Aston’s decision to make the new Vantage a wider, meaner and more purposeful-looking sports car also makes it physically wider on the road — and it feels like it to drive.
You’re aware that there’s plenty of bulk to keep from straying across the white lines of a typical British B-road, and plenty of mass for the suspension to manage, too.
The steering is, thankfully, every bit the precise, predictable, weighty and feelsome instrument it needs to be to guide the car with real accuracy. Although this is a much firmer-sprung car than we’re used to from Aston, it’s still a great, soulful, unwearying tourer over distance.
Mostly, it’s the lateral stiffness of the car’s rear axle that sets it apart from its forebear’s dynamic mould. That makes for a little bit of fidget and head toss over uneven Tarmac but is also responsible for the first-rate handling precision and agility, comparable with that of its most agile opponents.
Even though you feel the car’s mass in the slightly brusque way, it deflects over bigger lumps and bumps, and the suspension’s ability to keep close vertical control of the body seems particularly sophisticated when you’re using Sport+ mode on the Skyhook dampers.