Depreciation Station: 2005-2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was the company’s first foray into a more affordable car—meaning the price was closer to $100,000 than $200,000. When released for the 2005 model year, the V8 Vantage was aimed at the Porsche market, offering a more exclusive alternative to a loaded 911. 

The V8 Vantage is still part of the Aston Martin lineup, and a new one can set you back more than $125,000. Through the magic of depreciation, however, you can find first-year cars for about half that figure—budget about $50,000 for a good 2005 example.

Unlike the company’s DB9 and Vanquish, the Vantage is a true sports car. The shorter wheelbase makes it more maneuverable, while there’s plenty of motor under the hood: Its 4.3-liter, twin-cam V8 makes 380 horsepower, along with 302 lb.-ft. of torque. The car can hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and tops out at 175 mph. 

Then there’s the coachwork, with aluminum, steel, magnesium and even composite panels wrapping an aluminum frame. Stunning. 

Care and Feeding:

As far as problems go, the Vantage has had few. You do need to be aware that servicing one of these cars can be more expensive, and some parts prices are very high. 

Last Piece of Advice:

For less than $60,000, you can get a six-figure, late-model Aston Martin: a vehicle that marries beautiful styling with top-level performance. 

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yupididit
yupididit PowerDork
12/25/20 1:02 p.m.

I regularly see them in the low 40's with not a lot of miles and good history. 

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
12/25/20 7:33 p.m.

The V8 Vantage I've had experience with was let down by it's terribly clumsy automated manual transmission.  I bet these would rock with a manual, though.

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