2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The rear 3/4 view of a blue-and-yellow modified 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage in a parking garage

Cushioning supercars might be the closest thing to monkey paws in the automotive world. Sure, they can be cheap to buy, but like other high-end sports cars, they’re not always cheap to own. Still, sometimes the naturally strong temptation to slip behind the wheel of an affordable Exotic works. And that just might be the case with this 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage manual currently listed on Cars and Auctions.

A 2006-2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a very stylish alternative to the Porsche 911

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2006-2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Motor 4.3 liter V8 (2006-2008)
4.7 liter V8 (2009-2017)
Power 4.3 liters: 380 hp
4.7 liters: 420 hp
Couple 4.3 liters: 302 lb-ft
4.7 liters: 346 lb-ft
Gearboxes Six-speed manual
Six- and seven-speed automated manual transmission
Unloaded weight 3595 pounds (2006)
0-60mph time 5.1 seconds (manual 2006, Car and driver)
4.3 seconds (2009 automatic, Car and driver)

Even though James Bond did not drive this DB5 in The golden finger, the name Aston Martin would probably still be synonymous with stylish supercars. However, styling alone doesn’t keep the lights on. That’s why when Ford owned Aston, the British brand decided to create a more “entry-level” model, something to take on the Porsche 911. Namely, the 2006-2017 V8 Vantage.