The Vantage GT8 certainly sounds like it means business.
This is probably one of the wildest and most soulful road cars ever to combine a V8 engine with a crossplane crankshaft. It’s as if the regular V8 Vantage S had matured, come into musk and was intent on attracting a mate from the next county.
You might say the car’s extravagant and wonderful soundtrack was covering for something, of course. Although it’s a much better engine now at 4.7 litres than it used to be at 4.3, Aston’s Cologne-built V8 makes only 361lb ft.
That’s more torque than a Porsche 911 GT3 RS makes but, even in a car stripped out to the GT8’s extent, it’s still not a huge amount.
Sure enough, this isn’t the quickest-accelerating track-day sports car your £165,000 might have bought. The 4.6sec it took to hit 60mph from a standstill is a bit misleading as to its true pace, because the flywheel effect of that engine combines with a slightly weak clutch and an occasionally truculent manual gearbox to make the car difficult to launch.