Clarkson on Aston’s V12 Vantage
Posted: 21 May 2010
Speaking of which. The car I drove was a six-speed manual. There were no paddles behind the steering wheel. There was no torque converter. There was no double-clutch frippery. You do the work yourself by shifting a big gearlever that feels like it might actually be the Terminator's dick. I like a manual in a car of this type. It's like growing your own vegetables versus buying some from the supermarket.
Actually, it's nothing like growing your own vegetables, but you know what I mean.
Is it fast? Yes. Very. It's one of those cars where you pull out to overtake and think, "Oooh. This might not be on." But then you pass the tractor and are back on your side of the road 100 yards before the blind corner that gave you cause for concern. Maybe a Lamborghini Gallardo is a tad faster. But in the real world, it's not the sort of difference that matters.