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Aston Martin Vantage

Broadcast dates : 22nd January 2006
28th January 2006

Stirred but not shaken. Thatís a variation on the classic James Bond line referring to the way he likes his Martinis mixed. But it could equally apply to Jamesí relationship with Aston Martin, after the British Sports carís famous co-starring role in the film Goldfinger back in the 1960s.

Aston Martin only became officially represented here a few months ago. But since November 2005 more than forty Aston Martins have already been sold since the launch. Prior to that only a handful of Astons have appeared in South Africa over the past fifty years.

So what else has she got? A 4,3 litre V8 engine with some Ford and Jaguar DNA in there, but specifically built for Aston Martin in Germany. How else can you take on the likes of Porsche in a game the Germans know so well?

To pitch for a top-spot in the sports-car market, the interior has to live up to the stunning exterior. Itís pretty good, with just a few false notes such as the over-emphasised white stitching on the upholstery A subtle approach here would have been much more effective.

But in the dynamic areas, the show and tell department, the Aston needs to shape up. And the good news is, it does.

A British Cobra. Thatís the special appeal of the Aston Martin Vantage, the so-called entry-level model with a "mere" 283 kilowatts on tap.

Thereís an immediacy about the car that takes hold and wonít let go, involving the driver at all times in a way that few cars, with the exception of, yes, Porsche, manage.

The financial muscle that Ford Motor Company has brought to Aston Martin has resulted in a new level of engineering to back up the undoubted classic appeal. Itís got a fine chassis balance, good panel fit, an overall quality to the interior. In short, Aston Martin has entered the big time.

What better time to enter the South African market, than with cars that finally offer a real alternative to the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini?

Aston Martin Vantage
  • Engine: V8 4280cc
  • Power: 283 Kw @ 7000 rpm
  • Torque: 410 Nm @ 5000 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-Speed manual rear-wheel drive
  • 0 Ė 100 km/h: 05.0 secs (Claimed)
  • Top Speed: 280 km/h (Claimed)
  • Fuel Consumption: 17.8 lt/100km (Estimated)
  • Price: R1 450 000.00
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