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    Aston martin prototype

    Aston martin prototype

    I saw one without the livery on it on the M6 3 weeks ago. Onto twistier roads and the steering starts to really impress. Unlike many turbocharged engines, it only gets stronger as you pile on more revs. Grevious omission of the clever diff on the manual?

    Aston martin prototype

    Aston martin prototype

    Aston martin prototype

    Aston martin prototype

    Aston martin prototype

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    The basics have been well detailed in our previous stories on the car. The dashboard reports various functions are unavailable and the interior has the unwashed aroma that suggests many engineers have spent many hours sweating in it. It feels tighter inside than the DB11 , and not just because of the lack of rear seats, with switchgear and gear selector buttons clustered lower on the centre console.

    The position of the seat closer to the windscreen also means that the fat A-pillars eat more front-quarter visibility. The Vantage is definitely Aston fast. The Vantage is firmer and louder than the DB11, thanks to both chunkier chassis settings — the adaptive dampers lack a Comfort mode, with Sport their base setting — and a rear subframe that's mounted directly to the body without any insulating bushes, improving rigidity at the expense of refinement.

    Aston martin prototype

    Still, the car tracks impressively straight and accurately at higher speeds. Onto twistier roads and the steering starts to really impress. The device can produce a huge lb ft of locking torque almost instantly, but, unlike a conventional limited slip differential, can also fully disengage when not required.

    The result is outstanding traction, with the addition of some torque vectoring to sharpen responses yet none of the low-speed understeer that sticky mechanical lockers usually engender.

    Aston martin prototype

    The engine has more than enough low-down torque to keep things interesting, especially with the stability control switched to its more permissive mode or full de-energised. Drivers are going to have a huge amount of fun in this car. Even those in love with changing their own gears are likely to find that a grievous omission. All things considered, we suspect the eight-speeder will turn out to be the better all-rounder.

    Log in or register to post comments caboosemoose. Grevious omission of the clever diff on the manual? Bit of a stretch. Hardly anybody will be able to tell the difference.

    Of the tiny handful that will, they'll probably disagree whether they prefer an active system over a simple mechanical diff. And if they've chosen the manual in the first place, odds are more of them will lean toward that more straight forward mechanical solution over the intervention of algorithms. It looks like a really sad Jaguar F-Type. I just don't think I'm going to be able to get over that grille.

    Aston martin prototype

    Why did they have to make it look like Mick Jagger crying? I saw one without the livery on it on the M6 3 weeks ago. We were all stuck for a couple of hours in stop-start traffic in the Birmingham area so got a good look of it and pictures too! Looks pretty dramatic - it was the same colour as this one in the article.

    I didn't get to see inside but it did have a presence on the road, certainly. So it's not really a base competitor is it? Looks lovely but as someone who can afford a I've no chance on this. It's the issue with all motoring mags - they get free cars and have little understanding of value and price-points. Kindly Contact us via anatolyvyacheslavoil mail.

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