Clarkson on Aston’s V12 Vantage
Posted: 21 May 2010
The figures don't really do it justice. You get 510bhp and 420lb ft of torque, but you get that much power and even more torque from a four-door AMG Mercedes these days. And while the Aston sounds delicious, its crisp, precise exhaust note is drowned out completely by the burning dinosaur noises coming from the back of the Benz.
It's the feel that matters though, and this is where the Aston scores. An AMG V8 feels as though it's running on a blend of coal and dead animals, whereas Aston's V12 revs so fast and so smoothly that you're going to spend most of your time sitting on the limiter, scarcely believing that it can be time to change gear again.