The Aston Martin Vantage has always been a great looking car and with the N340 certainly doesn’t disappoint with head turning looks and increased performance and power.
The N430 has been fitted with sharper suspension compared to the standard V8 as well as a little more horsepower; 430bhp to be precise.
It also comes in a broader selection of colours, including shades apeing its racing siblings, has unique dark-finished alloy wheels and lightweight buckets seats all as standard.
The N430 sits a little lower to the ground and the dark alloy wheels are a pleasing touch. The contrasting yellow nose and roof details might not be to all tastes but they are optional
Where some of its rivals might seem like obvious choices, it’s hard to knock the Aston Martin image as it mixes Britishness, Bond and motorsport to great effect.
Space and practicality
It’s clearly a sports car at heart so you’ll only be sharing the pleasure of the N430 with one other lucky person. Space for you and your passenger is reasonable but not exceptional; the roof is low and the transmission tunnel is relatively wide. However the standard carbonfibre bucket seats are very supportive.
The boot is big enough for a fun weekend away or a reasonable shopping trip – and there’s an Aston Martin umbrella in there too of course – but don’t waste your time shopping when you could be out driving it.
Behind the wheel
Some of the N430’s key rivals are significantly younger, but rather than leaving the Aston feeling dated it instead makes you realise that progress isn’t always a good thing. For starters it has a very mechanical feel; the steering is relatively heavy, the gearbox needs a firm hand and the pedal actions are all weighty. That means precision is required, making the experience all the more rewarding.
That lusty 4.7-litre V8 sings a glorious tune and although there is plenty of torque it thrives on revs, building to a crescendo as you reach the red line. The suspension is unquestionable firm, but the way it tracks the undulations of the road and is balanced through the bends makes it worthwhile. It’s a car to make you travel hundreds of miles just to try it on the right kind of road.
Value for money
At a fraction under £90,000 the N430 is far from cheap, but the standard specification is generous and you’ll want for very little indeed. Also comparable cars from Germany are more expensive right from the off, even before you delve into the realms of long option lists.
Source – https://uk.cars.yahoo.com/news/drive-aston-martin-v8-vantage-n430-190500221.html