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My brother who has never owned an Aston called me after reading the R&T article on the new Vantage. " Hideous" was his comment.
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My brother who has never owned an Aston called me after reading the R&T article on the new Vantage. " Hideous" was his comment on the new Aston.
Enough said!
Spot on.
 
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Originally Posted by larryg View Post
My brother who has never owned an Aston called me after reading the R&T article on the new Vantage. " Hideous" was his comment on the new Aston.
Enough said!

You're brother doesn't know what he's missing. I love the new styling!
 
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You're brother doesn't know what he's missing. I love the new styling!
Oh, so you're the one.
 
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I see where they might have been trying to go with the new style, but they missed the mark a little. I waited 2 years for the new engine and trans, but when I saw the body for the first time I went running to find a 2016 GTS.
 
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I really don't like China Grey, and mine is filthy. And please excuse the grainy pics, this contract is almost up and this phone will be replaced with a better camera. I thought about taking my Canon but doubted I'd have a chance to park beside it. They suck but they're good enough so compare lines.

And it's very unfair to both comparing a 1st gen body, a second gen would be much more fair with the splitter and extended ducktail, but I don't understand how anybody can't see the Aston lines in the new V. The DNA is absolutely there. It spent some time in Chernobyl and has mutated greatly, but it's still Aston DNA, on steroids. Nobody has to like the way it's evolving, but if it's not moving forward it's falling behind. And it makes my car look "vintage, while the new one, may be a little too modern for me. But every time I see it it grows on me a little more.













One thing I can guarantee, I've been pulled over 3 times in the last 14 months, a warning [86/65], a $54 delaying traffic [97/65 blowing by him in the fast lane], and a "Keep it down" [mid 70's in a 45]. If I'm driving that new wolf, I'm probably suspended right now, but in my pretty car, no points and a $54 fine.
The pictures show good contrast between the two... there are enough design cues so there is no mistaking it's an Aston... not sure which one...?

I figure I'll have 5-8 years to let it grow on me...

FWIW I wish the local LEO's here in Florida were more generous in doling out tickets... I'm on my last "life" here...5 times to take traffic school to avoid points. . I've used up 4...

worst was 120 in a 55 on an on ramp (this was in my Porsche) ... wrote me up for 15 over...
 
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Another unkind observation I will make about the new car after seeing your side by side photos:

Although it does not actually appear to be too much taller, it looks SO much taller due to the 'styling'.
 
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The side by side pictures are very telling. Thanks for doing that. It really highlights how fussy and over designed the new car is while somehow also removing the little jewels that make the original car so elegant yet aggressive and interesting.

I don't understand the comments about the company trying to appeal to different customers. It's very well documented that it takes alot more resources to get a new customer than to keep an existing one. Unless your customers are dying off (like the problem Cadillac was having 20 years ago), it's a very expensive mistake to alienate your current clients.
 
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The pictures show good contrast between the two... there are enough design cues so there is no mistaking it's an Aston... not sure which one...?

I figure I'll have 5-8 years to let it grow on me...

FWIW I wish the local LEO's here in Florida were more generous in doling out tickets... I'm on my last "life" here...5 times to take traffic school to avoid points. . I've used up 4...

worst was 120 in a 55 on an on ramp (this was in my Porsche) ... wrote me up for 15 over...
You have to learn when to take some points and when to take the school. We don't get that option here except once every 5 years you can go to school to drop 2 points, it doesn't avoid them though. We do have a 297 exception where you can change a points ticket into a non points for twice the fine, but you can only use that once every 5 years.


I heard it was very difficult to lose your license in Florida.
 
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Another unkind observation I will make about the new car after seeing your side by side photos:

Although it does not actually appear to be too much taller, it looks SO much taller due to the 'styling'.
It is definitely taller, longer, and far wider. Not sure how much taller, I know 3" longer and 5" wider so it is a bigger car, but I can tell you tall men will have no trouble in this one. I'm 5'9" and I have my seat all the way back, I don't know how tall people drive a previous V8V. In the 2019 I had to put my seat at least 4" forward to get the pedal feel right and it's got loads of headroom.
 
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It is definitely taller, longer, and far wider. Not sure how much taller, I know 3" longer and 5" wider so it is a bigger car, but I can tell you tall men will have no trouble in this one. I'm 5'9" and I have my seat all the way back, I don't know how tall people drive a previous V8V. In the 2019 I had to put my seat at least 4" forward to get the pedal feel right and it's got loads of headroom.
You must have long legs. I'm 6'1", 34" inseam, my seat has a plenty of backward travel left to go.
 
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32" inseam. My seat is all the way back and my legs still have a good bend at idle. With it on the floor it's pretty straight though.
 
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Most auto manufactures have this problem of following up an iconic car, Ferrari Dino, Jaguar E-Type, BMW 3.0 CS , Chevy 1969-70 Camaro ,ECT.
I think Aston Martin made a big step, instead of an evolution.
They went for a revolution. As I have said before, I like the new Vantage mostly. The front is not perfect and the interior is a bit busy. But I am willing to see how it holds up and what the first styling changes will be. Don't forget, that most customers and press have been on Aston Martin about there lack of tech, on the engine front and Nav, sound systems and more. So they took a big leap to try and compete.
Will I be trading my 2016 GT soon? Not until there is a stick in the new Vantage in a year or so. And I come up with a lot of money. Until then, I love my GT.
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Everything is just awful on the new Vantage. All the carbon diffusers and what not are way out of proportion. What is with that sculpting on the bottom of the doors? It throws whatever lines in had going for it off. They even put the gas cap on the wrong side of the car (for us yanks).
 

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Ron,
Having owned two Dino's, four E-Types, a 3.0 CSi and of course my V8V, I agree that these were very tough cars to follow.
 
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