Once used to denote the highest-performance variant of Aston Martin's model range, the Vantage became its own Aston Martin nameplate in 2005. Since then, it's competed in the sports car category as a fine grand tourer and an example of British craftsmanship. This 2012 Aston Martin Vantage V8 comes to you with excellent specifications and just 35,100 miles since new. Let's find out what it brings to the table.
The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is intrinsic, and while the British superspy usually drives a silver or gray Aston Martin, this 2012 Aston Martin Vantage V8 is already decked out in a tux, with its black paint job. HID projector headlamps glare into the darkness, while LED tail lamps lead the way. It's also wearing shiny black shoes in the shape of black Lexani wheels. Other details of note are the front splitter, rear diffuser, and the bright finish front grille. Red brake calipers are visible through the wheel spokes as well. Inside, there's a comfortable yet sporty tan cabin with seating for two and a luggage shelf behind the power-adjustable leather seats to augment the trunk's capacity. There's also a suede headliner, metal sport pedals, gray trim on the waterfall-style center console, and memory functionality for the two seats. Creature comforts and technological amenities include automatic climate control, an analog clock, navigation, Bluetooth, parking assist sensors, a good sound system, and Aston Martin's signature gauge cluster with contra-rotating speedo and tacho. The navigation screen can fold down unobtrusively into the dash when not required for a cleaner look. The start button sits proud center in the center stack, flanked by buttons for transmission gear selection, and there are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for manual gear changing.
This 2012 Aston Martin Vantage V8 is propelled by a front-mounted 4.7L V8 that puts out 420hp and 347lb-ft, all with natural aspiration. This is good enough for published performance figures of zero to sixty in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 180mph. The drive is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed single-clutch automated manual transmission. Large brakes measuring 14 inches at the front and 13 inches at the rear provide impeccable stopping power.
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