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
|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
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.
Although it shares some parts with contemporary Fords and Volvos, the “VH generation” V8 Vantage is a true Aston Martin. It has a rigid bonded aluminum chassis, swan-shaped doors, machined aluminum gauges and “a spectacular leather interior.” Car and driver Remarks. Plus, while the V8 Vantage’s, uh, V8 is derived from a contemporary Jaguar and Ford engine, most of its parts are bespoke, Hagerty said. And the engine, which is technically front-mounted, is hand-built, just like the rest of the car.
Despite its transaxle configuration – with limited-slip differential – aluminum chassis and Brembo brakes, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is not as sharp as the 911. Newer cars, with larger engines as well as retuned steering and suspension, get closer, however, Hagerty Remarks. But don’t despise any V8 Vantage, especially not the first ones.
On the one hand, it’s a better sports car than the contemporary DB9. On a twisty road, the V8 Vantage feels smooth, quick and neutral, Car and driver reports. In addition, its hydraulic steering is communicative and well dosed, especially at high speeds. Yet this luxury GT is also comfortable enough for everyday use.
Plus, despite being cheaper than the DB9, the Vantage is just as special on the inside, not to mention the outside. Hagerty don’t call it “one of the most beautiful automobiles ever built” lightly. Even 15 years after its first appearance, the Aston Martin Vantage is still striking, more so than any contemporary 911. And no 911 chugs and roars with an Aston V8 soundtrack.
You can bid on this tastefully modified 2006 Vantage manual at Cars and Auctions
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As we’ll discuss shortly, the 4.2-liter Aston Martin V8 Vantages are arguably underpriced for what they offer. Thus, some enterprising owners began to modify them to bring out their sporty character more. And that’s what the 2006 V8 Vantage owner’s manual currently listed on Cars and Auctions did.
From the factory, this 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage features GPS navigation, rear parking sensors, heated seats and a premium audio system with a six-disc CD changer. And, as stated before, lots of leather. But it also has Aston Martin Racing OZ wheels and Vantage GT suspension components as well as V12 Vantage side skirts. Additionally, it has a starlight headliner, hard-wired dash cam, and yellow interior and exterior accents. There is also a paint protection film on the front and the exterior mirror caps.
Overall, this V8 Vantage is in excellent condition. The only flaws are a few stone chips and wear to the driver’s seat, and it has just under 40,000 miles on the odometer. It also has a zero accident history. And the seller just replaced the oil, battery and tires.
With the right care, an affordable Aston Martin V8 Vantage can be a reliable supercar
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As of this writing, this 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is listed at $35,000 with three days remaining in the auction. True, cheaper Aston Martins have appeared on Cars and Auctions. But that’s over $13,000 cheaper than the cheapest example currently listed on Autotrader. It’s also about $5,000 less than Hagertyfair condition assessment. And keep in mind that these cars cost around $110,000 when new.
Since this is a used supercar, potential bidders should consider a pre-purchase inspection. But the regularly-driving Vantage V8s are more reliable than you might think. One of our old writers owned one and never had a problem with it.
However, things like oil and fluid changes can be expensive if you don’t DIY, but not quite to the level of DBS. Also, factory clutches don’t last very long, although aftermarket replacements are sturdier, Car and driver said. Additionally, based on the mileage of this Aston Martin Vantage, the PCV valve may need to be proactively replaced. Fortunately, some Vantage parts are interchangeable with cheaper Ford parts of the era.
Yet it’s an affordable Aston Martin, an exotic that remains special. Tempting, right?
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