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Her Majesty's Pleasure
In the rarefied world of exotic automobiles there’s something for just about everyone, so long as their wallets are sufficiently engorged. For customers that wish to be smothered in comfort and morally objectionable amounts of luxury Rolls-Royce offers a host of suitable automobiles that will surely exceed their needs. If someone wishes to attract attention a brightly colored Lamborghini is hard to beat; they’re unsurpassed when it comes to ego-fluffing. And of course for eccentric drivers interested in something completely off the wall there’s the Koenigsegg CCX. Lady Gaga, your car is ready.
Boutique British brand Aston Martin falls somewhere between these extremes. Their products are opulent but sporty, outrageous looking yet tastefully designed, special without being completely obscure. They’re James Bond’s top pick and a fine choice for anyone lusting after something exceptional.
Aside from the laughable Toyota-based Cygnet city car the V8 Vantage Coupe is Aston Martin’s entry-level offering. With two seats, two doors and rear-wheel drive it has all the ingredients of a true performance machine. However, the S model is a step up from there, and the Roadster is yet another rung up the ladder. This dramatic drop-top is an extraordinary car and the subject of today’s AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection.
If you love the sound of Aston Martin‘s growling V8 (who doesn’t?) then we have a treat for you. The British sports car company has just released extensive footage of the new model racing around the famous Ascari circuit in Spain.
An upgrade over the standard Vantage model, the S gets a slight bump in power to 430-hp, as well as a new 7-speed gearbox that has shorter gear ratios and 20 percent quicker shifts. Other changes include a revised front fascia with an even larger front air intake, new side sills, a modified rear bumper, some stunning 19-inch wheels, a modified suspension package and new ratios for the power steering help improve driving dynamics.
But enough about the details, hit the jump to watch over 8 minutes of rorty V8 awesomeness. Don’t forget to turn up your speakers.
GALLERY: Aston Martin Vantage S Debut in Geneva
See the video after the jump: