For It looks and sounds the part, and shares the same physical, manly sort of a drive as any other Vantage - fantastic fun in the dry.
Against By supercar standards, it's perhaps not quite as quick as you might expect, and the combination of a V12 engine, near-slick tyres and wet roads is a potentially frightening one.
What Car? says
This one is for show-offs. It's certainly an appealing model, but not the best in the range.
What Car? readers say
View the whole Aston Martin Vantage Coupe range
Target Price team says:
At last, an Aston Martin that is almost affordable for the masses yet retains all of the hand-made charm that has characterised the British firm's best work.
The Aston Martin Vantage may share much of the style of its more expensive brethren, but it has lower maintenance bills, although you'll still have to fork out plenty at the fuel station.
However, the Vantage rewards in other ways, such as its sublime handling, amazing acceleration and noise from either of its engines and surprisingly good refinement that makes it a serious everyday proposition. A 300-litre boot for the coupe model means it can carry a set of gold clubs, though space is tighter in the open-top Roadster.
Aston hasn't skimped on the equipment list, either, and the Vantage comes with all of the goodies you'd expect of a car of this class, calibre and cost. A pity, then, that Aston doesn't include curtain airbags.
Reader test team says:
It is absolutely gorgeous. People often stop me and comment about it, its a magical thing to own - it mkaes you feel good evertime you step inside.…
Bought this after I got rid of the awful Gallardo Coupe, with it's Audi centre console. This car is in a totally different class, with which others…
I waited a long time to final get this car, the dealer made more mistakes than I care to remember and there were the inevitable niggles such as the…
Well, my Dec 06 AMV8 Vantage is a total dog! It cuts out frequently (11 times so far...) which is great fun at speeds plod would frown upon,…