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Man Maths: 2009 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

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Dan Prosser | Ti co-founder


25 May 2024

We’ve got history, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and me. The baddest baby Aston was brand spanking new when I drove one home from the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2009. There I was, only 22 years old, unleashed upon a derestricted German autobahn in a 510bhp Aston Martin with no supervision whatsoever. It’s a wonder I made it across the border into Belgium.

That I got the car home without incident is nothing short of a miracle. By the time I’d done so, I had decided it was the finest motor car ever built. I adored that thing – its gorgeous styling, which seems so understated now, its fabulous V12 motor, the weighty manual gearshift and those lovely fixed-back bucket seats, which were optional but so worth having. I also loved the way it drove, how it was part hotrod and part pure sports car – a thug in every sense, right up until you tipped it into a corner and found a sylph lurking within.

The engine was the centrepiece, of course. Someone said you could pour a bucket of water over the top of the engine and the road underneath would remain bone dry, so snugly did the V12 fit within the Vantage’s snout. It sounded magnificent – a deeper tone than a shrieking Maranello V12 (click here to read our Ferrari V12 triple test), but so well suited to the car’s brawny character.

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