Everyone remembers Pink Floyd, people still listen to Led Zepplin, and the Beatles are most likely making more money now than they did when they were touring. Those bands are legendary because the catalog of music they’ve presented continues to resonate with folks of all ages. Sometimes, however, a band can be remembered for one or two songs. That means this group of musicians will often be forgotten as the days pass by.
Occasionally this can happen to automobiles, especially those in a segment shopped by folks with fancy watches and fancier savings accounts.
If the Porsche 911 could be considered the Led Zepplin of the exotic or high-end sports car group, then perhaps the Audi R8 could be looked upon a representative from Pink Floyd. But don’t forget about Eric Burdon and the Animals… otherwise known as the 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The English singer/songwriter turned the House of the Rising Sun into his best-known hit, despite the fact that it’s a much older song. Aston Martin didn’t write the blueprints for creating a V8, yet the automaker produces its own dulcet tones from the 4.7-liter V8 engine snuggled under the hood of the V8 Vantage.
That engine note has been the ruin of many a small boy… and God, I know… I’m one.
*Please excuse the audio issues we had in the beginning. Also, please excuse the shirt, which I had to borrow from a much skinnier friend because it’s surprisingly difficult to find tuxedo t-shirts these days.
[Disclosure: Aston Martin invited me to spend a weekend with the 2012 V8 Vantage Roadster. This invitation included a full tank of fuel, and an increased level of hatred from my constantly annoyed neighbors.]