Bernard Lin

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Double O - The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

When people mention the brand Aston Martin, what would you think of? It's the car James Bond would drive. Great Britain is not only the home of famous Fish n' Chips, Top Gear, Doctor Who, but also automobile manufactures such as the Mini, Jaguar, Land Rover, and the Aston Martin.

The first Aston that appeared in the Bond series was back in 1964. The third installment of the 007 series: Goldfinger. Back then the DB5 was a masterpiece that well represent the elegance of the gentleman British Secret Service agent James Bond. (Img source: Aston Martin)

40 Years later, Aston Martin maintained its family design front grille accompanied with sleek body line to achieve its gentleman aesthetic. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

It was an overcast day, usually I am a bit down because of the weather. But today I'm pumped, because I was able to get a close look at this piece of elegant automobile. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

One of the most memorable part of the car is the door. The doors on Aston Martins don't open like your ricer suicide-like-guillotine style chop your head off kind of door. But they open like an elegant swan spreading its wings, ready to fly. The iconic 12 degree upward opening doors have become a family tradition.

This California Sage V8 Vantage is equipped with a good ol' 6-speed manual gear box. Yes, a foot rest with center audio controller stick. Jokingly aside, it is great to see such a nice GT car with the best transmission method connecting the driver with the car. Every downshift, rev-matching blip of the throttle, and gear shifting makes car enthusiasts appreciate the beauty of mechanical engineering.

Interior is spot on. Full leather interior. FULL LEATHER. I mean EVERYTHING is covered in leather. The seats are comfortable, I did not feel any discomfort during the trip.

The Aston family has a very special presentation of your relative speed. Same as the ride feedback of the car. You're actually doing 70 when you feel like you're only doing 40. It feels... quiet.

You're already speeding while you've only used 1/3 of your speedometer.

This, this is what makes it special. I was hoping to see the crystal keyfob with center push-start key but I guess this works for me too. Aston Martin's center console Engine Start button. It's a button you can't resist every time you get into the car, one could not simply resist the 32-valve V8.

Now an interesting part of the Aston is the center console. Funny thing is that the AC controls are next to emergency blinkers, traction control, and foglights... I guess this is the pinnacle of British engineering.

Under the hood, a 32-valve 4.3 litre V8 is sitting at the front but slightly towards the firewall. Creating a better weight distribution, giving more driving confidence to the driver. (AFAIK, under the front of the engine where the metal plate where it has the name on, it's basically empty. Why? Because weight distribution bro!)

For the TL;DR in short: One of the most refined GT car you can get. Smooth engine and ride. If you like cruising around town, this is top notch.

Sorry if my English sucks, but as more articles I produce the better I will become. Thanks for reading!

(Why yes, no mp3 or wma playback. So you gotta burn CD's. I can't even remember when is the last time I had to BURN CDs...)