance, it looks resolutely planted to the road, while the skintight tailoring emphasizes its athletic physique. All Vantage models feature aerodynamic refinements from the Vantage GT4 race program. These include a deeper and more aggressive front splitter, more prominent side sills, a rear diffuser and a tailgate featuring a more pronounced upswept ‘flip’ to reduce lift and increase high-speed stability.
“Vantage GT is also closer than you think, with MSRPs starting from $99,900,” said Ken Gorin, President and CEO of The Collection, South Florida’s premiere luxury automotive dealership housing the globe’s most celebrated automotive brands.
THE COLLECTION Aston Martin is located at 200 Bird Road, Coral Gables. To schedule a test drive, call 305-444-555 or visit www.thecollection.com.