Top Gear drives the Aston One-77
AM said no writer would drive its £1.2 million hypercar. We didn’t get the memo...
Posted: 15 Oct 2012
Even when you take into account the One-77's official release date. Aston says that a double-clutch 'box wasn't on the cards for a variety of reasons, mainly that they tend towards the expensive, big and heavy, and that, given the time frame for One-77 development, one would be impossible to engineer quickly enough. Not forgetting the issues regarding cost versus benefit for such low-volume production. But this gearbox, extrapolated and strengthened as it is from the paddle-operated version you'll find in a regular DB9, albeit driving through a magnesium-alloy torque tube and with a carbon-fibre propeller shaft, just can't do the rest of the One-77 justice.
After just three or four gentle three-point turns, the car started pinging warning lights about an overheating clutch. It slurs between ratios with huge head-nods between ratios in virtually any gear - although especially in the lower ranges - and, compared with what we're used to, lacks finesse or fine control.