The Aston Martin Conundrum

Pricing information was just released for the finally-coming-to-America Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The “standard” version is priced at $179,995 and the Carbon Black special edition will set you (well… not “you”) back $194,995.
This raises a question – why buy the DBS? The Bondmobile is priced almost $100,000 higher yet the two cars have nearly identical performance figures. Personally, I think the Vantage even looks a little better.
The V12 Vantage is now available for you (again, most likely not “you) to order and the first cars will begin appearing on dealer lots in the fourth quarter of this year.
If you were in the market for a new Aston Martin two-door…which would you choose?

17 Comments

  1. I agree. The Vantage performs as well and looks better than the DBS. You're just paying for prestige.
    I'd be happy with a V8 Vantage. Very happy. Extremely happy.

  2. DB9 Volante in Glacial Blue with Cream Truffle leather seats and Bamboo facia trim.

  3. Who says "Not ME??" I could get one if I wanted, I, er, just would rather have a house. Yeah! A nice house, (maybe not that nice) maybe with a pool. Above ground, of course, but still. A POOL! Who wants to come over?

  4. For that kind of scratch I'd build a bigger garage and get several cars.
    Maybe a Caterham for hooning – 27K here: http://usa7s.net/vb/showthread.php?t=5025
    A 65 Lincoln for cruising – 19 K here: http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/l
    A classic Mini for running errands – 15K here: http://www.minimania.com/web/id/8579/Cars4Sale_De
    An Audi for commuting – 24K http://www.bargainnews.com/viewad.cfm Show_Notepad=Yes&bnAd_ID=91365203&TheDealer=2337
    And maybe a conversion van for trips: currently 35K: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GMC-Savana-AWD-NEW
    That's 120K, which leaves $59K for the garage.

  5. If I wanted a two door Aston Martin (I do), and had unlimited funds (I don't), I would still probably pick up a used DB7, which are currently selling in the $40k-$50k range. Unfortunately, that's still a bit steep for my meager bank account, but someday…
    Someday.
    *sigh*

  6. yeah, that's a damn good question. Considering the V12V is prettier (although that's almost impossible to pick), sounds nastier (for sure), has the same engine with the same power, and is smaller, lighter, and nimbler – and it's 100k cheaper?
    Maybe it's just that it'll be easier to find a DBS! Who knows. I'd kill for either. But I'd kill for the V12V first.

  7. V12 Vantage please Santa. Down here (Australia) there isn't a price in the local car mags yet for the V12 Vantage, but a DBS is over half a mill. As is a Gallardo. 997GT2? $450K +. Just as well it's always sunny down here. That's some compensation for the punitive car prices due to to the government's taxes on luxury cars.

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