It’s been a little while since I’ve been behind the wheel of the new Vantage, which just a few years on doesn’t feel quite so new any longer. At the 2018 launch of the car, a few days, the car was fresh and exciting, the second big step forward for an Aston Martin in the process of being rebuilt mid-flight.
- Stunning looks
- V8 is strong and sweet
- Heritage doesn’t get better
- Schizophrenic drive modes
- Dated interior tech
Now, with CEO Andy Palmer out and his vision for the brand’s rebirth in question, it’s hard to not look at the Vantage in a different light. This car, the second new model to get a thorough makeover, was repositioned to move it farther away from the venerable. The Vantage is literally edgier, riddled with aerodynamic devices and tuned to feel up on its toes and ready for a fight.
In Portugal, on a passionate day-long encounter, I confess I was pretty smitten by the thing. Now, in the real world, on imperfect roads and small towns much closer to home, the Vantage is a bit