Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Back in the early 2000’s, Aston Martin introduced the Vantage. It was an entry-level model with a V8 engine they designed to compete with the Porsche 911. Wearing the signature Aston design, it has a great looking interior. It also has more than enough power from its 4.3-liter V8.
The Vantage proved to be popular and in demand, especially considering that Aston Martin was and still is a limited-production manufacturer. The success of the Vantage inspired the engineers to think further. What if they took the regular V8 Vantage and installed the mighty V12 engine from the top of the line DBS model? There was only one way to find out.
So soon prototypes roamed around Aston’s headquarters. The engineers were surprised at how good the new car turned out to be. The V12 engine with 510 HP totally transformed the nature of this compact sports car. The Vantage turned out to be a British muscle car with fantastic road manners.
The acceleration was brutal, as well as the top speed. The big V12 didn’t affect the weight distribution or balance. In an era of robotized automatic transmissions, the V12 Vantage came with a six, and later seven-speed manual, which proved to be the enthusiast’s choice. This is one of the last old-school sports cars and a definitive future classic with high value.