This is the new 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage "S" Roadster. This new "S" model incorporates many new performance enhancements to the already capable Vantage. The most unique addition is the SEVEN speed "automated manual shift" paddles behind the steering wheel. It took some getting used to, but after some practice I learned to really enjoy the paddle shift, though I would still prefer a manual transmission.
This car proved to be all about balance. The 4.7L V8 engine puts out 430 h.p. and 361 lbs. ft. of torque, not big numbers for cars at this price range (about $165,000), but the chassis on this car is so good that every bit of the horsepower is maximized. Then, there’s the sound this car makes. This just might be one of the best sounding V8 engine roar on the planet.
Special thanks to James Smith for the car to car and jib arm shots. Also, thanks to Eric Matuschek for letting me chase him and his sport bike up the canyon.