Doesn’t it make a nice change when you realise that you can actually afford something that you assumed was out of reach? Take Aston Martin for instance. It would be easy to assume that all that glamour and pedigree was always going to come with a prohibitive price tag. Then along came the Aston Martin Vantage…
Don’t get us wrong; very few of us can pay for an Aston Martin Vantage with loose change. It is however in the same bracket as the Porsche 911 and BMW M6 and if you’ve got those two formidable cars in your sights, you should seriously consider this baby Aston as well. As if you need a single reason to test drive one, we happen to have three…
- Plenty of style
- Elite-level driving experience
- It’s an Aston Martin
Plenty of style
Whether you opt for the coupe or the soft-top cabriolet version, there’s no mistaking the fact that this car is from the Aston Martin stable. It might be more compact than the DB9 (it’s over a foot shorter for one thing) but with its rear wheel arches beefing up the back and that imposing Aston grille at the front, it certainly has bags of character.
The insides are rather special too. When you’re looking at car lease deals on vehicles in this class, you sometimes find that comfort has been sacrificed in the name of performance. Not with the Aston Martin Vantage. There’s a real feeling of luxury when you’re sitting in the Vantage cabin – something that it has in common with the DB9. With those lovely sports seats, it’s comfortable too: something you’ll really appreciate when you get to put the car through its paces on long journeys.
In cars such as this, vestigial rear seats tend to end up being rather redundant – so rather sensibly, Aston Martin has taken the decision to do without them. This has the advantageous effect of maximising space up front for the driver and passenger, which means even very tall sports car fans should have enough room in what is a satisfyingly low seating position.
Elite-level driving experience
When looking at car leasing deals in this class, motorists want to be sure they’re going to get the most possible out of their car of choice. Although there’s a paddle-shifting transmission available, most motorists who want the full Aston Martin experience are probably going to want to opt for the traditional stick – which happens to be incredibly tight and responsive.
A lot of thought has been put into achieving optimal weight distribution. The 2014 Aston Martin Vantage houses a 4.7-litre engine that sits up front. The transmission lies at the rear to result in a font/rear weight distribution ratio of 49:51. This, along with the fact that the centre of gravity is set behind the line of the front axle makes for superb handling overall – and cornering in particular.
The fact that the original 4.3-litre engine has now been replaced with a 420 bhp 4.7-litre model has ensured that the Aston Martin now competes with the Porsche Carrera S in terms of acceleration. The Vantage can get from rest to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds – as well as being able to hit a top speed of 180 mph. What’s more, improvements to the chassis and suspension mean that drivers can really get the most out of that increased power – resulting in a highly exhilarating yet controlled ride.
It’s an Aston Martin- and a 2014 Aston Martin Vantage at that
The 2014 Aston Martin Vantage makes it possible to be able to get your hands on a 2014 Aston Martin Vantage for around the £80,000 mark if you’re considering an outright purchase option. What’s more, the initial sting of buying outright can be avoided if you consider the various car leasing deals that are available on this model. This latter option begins to look even more attractive when you consider the fact that this car certainly holds its value.
So far as cost of ownership is concerned, perhaps what’s most impressive in the 2014 Aston Martin Vantage is the fact that despite moving up from a 4.3-litre to a 4.7-litre engine, both fuel economy and emissions have been improved in the new version. Expect to get 20.4 mpg on the combined cycle and just over 27 mpg on the open road.
The final word
The 2014 Aston Martin Vantage is everything you want from a sports car in this bracket – and it helps of course that it comes with an impeccable pedigree!
What do you think of the 2014 Aston Martin Vantage?
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