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Offline cjay


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pure car porn, very nice  :thumbsup:

was that a fuel tanker arranged by AM in the tunnel? would prob need it before long :D



Offline OzCarSightings

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Nice one Ash, a day with 3 Astons is hard to beat.

We'll be doing a drive/shoot with the DBS in a couple of weeks, I'm assuming it'll be the exact  same car then.



Offline app


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wow, love the pics ash, sounds like you had an awesome day out there

beautiful looking cars...oh sorry that's IMO (just being careful :rolleyes:)



Offline AshSimmonds

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Nice one Ash, a day with 3 Astons is hard to beat.

True :tilt:

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Photos of the DBS Volante interior please.

I'll see what I have - but I doubt I really took anything useful, we were on the go a lot so there wasn't much thought going into getting certain shots, plus I'm crap at those sort of pics, you'll have to wait until:

We'll be doing a drive/shoot with the DBS in a couple of weeks, I'm assuming it'll be the exact  same car then.

So put in requests for specific shots now.




Offline OzCarSightings

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Haha, there you go....4 > 3.

Yeah we have the DBS for an entire day and will do a full review on it so I'll definately get some interior shots.






Offline AshSimmonds

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First part of the morning the keys (well, the fob thingy) to the V12 Vantage were chucked to Tim and I.

Starting it up is a matter of sticking the fob into a slot in the middle of the dash - quite reminiscent of a cassette-tape, with a nicer soundtrack - and holding it in until the exhaust reports back that all is well and good.  It's a strange setup, to switch it off you poke the fob again and it ejects (again, like a tape-deck) - I'm just uneasy with it probably because the first car I drove when I was about 13 was a Landcruiser which had this pinball-like knob you pulled from the dash to enable the engine to run - and my idiot brother thought it hilarious to randomly turn the car off while driving along.  So I just wonder whether it's possible with this setup...

So anyhoo - time to take off, hold on - he's having trouble with disengaging the handbrake, which appears to be disengaged already and is located by the door.  Luckily it clicks with me they probably stole/shared the idea with those other pommy gits Lotus - so I tell him how it works on a Lotus which he tries and now we're good to go...

Damn - another snag...  Marcel told us the clutch take-up was very high, and he had a lot of really cool technical explanations about the mega gearbox and clutch setup - but in the end, it just means it's difficult to get used to for a newcomer - this of course second-hand word from Tim compared to his Gallardo - but I've driven cars with a high take-up and it's quite disconcerting initially.

The seats - well racing buckets - are very taut but huggy.  This results in a rather low seating position - so your view is monstered by the huge dash - only later when driving the V8 Vantage did I come to understand this view was completely due to the seats.

I'd love to give an opinion on how it felt - even from a pax perspective - but mostly the half hour we spent in it was just getting used to the whole big front-engined V12 thingy and chatting about it.  It certainly felt sporty and tight, but beyond that I can't comment much - however we saw it from behind being driven by the AM engineer - it was damn impressive.

The worst thing was we were disappointed with the noise.  It was only later when following it that we realised just how dam magnificent it sounds!  The problem for the driver is, you just don't hear it, it's kind of a distant howl that seems disconnected - you simply have to be content knowing that everyone else's ears are melting as you drive by.

As for beauty of sound and vision - as a front-engined car I can't recall encountering anything that really competes.


Well - the boys at Top Gear have a lot more time and money than I do to put something together, here's what they came up with:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR9So0NylD8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR9So0NylD8</a>


And here's the Fifth Gear round-up:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQVRj0ExVfQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQVRj0ExVfQ</a>




Offline AshSimmonds

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So after just enough time to become comfortable with the car, we switch cars and partners - hence the "speed dating" part of the title :p - I end up in the pilot seat of the V8 Vantage with Marcel the engineer from AM shotgun, first thing he asks is "are you ok driving a manual?"...  :mischief:

Anyhoo - I think it took maybe 3 gearshifts and 2 corners before I was settled into this car after jumping out of the V12 - it's just really easy to grab a hold of.  Obviously being not my car to properly use I wasn't willing to push the little button which shows an Aston Martin doing a burnout to switch traction control off, but I frequently had the little TCS light flashing on my dash - that little disco light just annoying enough to let you know you could be having more fun.  Dammit - I I hit the rev-limiter a few times too, hunting for those few extra ponies before cogging up.

What I noticed right away was how good the visibility was compared to the V12 - see at this point in time I couldn't have told you bupkis about any of the cars - all I knew was that they were Astons, and so it surprised me when I was told the Vantage I was driving now was basically the same as the car I just got out of except for the engine and race seats - they really felt like two completely different cars.

Other funny thing is - the sound for the driver on the V8 is more rewarding than the V12.  The V12 has a spine-tingling howl that slaughters the V8, but the problem is when in the car it's too quiet - only passers-by and people following know how damn good it is.  The V8 Vantage though - it booms and growls and pops and farts, it gives all the right feedback to the driver so you can have some of the fun too.  On the V12 my suggestion is that they install the exhaust pipes on the front of the car.

The ergonomics are fantastic - not much more need be said - the only niggle I had was that the dead-pedal encroaches too much on the clutch.  I got used to it pretty quickly, but now and then when you go for a fast gearchange you find your heel just clips the dead-pedal unless you specifically use just the ball of your foot.

V8 Vantage - vision, sound, drive, and satisfaction - all rate beautiful.





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Offline AshSimmonds

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Irresponsible reporting - they should have peeled it all the way back to reveal you actually had the keys to VOLTRON - DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE!!! :D




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