Ferrari F12 vs Aventador vs Vanquish
The finest V12s from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin head to wildest Scotland for a 36-cylinder shoot-out. Stand back
Posted: 30 May 2014
The Vanquish? You wouldn't, I suspect, be too keen on the upholstery of our test car, which resembled nothing so much as the skinned hides of JD Sports's most lurid shelf of fashion trainers. Nor its grotty ‘quartic' steering wheel, which always feels like it's upside down. Luckily, you don't have to option either: exercise a little restraint and the Aston's cabin is as classy as any in the business. You might share my suspicion that, with its carbon implants, the Vanquish isn't quite so elegant as the standard DB9, but Scotland disagreed with us on that. Most of all, you might notice that, for the hardest, fastest car Aston makes, the Vanquish doesn't actually feel especially hard or fast, at least not in the company of this pair of Italian nutjobs. But don't forget that the Vanquish checks in more than £50k cheaper than either the F12 or the Aventador. With options loaded, this car's £110,000 lighter on the wallet than our Ferrari.
The Aventador? There's much that would irk you - the pedals, the gearbox, the hourly stops for fuel - but that's what you're buying into. The big Lambo is a supercar in the most traditional sense, a cantankerous, histrionic drama queen, but one with some proper talent beneath all the shouting.