The new Aston Martin Vantage costs £120,900. For that, you get two seats, an eight-speed automatic gearbox, rear-wheel drive, and an AMG-designed bi-turbo V8 with 503bhp and 515lb ft. Without any fuel or fluids (which is a bit pointless, but we digress) it weighs 1,530kg. Aston says it sorts 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and 193mph flat out.
Lovely. What a hearty, meat’n’veg set of specifications that is. And just as well too. Because for about £120,000, there are a great many very talented sports cars available. Some are old favourites. Some are downright old. Some are lairy, others more cultured. But all of them pose a threat, in some way, to the new kid on Aston’s block. Let’s recap the competition, shall we?