Nov 01, 2008
Reviewed By SCM Staff
Price as Tested $265,000
Likes

Evil exhaust note, solid structure, decent view out of the cockpit, Hand of God brakes, beautifully stitched leather and Alcantara interior, and over 500 hp delivered via a near anachronism – a real 6-speed manual transmission, which I applaud Aston for offering where Maserati does not. You can tell me all day long that an SMG and paddle shifters are more efficient and smarter than I am. I don’t care. If it doesn’t have three pedals, I don’t want it. A real manual transmission separates the committed from the poseurs and those looking for a fashion accessory rather than a sports car.

Dislikes

I’m reaching here, but I could have lived without the tach needle that spins counterclockwise to the speedo, the balky fly-off handbrake and the Swarovski crystal “key”. Can’t I just have a stamped metal key to turn?

Verdict

Makes a compelling argument for getting very rich by any and all means necessary. I’m amazed at how user-friendly exotics have become over the last ten years. A generation ago, Road & Track had about a 50/50 chance of getting through a test without something major breaking, overheating or otherwise failing. You could easily drive this Aston every day.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower over 500hp