Aston Martin Vantage S – Class Combined With Comfort
As modern technology advances, so too do modern supercars.
Gone are the days of the Lamborghini Countach, a car that was so lacking in driver comfort it only had a small section of the window that opened ... well, opened halfway. With lightweight materials readily available to manufacturers, high performance no longer has to come at the cost of equipment levels and comfort. The measuring stick for supercar success is no longer restricted to being the quickest vehicle on the road, a supercar has to be luxurious and driveable too. So the current crop of cars that occupy a spot at the pinnacle of automotive engineering is much more forgiving and user-friendly than their forebears.
Extraordinary cars that can perform ordinary tasks
Modern supercars come stocked with all the creature comforts that you’d expect from a modern car. With all but the most track-focused supercars, you’ll get an entertainment system, digital dashboard, climate control, parking sensors and electronically adjustable seats, at the least. The price of speed is no longer comfort.
Not only will you find a modern supercar to be a much more comfortable place to sit, you’ll find it to be a much more comfortable driving experience too. Courtesy of adjustable driving modes, you can take a car that is focused, aggressive and thrilling on the track, and turn it into something a little more relaxing and easier to drive on your everyday roads. Plus, with modern safety equipment, you no longer feel as if driving a supercar is taking your life into your own hands - we’re looking at you here TVR.
And all of this is before we even get onto the subject of reliability.
The modern supercar is a feat of precision engineering birthed from meticulous designs in a high-tech factory. It’s no longer less reliable than a dial-up internet connection. You can drive it further than 10 miles without the fear of breaking down. You can drive it on a summer’s day without worrying about overheating. You can even drive it in the rain, secure in the knowledge that your windscreen wipers will actually work and you’ll be able to see where you’re going.
Supercars are still super
Whilst supercars have become more usable and accessible, thanks to our memberships, supercars still hold a special position in the world of motoring. Their occupation of top spot in the four-wheeled automotive pyramid is secure; they remain the pinnacle of automotive engineering. Their performance is unparalleled, their good looks unrivalled.
You don’t have to be a petrolhead to understand the exhilaration that comes from spending time in a supercar. From the car nerd to the person who views their car as nothing more than a means of getting from A to B, everybody recognises a supercar when they see one.
Nothing else on the road offers the same sense of theatre. The burst of adrenaline that accompanies every instance of acceleration. The moment of pause as you approach the vehicle when you can’t help but stand still and stare for a bit.
Supercars being useable does not detract from their uniqueness. It is not a case of ordinary tasks reducing a special car to mere ordinary status. A special car raises an ordinary task to extraordinary status.
The Aston Martin Vantage S - a car for everybody
Within the supercar world, Aston Martin stands tall at the forefront of British engineering. The Vantage S has a V8 engine packing 420 bhp and 490 lb-foot of torque and a recalibrated Touchtronic III transmission that helps to access its performance whenever you want it. And that performance will see the Vantage S whisk you from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and keep on whisking until you reach a top speed of 190 mph.
It has the drop-dead gorgeous styling that has become synonymous with the modern Aston Martin. Add in its exquisite handcrafted interior and it’s no surprise that you feel like James Bond as soon as you grab the steering wheel.
This is a proper GT car. A Grand Tourer in the truest sense. Able to combine the comfort required for long distance travel, with the ability to enjoy the twisty stuff once you get to wherever it is that you’re going. All in all, it’s the perfect car for surprising your grandkids. And that’s exactly what members Monica and Martin did. On a summer’s day, the couple headed to AutoXotica at the legendary Donington Race Track. Once there, they collected the Aston Martin Vantage S that was going to be their accompaniment for the weekend ahead.
Whilst the Vantage S has a V8 engine and astonishing speed, it’s a modern supercar and is accessible to everyone. So both Monica and Martin were able to drive the car and get the full supercar experience. They had a lot of fun, making the most of the supercar at their disposal and generally feeling pretty special throughout the whole experience.
But that wasn’t enough for Monica and Martin. They wanted more. For them, that didn’t mean heading to a race track or spending time with a racing driver. It meant sharing that feeling around.
They wanted other people to get the same feeling they had. So they headed off to Cambridgeshire to surprise their grandchildren. The grandkids were amazed, to say the least. They never expected to see their Gran turning up at their door in a supercar. And better yet, they got to go out for a spin and experience it for themselves.
Monica said, “It was a chance I never dreamed we would have. I couldn’t believe how excited the grandchildren were to come out for a ride with Gran.”
Experience it for yourself
Do you want to drive an Aston Martin Vantage S? Do you want the emotive experience of driving one of the world's best cars? Because you can. Supercars are amazing, thrilling machines; but they’re now more accessible than ever.