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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster: 90% Awesome

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is a case of old meets… well, old quite frankly. Is that a bad thing though? The answer is both yes and no. Stylistically, the Vantage is one of the great lookers out on the road. It’s also packing a wonderfully shouty 6.0-liter V12 engine that cracks off tons of power.

It doesn’t crack off clean shifts though, and that’s a bit of a problem…

[Disclaimer: Aston Martin loaned me the keys for a long weekend. The automaker included a tank of gas. I turned that fuel into glorious noise.]

  • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    90% is pretty good. That's an A- in most schools. If you're an A- average and have those kinds of looks, you could wind up as a sideline reporter.

    Who am i kidding, those looks alone will get you that gig.

  • wunno sev

    agreed with your comment in the end about a good automatic. when maserati put a decent conventional automatic into the quattroporte, instead of that automated manual thing they started with, is when most auto journalists decided that the car was tolerable.

    not that i've ever driven an aston or a maserati, so my comment is pretty meaningless. but the way i figure it, automatics are pretty good these days. if i can't have three pedals, i'd at least like to not dread changing ratios.

  • Rover_1

    That grille shape makes sense with the headlights nudging into the top of it and informing it's shape.

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/1952_Aston_Martin_DB3.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    <img src="http://www.larevueautomobile.com/images/Aston-Martin/V12-Vantage/Exterieur/Aston_Martin_V12_Vantage_001.jpg"width="600"&gt;

    It is now just a meaningless graphic device on the DB10.

    <img src="http://images.gizmag.com/inline/aston-martin-db10-1.jpg"width="600"&gt;

  • Waywords

    I know that it was the background music making those annoying Jetsons -like noises, not the car. Right?

  • Dean Bigglesworth

    I love automated manuals. Dual clutches and slushboxes are just, well, boring in their technical superiority. Especially in a car with any sporting pretensions.