The Vantage advantage: Eyrewell Forest Motor Company

If one were to catalogue some of the most beautiful V8 engine notes of all time, then the Aston Martin V8 Vantage should be a hallowed member of that list.

Built from 2005 to 2017, the Vantage took its name from Aston’s back catalogue of V8 GT bruisers from the 70s, 80s and mid-90s.

It might have been the baby in the range at the time, but don’t think for a moment this hard-charging British bulldog isn’t capable of making you giggle.

It all starts from pressing down on the Vantage’s key in its slot within the centre console. A fraction of a second later and passers-by are treated to a cacophony of sublime, crackling exhaust noise.

Currently on offer by Andrew Farrow at Eyrewell Forest Motor Company, this 2013 example in white with black accents and alloys also benefits from the updated seven-speed Speedshift II transmission and extra power from that enlarged 313kW 4.7L V8.

Wind it out and its linear torque curve means the Vantage serves up some solid power to play with while feeling completely within your control. Whether wringing its neck or dialling things back for a sedate cruise, this Aston Martin V8 Vantage is one snarling sports car which can do it all, and then some.

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