*With the wind behind it. Official top speed now stands at 198mph – which is still very fast
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The Top Gear car review:Aston Martin Vantage
For:Gorgeous but fairly subtle styling, glorious noise. The V12 option
Against:Steering judder and kickback, feels a touch heavy
What is it?
Aston’s smallest sports car, the Vantage is a similar size to Porsche’s iconic 911, so not quite as wide or unwieldy as larger supercars. Gently revised since launch in 2005, it remains one of the best-looking vehicles on the road – a testament to Aston’s ability to create genuinely timeless classic design. It’s not exactly a cheap option, with the basic 420bhp, 0–62mph in 4.7, 4.7-litre V8 listing at over £90k, but you do get a sense that you’re in a ‘proper’ 180mph Aston Martin, with all the pub bragging rights that entails.