So your in the market for a head-turning sports cars that provides both a thrilling everyday ride and lots of fun at the race track.
Would you go for one of Britain’s finest the Aston Martin Vantage or would you chose the iconic German Porsche 911 Turbo S?
And, how do you determine which of these pedigree supercar rivals is the most appropriate for your driveway?
Well, for the latter, you probably need some key metrics to work with, so let’s keep it simple and go with the following:-
- Is it a head-turner?
- Does it sound good?
- Is it quick?
- Can it handle well?
- Does it have a cool interior?
Both of these amazing cars have great lineages and for many years they’ve been battling it out for the supercar title. So without further ado, lets take a closer look at these rides and how they compare.
Appearance Of The Aston Martin Vantage And The 911 Turbo S
A supercar has to first and foremost look really good. It must be able to catch your gaze and hold onto it. It’s normally the sound of the car that initially catches your attention, and when you intuitively turn around to see where the noise is coming from, you expect to see a thing of beauty, a carefully crafted piece of machinery that could easily be at home in an art gallery.
So let’s look at how these two compare in the looks department.
When you put them side by side, the Aston just looks so much more aggressive. With its large haunches, muscular body-shell, and massive front grille, the classy Brit looks like a starving hungry beast that’s going to gobble up whatever is in front of it.
The Aston’s small headlights look slightly out of place though and definitely have a softening effect on the car’s overall appearance.
But from the rear, the Vantage looks much more rugged. With its huge carbon fiber rear diffuser it could be well be mistaken for a mountain climber wearing crampons, preparing to scale Everest.
The Vantage’s beautifully crafted ultra-slim rear LED light runs the full length of its tail and over its raised boot lid. The combination of its curved boot shape and symmetrically sculptured rear diffuser, almost give it a certain Rolling Stones singer look. But this car won’t be blowing you any kisses as it roars past on the way to the summit.
Personally, we prefer the rear elevation of this car to the front. The front grille just looks too big, unlike the smaller James Bond-like grille on it’s 2017 predecessor, which just seemed like a better fit. This car is a worthy testament to modern Aston Martin design.
The Porsche’s design is unmistakably 911. Sticking with tradition, the Turbo S continues to carry the flag for the heritage design, which encompasses this iconic body shape that appears to be interwoven in the car’s fifty-year-old DNA.
The traditional oval headlamps that proudly stare out from its pronounced front wings are a common 911 feature that serve to frame the driver’s view. And what a view it is too.
The Porsche looks like an Olympic athlete kitted out in full sports gear, poised and ready to take part in an event. And with its ability to perform, it’s definitely a gold-medal winner. It has curves all in the right places and still looks stunning. The German carmaker has widened the body, re-worked its bumpers, and enlarged the front and rear air vents to improve airflow. And from all angles, it just looks so impressively clean and precise.
Both cars are so very different to look at. The Aston has a more modern, much more aggressive appearance compared to the timelessly sporty look of the Porsche.
But we have to choose one, and because the 911 design is so common on our streets, we think the Aston is more likely to grab the greater share of attention from road-side admirers. So, in the looks department, the mighty Vantage takes it.
(Score: Porsche 0, Aston 1).
How Do These Supercars Sound?
As mentioned earlier, another key thing to consider when buying one of these cars is its sound. Carmakers spend millions of bucks tuning the sounds that come out of these machines, and there are literally thousands of videos all over the web sharing the wonderful noises made by these awesome cars. It has to sound good both on your driveway, whilst idle, and on the road when it’s busy flexing people’s neck muscles.
The Aston sounds like a muscle car that’s been tuned up for a drag race. It has that wonderful barking V8 growl on the road and that sublime low baritone rumble sound when its standing still. But it’s the high-pitch shriek you get when its red-lined and the snap-crackle exhaust noise as you lift off the throttle, which make this car really special.
Unfortunately, the Porsche, even with its cool-sounding Sports exhaust, is not able to compete with it. So the Aston wins the sound category.
(Score: Porsche 0, Aston 2).
Both Offer Awesome Performance
This category is very important. It’s surprising how 0-60 figures and top speed statistics influence new buyers. Many of which will never experience them but want them all the same.
A supercar has to provide a certain amount of G-Force fun for its occupants. It has to be able to throw you back into the seat headrest when a modicum of pressure is applied to the accelerator pedal. If it doesn’t, it’s not a supercar.
Both of these cars offer seriously impressive acceleration. And we can’t discuss performance without quickly talking about their engines. The Aston carries a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged Mercedes V8 engine which pushes out 503 bhp. This delivers a top speed of 195 mph and 0-60 timing of 3.7 seconds.
The Porsche also has a twin-turbocharged engine, a 3.7 liter flat-six, that churns out a massive 572 bhp which is capable of taking the car to sixty mph in just 2.5 seconds and reaching 205 at the top end.
So on performance, the Porsche takes it.
(Score: Porsche 1, Aston 2).
Handling Of The Aston Martin Vantage And 911 Turbo S
At the top of your tick list has to be ‘driving experience’. What does the car feel like, and how agile is it on an open road or at the race track. These cars are designed to be driven hard, they’re not garage ornaments. They are like thoroughbred horses that don’t want to be cooped up in a barn, they want to be ridden, and they want to be galloped, not cantered.
Both cars come with multiple powertrain modes, which range from very fast (Sport mode) to insanely fast (Track mode). And they both have adaptive software which alters the car’s suspension, gearing, chassis, power output, and torque to maximize the driving experience and handling.
They both feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and Aston does offer an optional seven-speed manual if you like using a stick. Gear changes are, as you would expect, superbly smooth, precise and lightning fast with both cars.
Both of these rear-wheel-drive cars have immense grip, amazing balance, and excellent stability control on bends. And they both make the driver feel fully connected through pin-point accurate steering.
The carbon-ceramic brakes on both cars feel strong and responsive, upping driver confidence when driving at high speed, in the stopping power of these incredible machines.
It’s a tough choice. With all the different driving modes and settings, it could take days to really make a proper judgement on which car handles the best. But the Porsche just feels slightly lighter and more poised at high speed than the Aston. Therefore, the Porsche just squeezes a win on handling.
(Score: Porsche 2, Aston 2).
How They Compare Interior-Wise
We all love a bit of comfort and when we’re looking at a new supercar, the interior has to be just right. It has to not only be pleasing on the eye, it has to reward the driver with the feeling of never wishing to leave the cockpit. And it has to match the car’s personality while providing on-lookers with the same amount of wow factor as the externals.
As expected, both cars have high quality cabins, but like their bodywork design, they are hugely different. The Aston is a sea of sumptuous leather and its figure hugging seats ooze class. But its square race-like steering wheel looks slightly out of place with the car’s more Grand Tourer-like interior appearance, and the whole cabin feels a bit too snug.
The Mercedes infotainment system in the Vantage is starting to look slightly dated now, and the plethora of round dials all over the center console are not very fetching.
The Aston engineers could also do a bit more to dampen out the sound of the rear wheels, which could potentially become annoying on long journeys. Although the car does sound absolutely brilliant for its spectators.
Whereas the Porsche, with its Turbo S embossed seats, configurable LCD dials, upgraded leather dash and doors, and simple, no-nonsense layout, is nothing short of superb. Everything is in the right place and in direct reach of the driver. It just looks so sleek and clean.
So, with its well-thought-out, easy-to-use cockpit, the Porsche is the winner when it comes to the interior.
(Score: Porsche 3, Aston 2).
Verdict: Porsche Claims More Wins Than The Aston Martin
So our final scoring puts the Porsche favourite (Score: Porsche 3, Aston 2). But in reality, alot of these observations are completely subjective and like buying a new house, its a very personal thing. The moment you cross the threshold (sit your bum on that seat and take it for a spin) you will instinctively know which one of is for you. Both cars are amazing.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S is a timelessly beautiful piece of German engineering. But with a price tag of $205,000, $50,000 more than the Aston, is it worth it? Well, that comes down to your personal finances, good luck.
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