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
Or the Aston Vanquish, which proved the relaxation pod of our trio. In truth, I didn't have high hopes for the Vanquish: the hardest, fastest iteration of the DB9, a car that, despite Aston's protestations to the contrary, isn't looking exactly short in the tooth nowadays. But the Vanquish doesn't feel like a relic. It feels like a properly lovely British GT. The old Vanquish was a hairy-arsed V12, but the new one is a big, chilled cruiser, the sort of country-crusher which would treat you to a bacon roll in Dover and an evening cocktail in Monaco. It rides sweetly, covers the ground at a disarming pace, and boasts one of the very best stereos we've ever heard. And Aston has even ditched the daft dot-matrix display of the rest of its range in favour of a some 21st-century infotainment stuff. What more do you need?
It got Scotland's vote, that's for sure. Though the Aventador set more eyes popping, it was the Aston that generated the warmest glow, the one that somehow sidestepped the whole "you don't have to be an arse to own one, but it helps" vibe that surrounds supercars. The shouty Italians generate loveand vitriol in equal measure, but there's nothing but deep, deep love for the Aston. "Proper class, that," said a bloke in a petrol station (we stopped for petrol a lot). He pointed at the Ferrari and Lambo. "Those two are a bit... Page 3, but you could give - what's her name? - Helen Mirren a lift in that."