Ocean Magazine : 9 September October 2006
There is the desirable Aston Martin V8 Vantage; the Jaguar XK; the elegant Mercedes SL 500; and the raw Porsche Cayman S. Four unique, but different coupés in a market that's as tough as they come. They're also four cars you can't really compare, because each offers something different, exciting and enthralling. It's pedal to the metal as we look at a series of automobiles that command attention. Aston Martin V8 Vantage There are very few sports cars on this planet that carry the prestige, power and passion of Aston Martin. Let's face it, the name alone gives you goosebumps. But what is it about Aston that's so exciting? I think it comes down to several things. There's the overall feel, performance and handling of the car. Then there's the incredible, unique roar that comes to life after 5000 rpm. And for many of us, it all stems back from when James Bond (played by Sean Connery) first got behind the wheel of a DB5 in the 1964 film, Goldfinger. While many Astons have left the English factory since 1964, I personally love to relate the new V8 Vantage back to the DB5. There is the gorgeous front grill, the aggressive looking vents on each side of the main front compartment, the small, sweeping back rear windows, and the tiny boot. This is also a car you could picture that relatively young 136 | ocean DRY RUN Coupes Commanding attention In the market for a race- bred sports coupé? In a special feature, OCEAN looks at four unique automobiles in the market that are bound to arouse some really deep goosebumps.
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