Aston Martin V8 Vantage Is The Best Supercar You Can Actually Afford

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I've been looking into buying a fast, RWD/AWD 2 door coupe, and I've only been looking at 996 Porsches and C7 Corvettes. Mainly because I've been enamored with the 996 and I absolutely love the C7, and also because both of them can be had with a manual transmission. I've always admired the AM9 design language, but I don't have 6 figures to spend on a car. Or so I thought.

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Illustration for article titled Aston Martin V8 Vantage Is The Best Supercar You Can Actually Afford

The V8 Vantage might be the best of the bunch, it's light, easy to drive and has the ever important 6 speed manual. Now before you yell about how supercars are better with DSGs, stop. You're wrong. Supercars might be faster on the track with a DSG, but you're not a professional and neither am I. The true driving excitement you get in most cars is on the twistys going about 75mph, clutch in and clutch out. I promise you, it's the single most fun an average auto enthusiast can have in a car.

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So back to the car, it's gorgeous and it's quick, and it's gorgeous. Did I mention it's gorgeous? Because it is. And here's the best part. Prices for a 2007-2009 V8 Vantage, essentially the same car being sold today new, are right about $50,000. I test drove an 08 V8 Vantage here in Chicago and even in the snow-slicked roads it was still so much fun. I have to have one.

That's really it, carry on.

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