2020 Aston Martin Vantage review: Best when loud

Why so serious?


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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 zipping around a rain-soaked Portugal, the car was fresh and exciting, the second big step forward for an Aston Martin in the process of being rebuilt mid-flight.

Like

  • Stunning looks
  • V8 is strong and sweet
  • Heritage doesn’t get better

Don’t Like

  • 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 DB series. 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

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Is a second stimulus check happening? Timeline, $1,200 payment and more

If all goes well, Congress could pass a second economic stimulus check package in June.


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Congress seems to be moving closer to a decision on a second round of economic stimulus payments for individuals and families, but details haven’t yet taken shape. We’ve learned since last week that Washington is likely to decide this month if it will begin crafting a second financial rescue package in response to the the coronavirus pandemic toll on jobs and businesses

If Washington does approve another coronavirus stimulus check, it could also be the last. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last Friday that if Congress does take up another round of stimulus payments, it will be the “final” one, CNBC reported. The Senate leader also said that senators could decide in “about a month” whether to move ahead with a second relief check, according to CNBC.

Congressional leaders are already crafting what another financial package would look like. One bill, the Heroes Act, has passed the Democrat-led House of Representatives. It’s worth $3 trillion in total, 50% more than the first $2

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