Aston Martin V8-Vantage Coupe Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  July 5, 2013


Aston Martin is always recognised for the perfection in craftsmanship, beauty of design and most notably its powerful engines. The sports car maker has always been on the forefront when the words speed, luxury and identity are referred to in the automobile world. The V8 Vantage Coupe is one of its masterpieces and the company has built this car around the concept of power, comfort and utility. Powered by a bulky V8 engine and carrying a strong yet lightweight body, the car lets the driver go the furthest when it comes to speed and handling, thanks to the wonderfully engineered drive equipment from the company. The entire structure is not only aerodynamic in proportions but is also solid keeping the cabin safe during dangers.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe is available with a single engine and has wide range of equipment as options both for interior and exterior. Some unique colour shades in the list of options for this sports car are Appletree Green, Mariana Blue, Madagascar Orange, Cobalt Blue, and Sunburst Yellow.

Powertrain & Performance

The powerhouse of this marvelous Coupe is a 4735 cc, V8 petrol engine which is equipped with variable inlet camshaft timing technology and race car inspired exhaust manifold to deliver superb power and torque characteristics. The maximum power delivered from this motor is 420 bhp @ 7300 rpm and peak torque comes out as 470 Nm @ 5000 rpm. The sports car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. With this powerhouse and the excellence of 6-speed gearbox the car can touch a maximum speed of 290 km/h.

There is an automated Sportshift transmission which comes as an option, has electro-hydraulic mechanism which lets the gear shift takes place swiftly in the order of hundreds of milliseconds. The paddle shift lever on steering wheel is perfectly positioned for easier shifts and sporty drive.

Build & Styling

The sculpture of V8 Vantage Coupe is very much Aston Martin with trademark distinguishable characteristics like horizontally split six louvre chrome grille, muscular bulge over bonnet and the C-shaped tail lamp. The entire body structure uses lightweight magnesium aluminium alloy for increased strength. There are air-vents which are stylishly carved over the sides with chrome finishers and the rear gets muscular haunches which displays the sheer power of the sports car. The roof line smoothly extends till the tail adding to the aerodynamics of the machine. The large 19-inch alloy wheels with well treaded tyres become an addition to both dynamics and aesthetics of the automobile.

The interior of this sports coupe is mould to be sporty as well as luxurious, delivering comfort at every inch and pleasing the sight through remarkable craft work done by skilled personnel at Aston Martin. Seats fabricated with full grain leather upholstery are designed to provide optimum support to both passenger and driver while there is an electric control system to further position these seats according to the comfort necessities of individuals. Automatic temperature control system makes the interior space more delightful. To make every drive more thrilling there is 160W Aston Martin audio system which pleases passenger and driver with their favourite music. The instrument cluster finished with aluminium displays information in a three dimensional profile view which makes it easily readable from the seats.

A wide range of equipment and components are designed in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe to keep the passenger and driver away from danger. The structure is not only tough but also carries beams and high-strength components to provide all-round protection when there is a roll-over or crash. Electronic monitoring equipment and actuators like ABS, Traction Control, DSC and Positive Torque Control ensure better driving safety by monitoring brakes, steering and behaviour of wheels. Apart from these there are airbags which deploy to protect driver and passenger when there is a collision.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Lightweight alloy body structure
    •  DSC
    •  Electrically adjustable seats
  • Cons

    • Expensive