Dressed up with gauche stripes and gaudy accents meant to mimic the company’s racing cars, the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT demands to be driven with vigor. Bring the V-8 to life and relish the way it responds quickly to throttle inputs, then enjoy the way the exhaust note urges you to play the musical scales. Thrust the tall shift lever into first gear, give the engine a few more revs than you expect (the vague clutch obfuscates its bite point), launch the car, and run the sonorous V-8 toward its redline. In the style of old-school, naturally aspirated engines, the 4.7-liter mill’s output swells in time with its revs, with peak torque arriving fashionably late at 5,000 rpm.
More than any other model in the British carmaker’s lineup, the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT is all about driving. Think of it less as ultra-suave James Bond and more as the gritty, aggressive action-movie antihero. It’s neither the fastest nor the prettiest nor the most technically advanced Aston money can buy, but it’s the one that inspires us to drive, not cruise. This Vantage GT is all about winding roads, not valet parking.
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT Specifications
|Engine:||4.7L DOHC 32-valve V-8/430 hp @ 7,300 rpm, 361 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm|
|Layout:||2-door, 2-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe|
|EPA Mileage:||14/21 mpg (city/hwy)|
|Suspension F/R:||Control arms, coil springs/Control arms, coil springs|
|Tires F/R:||245/40R-19 / 285/35R-19 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A|
|L x W x H:||172.6 x 73.4 x 49.6 in|
|Shoulder Room:||54.8 in|
|Cargo Room:||10.6 cu ft|
|Weight Dist. F/R:||49/51|
|0-60 MPH:||4.6 sec|
|Top Speed:||190 mph|