Clarkson on Aston’s V12 Vantage
Posted: 21 May 2010
In a track-day car like the GT3, I can see the point of specialist tyres like this. When tenths matter, they make sense. But the Aston isn't really a track-day car. It's an everyday sports GT. It has a boot and MP3 connectivity and aircon and satnav. So why can't it be used in the rain? Seems daft if you ask me.
Worse still, though, is the bonnet which is now fitted with four giant carbon-fibre snow shoes. Aston makes noises about how these unpainted vents reduce air pressure in the engine compartment, but we all know the real reason. It's so the V12 buyer is not muddled up with the riff raff in the V8s.
A stupid, stupid decision that panders to stupid, stupid people.