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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 380 hp @ 7300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

  • Fast and beautiful to look at, the 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an achingly desirable sports car.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Gorgeous styling, rewarding handling dynamics, small production numbers ensure exclusivity.

  • Cons

    Narrow seats and footwells, thick pillars, unknown reliability.

  • What's New for 2006

    The 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an all-new exotic sports car.

Full 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review

What's New for 2006

The 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an all-new exotic sports car.


Many automakers have tried to design sports cars to take on the seminal Porsche 911. Success has been elusive. The latest automaker to give it a shot is Aston Martin. In the midst of a revival, the brand hopes its all-new 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage will be the 911-slaying silver bullet.

Designed to be the most accessible vehicle in this performance-oriented automaker's lineup, the V8 Vantage costs about $110,000, although the price could rise to as high as $120,000 by the time desirable options such as a navigation system and full leather trim are added. That's about $20,000 more than a fully loaded 911, but Aston buyers are assured of greater exclusivity, as only 2,000 or so units are expected to roll out of AM's plant each year in Gaydon, England.

The new Vantage is possibly the only car in the world that can make the gorgeous DB9 look less than perfect. As a sculpture, the V8 Vantage is one of the most stunning sports cars of all time; the body is tautly stretched over the 102.4-inch wheelbase with minimal overhangs and the fenders cover the 19-inch wheels with devastating sensuousness. The windshield is fitted into its one-piece aluminum frame at such an extreme angle that the car's profile is practically ballistic.

Underneath, the "VH" (Vertical Horizontal) structure that underpins the Vantage is an intricate assembly of aluminum extrusions, steel and magnesium castings and composite body panels, all bonded together with advanced adhesives, self-piercing rivets and welds so beautiful you can run your fingers over them and never feel a bump or a joint.

The Aston's firepower comes courtesy of a 4.3-liter V8 engine. Although a handful of components are shared with V8s used by Jaguar (the two share parent company Ford), Aston says its engine is very much its own. It develops 380 horsepower at 7,300 rpm and 302 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. By introducing a dry-sump oil system, Aston's engineers have been able to mount the engine low in the chassis. It also sits behind the front axle so this is very much a front-midengine car. The weight distribution is a respectable 49-to-51 percent front to rear.

Away from the numbers and on the road, the 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is indeed a very appealing choice for a no-excuses sports car. It's beautifully built and a brilliant performer. There's no doubt that it could be as pleasing to own as a Porsche 911, and the experience would be enhanced by the rarity induced by the car's newness and limited production. But make no mistake: The 911, with its prestigious racing history, rich model lineup and reputation for durability and resale, is in no danger (yet) of losing its status as the ultimate all-around sports car.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an exotic sports car with a hatchback design. It comes standard with 18-inch wheels wearing 235/45ZR18 tires in front and 275/40ZR18s in back. Inside, the Vantage comes with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, power seats and a six-disc CD changer. Many optional features are also available. These include 19-inch wheels, HID headlights, a navigation system, upgraded leather upholstery, a premium audio system, heated seats and a variety of different wood or metallic trim interior highlights.

Powertrains and Performance

Under the hood is a normally aspirated 4.3-liter V8 engine that makes 380 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed transaxle. Getting to 60 mph takes 5.1 seconds and the quarter-mile passes by in 13.3 seconds at 106 mph.


Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control and side airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

The new Vantage shares its fascia architecture with the more expensive DB9. Quality leather upholstery and a glass starter button that illuminates in red when pressed greet the driver. Whereas the DB9 has a couple of token rear seats suitable only for go-faster babies, the Vantage is strictly a two-seater. Accommodations for most drivers are adequate, but larger pilots might find the seat and footwell to be too narrow. Outward visibility is hampered by the car's thick pillars. For gear stowage, the V8 Vantage has a 10.6-cubic-foot cargo area that's accessed via the rear hatch.

Driving Impressions

Though other sports cars costing considerably less money can match or better the Vantage's straight-line performance, none, with the exception of the Porsche 911, can provide such an enjoyable and exotic driving experience overall. On a curvy road, the Vantage moves confidently. It slides progressively and returns to its intended path with little drama. The 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is what it looks like: a seriously fast sports car that delivers on the promise made by its wide tires, gorgeous sound and svelte proportions.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.3L 8cyl 6M)

I am another Porsche guy that switched to Aston. The last 10 years I had 5 different Porsches including the latest 997 C2S. Exclusivity is the key. Porsches are extremely common and Astons are so special. I know there is a lot of talk about reliability issues but the moment you hear the engine sound above 4000 rpm you forget about all the bad things and you get big satisfaction without even the need to go fast. A very cool car, no doubt!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent - best sports car

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Vehicle: 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.3L 8cyl 6M)

I have had a Porsche and numerous BMWs. For me, this is the treasured prize. The quality of the interior and refinement of the exterior combined with the reliability I have experienced to date make this the finest auto I have ever owned. One article described it best - it is 95% of the performance and 200% of the "WOW" factor of the Porsche Carrera. The cornering and straight acceleration are a notch inferior to the Porsche, but the pride of ownership and fit and finish ar far superior than anything else. Try it... you'll like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Wonderful car

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Vehicle: 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.3L 8cyl 6M)

I have owned several different model Porsches, but none compare in looks, attention, and driving pleasure and ability than my 2007 AM Vantage. This car is quality and stunning in every way. It exudes the fact that it is hand built from bumper to bumper. The low growl when pressing the start button, and even much more so when reaching 4000 rpm, is exciting. Some say the 380 horse power engine is not enough. They must be on drugs because for a non-racer like me, it has plenty of responsiveness. The amount of positive attention and accolades you receive in driving this car is often downright embarrassing. I could write a book on overwhelming positive public reaction this car draws.

Love that v8 vantage

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Vehicle: 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.3L 8cyl 6M)

I have to say I love pushing the crystal ignition button, hearing the gutteral vroom that gets me on my way. I love the looks and drive of this vehicle. I previously drove a BMW 540i and I currently also own a Dodge Viper. Have had no major problems with the vehicle.

I love my vantage

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Vehicle: 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.3L 8cyl 6M)

I took delivery of my Vantage in December 2006 and have put 7000 miles on the car so far (as of June 2007). I absolutely love the ride, the quality, and the beauty of the car. I have owned Porsches, BMWs, and a Ferrari, so my expectations for the Aston were high. I can say that the car has met and exceeded those expectations. The biggest surprise has been the handling, which is better than I hoped. Although not as tight as the Carrera, it is extremely easy to drive the car on winding roads with lots of confidence. I have not driven the car on the track as I did the Porsche, so I can't compare hard-driving experience, but that isn't what I bought the Aston for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Beauty only skin deep

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Vehicle: 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.3L 8cyl 6M)

AM does not know how to make cars in large quantities and it shows with the V8. Failing gearboxes, lack of torque and smouldering clutches followed by lamentable excuses for the lack of quality from AM technical people were some of the resons why I got rid of the car after eight months. A porsche 911 S with a sports exhaust and the sport chrono option is not as pretty as the V8 but will go quicker, be reliable, make noise, retain its value and is cheaper. Watch AM V8 residual values drop as the quality issues come to light.The car is slow, that is why everyone says it needs more torque.The build quality is not what you would expect. Check warranty history if you are buying a used car.

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