Livin' like a 1 Percenter
Understandably it’s an extraordinary treat to get time in just one of this British brand’s cars, but it’s something else entirely when you have an opportunity to sample the breadth of their lineup.
And yet that’s exactly what happened. Earlier this week the company hosted a drive event in Southern California. Select members of the press were offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample nearly everything in the Aston Martin showroom. A broad array of models were on hand and in fact I’ve never seen so many of these cars in a single place at one time.
AutoGuide.com was given a chance to thoroughly sample these rarified automobiles on the twisting asphalt of California’s legendary Mulholland Drive, a route that snakes its way through the rugged canyons and sun-drenched hillsides of the Santa Monica mountains.
Over the course of a day we sampled four different machines, each of which plays a unique role in the company’s lineup. There was the V8 Vantage GT with its unexpectedly crisp manual transmission, the head-turning Rapide S sedan was well represented, Aston Martin’s ultimate grand tourer, the Vanquish was available for testing and I also evaluated the V12 Vantage S, a car that shocked me in many ways. We’ll have full reviews of each model in the coming weeks but until these stories go live here’s a brief overview of each car just to whet your appetite.