It's been a staple of countless James Bond movies throughout the years. Aston Martins have been responsible for helping Agent 007 escape the clutches of some very angry henchmen in hot pursuit. Watching Bond drive Astons on the silver screen has fueled the daydreams of the spy's many fans who see themselves cruising an exotic countryside before reality comes calling in the form of the car's price tag. Here's where the 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT comes into play.
Back in the 1980s, Bond's choice was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT. Today's version of the V8 Vantage GT starts at $99,000, making it one of the more affordable Bond cars when compared against the likes of the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, DBS, and, of course, the DB5. We recently spent a few days behind the wheel of a 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT pretending to dodge calls from Miss Moneypenny and M in favor of cruising down Pacific Coast Highway. As sits, this V8 Vantage GT would set Mr. Bond and MI6 back $108,970 - a small price to pay for the world's most active intelligence officer. This figure also includes a GT Graphics Pack ($3,190), 10-spoke forged alloy graphite wheels ($3,190), and a Technology Pack ($2,690).
By simply looking at the V8 Vantage GT, it's not hard to distinguish just what you're paying for when you opt for the competition-inspired GT Graphics Pack which features yellow accents on the grille surround, A-pillar, rear lower spoiler, and the "GT" emblazoned along the bottom of the doors. We believe Mr. Bond would opt to avoid this optional feature but for those looking for attention, this will do the trick just fine. On one occasion while parking the V8 Vantage GT outside a restaurant, a passerby slowed her pace but locked on to the car before narrowly missing walking into a parked van. The Tech Package is worth the price of admission too as it allows for Bluetooth capability and a flip-up navigation screen.
Then there's the 4.7-liter V8 engine, which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, and the screaming exhaust note that wakes up as the revs climb. This will make it hard for any spy to escape the enemy's mountain lair undetected but chances are they're not going to catch you as this drivetrain is rated at 430 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque. There are other alternatives if all you want to do is go fast (Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, etc.) but the price of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT is a steal if you want to be able to claim membership in an exclusive club.
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