Aston Martin Vantage For Sale

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Used Aston Martin Vantage for sale

When the modern-era Aston Martin V8 Vantage debuted in 2004, it marked a pinnacle moment for a brand often teetering on the edge of uncertainty. Following the success of the DB9, the V8 Vantage distilled its allure into an even more captivating two-seater, blending it with a rugged character that propelled it to become Aston’s top-selling model. Fast forward to 2018, and the announcement of its successor promised more power, enhanced technology, and a striking new appearance.

The range and the offering

Since its launch, the Vantage range has seen both expansion and streamlining. In 2020, a Roadster variant debuted with a fresh front-end design, which was also an option for the Coupe. A limited 200-unit AMR model with a Graziano seven-speed manual transmission followed in 2019, later becoming an option for standard Vantages before being discontinued in 2020. Aston Martin also introduced an F1 Edition, leveraging its Formula 1 involvement. While not directly competing with the Porsche GT3, the F1 Edition brought valuable chassis and calibration enhancements, sharpening the Vantage’s performance. A flagship V12 Vantage was unveiled, strictly limited to 300 units, all pre-sold before its public announcement. Despite the complexities, the Vantage remains one of the most engaging and charismatic sports cars available. While some rivals may excel in track-focused performance, the Vantage’s appeal lies in its rugged charisma and distinctive road presence, making it a standout choice for enthusiasts seeking an exhilarating driving experience.

How is it to drive?

Its quick and precise steering helps build confidence in the front end, allowing you to appreciate the impressive level of grip it offers. While the ride may feel a bit firm at low speeds, it quickly finds its groove, with subtle lateral movement reinforcing the feedback from the steering and chassis. In its more relaxed modes, the adaptive dampers provide a smooth ride on the motorway, making it one of the more comfortable options in its class. As you pick up speed, the low driving position creates a sense of being at the heart of the action, enhancing the car’s agility. The firmer damper modes come into play in faster corners, providing greater body control. Although it may not match the composure of a 911 or R8, the Vantage’s movements are predictable. Traction has improved significantly, with the rear axle handling the turbocharged V8’s power with confidence. Pushing the throttle to the limit reveals the Vantage’s balanced character, with a manageable level of oversteer thanks to its connection to the rear axle and precise steering. While the traction management system can sometimes feel heavy-handed, the stability control’s Sport mode calibration is impressive, allowing for spirited driving without straying too far from the intended path. The F1 Edition builds on these strengths, enhancing the driving experience. It may not rival the GT3, but it’s a welcome addition to the line-up. The Roadster offers a different experience, with a slight increase in weight affecting the suspension’s finesse. However, this is offset by its appeal as an open-top sports car, offering a more playful and flamboyant driving experience than a Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

Running costs and what to check before buy one

Aston states 263g/km CO2 emissions and a 24.3mpg return at the pumps. You’ll have to treat the latter with a pinch of salt, as low 20s is more realistic with gentle use. With such aggressive geometry at both ends and a penchant for torque, budgeting for a new set of the Vantage’s Aston Martin-specific Pirelli P Zeros every eight to 12 months is a worthy enterprise. When buying an Aston Martin Vantage, it is essential to consider various factors to ensure a well-informed purchase and to potentially avoid common issues associated with these luxury vehicles. The condition of the vehicle is the first thing to take into account. It’s easy to spot a car that has not been looked after, with obvious damage to paintwork, wheels, and leather. Every car purchased by Alexanders Prestige goes into our in-house body shop, where it is inspected for any imperfections inside or out. These are then corrected prior to the car being put on sale. Maintenance records are the next thing to look at. These ensure that the car has been serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s schedule and that this has been carried out at an Aston Martin main dealer or Specialist garage. Some things aren’t easy to spot from the outside, and at Alexanders Prestige, every car is put through a rigorous mechanical inspection prior to sale. Finally, if the car is not still covered within the manufacturer’s 3-year warranty period, we provide a 6-month Platinum vehicle warranty, meaning you can drive away with peace of mind knowing you’re covered.

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