A stunning and styling framework and a brawny V12 engine make the Aston Martin DB9 one of the most sought after cars in the world today. This vehicle continues almost unchanged for 2006, which is typical of such a high-priced, low-volume vehicles. Sleek and low-slung, the DB9 is available as a two-seat Volante convertible or a 2+2 coupe. The DB9 replaced the DB7 in 2004. As sought after as this vehicle is, it is surprising that the production of the vehicle is limited to only 2,000 units per year worldwide.
The new 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, however, is a two-seat sports car. It is beautifully built, performs brilliantly and while the ergonomics aren’t perfect, they’re not bad. All Aston had to do to achieve was give up some Britishness. And at $119,340 the Vantage is a bargain.
As a sculpture the V8 Vantage is one of the most stunning sports cars of all time; the body is tautly stretched over the 102.4-inch wheelbase with minimal overhangs, the fenders cover the 19-inch Bridgestone Potenza tires with devastating sensuousness and the windshield is fitted into its one-piece aluminum frame at such an extreme angle that the car’s profile is practically ballistic.
The Aston Martin is definitely one of most sophisticated brands on the market today, and they made no exception with the V12 Vanquish. Available as either a two or two plus two seat coupe the V12 Vanquish will accelerate to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and 100 mph in under 10 seconds. Through the application of advanced design techniques and materials it is lighter, stiffer and stronger and offers superior performance to that of the V8 engined Vantage model which it replaces.