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Video Review: 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

Everyone remembers Pink Floyd, people still listen to Led Zepplin, and the Beatles are most likely making more money now than they did when they were touring. Those bands are legendary because the catalog of music they’ve presented continues to resonate with folks of all ages. Sometimes, however, a band can be remembered for one or two songs. That means this group of musicians will often be forgotten as the days pass by.

Occasionally this can happen to automobiles, especially those in a segment shopped by folks with fancy watches and fancier savings accounts.

If the Porsche 911 could be considered the Led Zepplin of the exotic or high-end sports car group, then perhaps the Audi R8 could be looked upon a representative from Pink Floyd. But don’t forget about Eric Burdon and the Animals… otherwise known as the 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The English singer/songwriter turned the House of the Rising Sun into his best-known hit, despite the fact that it’s a much older song. Aston Martin didn’t write the blueprints for creating a V8, yet the automaker produces its own dulcet tones from the 4.7-liter V8 engine snuggled under the hood of the V8 Vantage.

That engine note has been the ruin of many a small boy… and God, I know… I’m one.

*Please excuse the audio issues we had in the beginning. Also, please excuse the shirt, which I had to borrow from a much skinnier friend because it’s surprisingly difficult to find tuxedo t-shirts these days.

[Disclosure: Aston Martin invited me to spend a weekend with the 2012 V8 Vantage Roadster. This invitation included a full tank of fuel, and an increased level of hatred from my constantly annoyed neighbors.]

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  • Plecostomus

    mic windsock.

    The Sony HDR-CX580V I'm using at work is a little clearer, but the videos are a great addition to the site. I was really impressed with how quiet it was driving the Aston top down – your audio's clear here.

    I enjoyed the piece – overlooking Irvine hills or sommat, I figure? Chino hills has some cool areas to shoot as well that I've seen while riding on my bike.

    • Plecostomus

      dammit, I hit the post button too soon. great work; keep the vids coming. BTW; what are you using to edit?

    • It wasn't that. We had the cable pulled for camera audio but no mic audio in, I was wearing a wireless which is why the rest of the audio is cleaner.

      This was in Irvine, in a development that's not yet finished but not sports two healthy tire marks.

  • Jeremy Clarkson was dead right about open top cars and the sad factor of easy-embarrassment… that moment where passers by hear what hideously unfashionable music you're listening to.

    I took a Mercedes SLS Roadster on a short delivery trip, I had my "reference" home-brew compilation CD with me so I could test the Bang & Olufsen set-up. It meant pulling up at the lights to the mellifluous strains of Voice Of The Beehive, Midnight Oil and Faith No More. In the SLS, Wagner would have probably been more apt.

    Good stuff, Jeff.

    • jeepjeff

      Huh. Must be a cultural difference. Around here, no one cares. I was out walking the other day and got passed by a guy on a Harley (one of the new ones with the stereo systems that are just able to drown out the pipes) blasting some super cheesy R&B. I heard a middle aged woman in an Eos (top down) blasting F— Tha Police a year or two ago. In California, music is something you share with everyone around you, as best as I can tell. I really need to get one of those local-area FM transmitters so I can roll to the sweet sounds of Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad.

      Don't be ashamed. Just own it. Around these parts, I wouldn't be surprised to hear Run D.M.C. blasting from the sound system of an SLS.

      • RegalRegalia

        Wait, if you think run DMC is embarrassing you must be driven solely by shame and insecurity, cuz that shit sounds as good today as it did then. (I say this in levity, remember which orifice opinions are like.)

        • jeepjeff

          Run DMC is great. I was picking something-not-Wagner.

          EDIT: I drive a PMY hooligan-mobile. Shame and Insecurity are not part of my driving experience.

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  • pj134

    An insider note: He made Aston Martin give him the car again so he could reshoot after shaving because of yesterdays thread.

    • HA! False though, this was shot well before the Fiat – we had to work through those audio issues.

  • randomusername

    Nice. I've only seen two Astons outside car shows.. One was an old friends 80s something V8 about ten years ago, the other was a DB9 that was waiting for a tow to the closest dealer 1200km away in another country for a ECU reflash. This is the land where someone purchasing a new Ferrari is newsworthy.

    I would prefer if cars like this came with an option to delete the nav and audio systems. You could also use these reviews as an opportunity to film some driving to properly capture the engine noise in good quality, most of the stuff on has either a wobbly camera, crappy mic, music, excessive wind noise or someone talking. Sometimes all of the above. The Hotchkis Challenger video was awesome. Come to think of it, i would much rather spend my imaginary money on that Challenger than this Aston or a 911 / R8 / whatever.

    • I'd do the same thing…

      I think about that car on a weekly basis. I really need a muscle car to call my own.

      • randomusername

        Years ago each december meant i would spend all my grass-mowing and snow-plowing money on car magazines with next years calendars in them. Unfortunately those calendars were full of the cars that are now the most absurdly priced ones.

        The sweetest perfection to call my own.. It's eerie how well the lyrics work for a car.

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      • Alcology

        How's the search for a good amc going anyways?

  • Kogashiwa

    Somewhat of a relief to hear that the audio system at least is a bit wonky. If everything worked seamlessly it wouldn't be quite an Aston.

  • BobWellington

    I love your reviews, Jeff! Keep it up.

  • Manic_King

    Some years ago Linn, high-end hi-fi maker had head-units and other quality audio parts for AM cars. But after couple years AM went back to Alpine. Not sure who's current supplier. …

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