I try not to beat a dead horse but I think I have to make it clear in certain cases that it takes quite a bit to get a rise out of me — at least as it relates to vehicles.

I don't think I am jaded, really.

In the grand touring and sports car world, I just adore Aston Martins. While their reliability is notoriously...British...the reality is that the mix of luxury, comfort and driving dynamics just do it for me. Two thumbs up from Agent00R.

There's just one thing: I haven't driven the new-age Astons. This will change next week as I am taking delivery of the all-new DB11 Volante.

What I am really looking forward to, however, is the all-new Vantage. That's because the last-gen V12 Vantage S was one of my favorite driving experiences ever. That's a pretty bold statement to make after driving various Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens and the impressive Lexus LFA.

Having said that, our friends at Autocar have taken a rather vibrant Vantage out for a spin and give us the lowdown on what it's really like. See what they have to say, below.

This is the new Aston Martin Vantage, the latest model in Aston's resurgence. It's a brawny two-seat sports car with an aluminium substructure, and a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged AMG V8 engine under the hood that powers the rear wheels.

If that, plus the
50:50 weight distribution, sounds like a pretty sweet handling set-up, you should see how the Vantage smokes its tyres around the Portimao race circuit. But it's a roadgoing sports car, too, so we've tested it thoroughly on decent roads as well as on track. Plus we take a look deep under its skin, in the most in-depth Vantage video online.

Aston wants it to be better than a Porsche 911? Can it manage that seemingly implausible feat?

DRIVEN + VIDEO: Does Aston Martin's All-new Vantage Unseat The MIGHTY Porsche 911?

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