|Reviewed By||SCM Staff|
|Price as Tested||$265,000|
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.
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?
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|
|Fun to Look at|
Nov 01, 2008