The 2009 Aston Martin Vantage is similar to the DB9 – but it has been given upgrades to the power and performance. The engine used went from 4.3 to 4.8 liter and the output went up to 420horsepower – which is up 40. Torque has also increased by 44 pound-foot to 346. Stepping into this sports car after you have opened the â€˜swan wingâ€™ doors makes you feel like you can do anything in it even before you turn the car on. The Vantageâ€™s interior is covered with soft leather and buttery Alcantara and was put together with great care.
Steering feel is a bit heavy once you get under way, but the wheel lightens as you gather speed. Thereâ€™s a bit of road noise that makes it into the cabin at highway velocities, but never enough to make the Vantage feel noisy, or worse, uncivilized.Â The 3595-pound Vantage responds quickly to any direction you give, and since 85 percent of its mass sits between the front and rear axles, it feels ready and willing to rotate when necessary.
The manual transmission produces the usual visceral advantages over the paddle shifter, though a bulky armrest crowds the driverâ€™s elbow a bit, especially when rowing through the gears. Sportshift-equipped V8s donâ€™t present the same ergonomic issue. Strong stops require firm pedal pressure, and though the ventilated four-piston Brembos offer potent deceleration, a more aggressive setup (or perhaps optional carbon ceramics) would feel better suited to this carâ€™s abilities.
The rear transaxle-mounted gearbox makes the carâ€™s weight transfer progressive as you snake the Vantage through the corners. Heavy throttle with that traction control switched off confirms the V8 is more than capable of sliding the tail out. The chassis feels stiff and responsive in the twistiest sections of road, and the V8â€™s tire sliding capabilityâ€”especially when equipped with the Sport Packâ€”distinguishes it from Aston Martinâ€™s traditionally insulated grand touring machines.