2024 Aston Martin Vantage Review

The Aston Martin Vantage is a true dual-purpose sports car, capable of delivering an engaging performance both on the road and on the track. Our drive began on the road, allowing us to experience the various driving modes and settings that tailor the car’s behavior to different road conditions. The Vantage feels confident and agile on smoother asphalt, with a reassuring honesty to its handling and a reasonable amount of agility.

Aston Martin experimented with rear-steer but ultimately decided the Vantage was sufficiently agile without it, thanks to its short wheelbase and well-tuned suspension. The weight distribution is a perfect 50:50, contributing to the car’s balanced and predictable handling at speed. The differential and damper responses are controlled by a sophisticated system that monitors the driver’s inputs and adjusts accordingly to provide the best possible driving experience.

On the track at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville, the Vantage’s performance was even more impressive. The car’s road behavior was amplified on the track, with a touch of steady-state understeer that could be managed with careful throttle and brake inputs. The steering response was precise and the rear end felt more lively, allowing for controlled slides and predictable handling.

Overall, the Aston Martin Vantage is a charmingly capable bruiser that excels both on the road and on the track. It offers absorbing and involving road dynamics, with steering that filters out the bad and lets the good through. The car’s various drive modes and settings allow the driver to tailor the driving experience to their preferences, from Wet mode for slippery conditions to Track mode for maximum performance.

While the Vantage may feel more at home as a road car, it certainly proves its capabilities on the track as well. With more track-focused versions likely in the future, the Vantage is a versatile and capable sports car that delivers a truly engaging driving experience.

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