Clarkson on Aston’s V12 Vantage
Posted: 21 May 2010
My biggest worry with this car though, is the engine. It is personal thing but I've always preferred V8s to V12s. I know a V8 is inherently unbalanced and a V12 is inherently smoother than a well-made custard. But here's the problem. Think V8 and you think of those American muscle cars with their pig-iron motors that last forever and can be fixed with a hammer when forever runs out. Think V12s and you think of a brittle Ferrari, stationary in a cloud of steam. Big V12, in my mind, is a code for big bills.
And so I'd be faced with a terrible dilemma if I were in the market for an Aston right now.