This is the 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage s and while playing The Crew a Free roaming racing game made by the folks at Ivory Tower, I found myself inspired and amazed by how incredible this car was to drive.
In the game made a road trip to Miami from New York. When I arriving I headed to the dealership and was faced with difficult decision which car to buy to become my Perf spec or extreme performance car.
Now the game allows one free voucher which would cover the tuning cost or rather the cost to buy the package and whatever changes you make to it afterwards like bumpers, spoilers, and paint designs will all have to come out of your pocket. There is another option where you just upgrade any car you already own which at the time was only two the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS and the 2010 Nissan 370z. Both are cars I had already come to enjoy and from my previous play through on the PS4 about a year ago. because of this I knew what each car would be look like after the spec was applied and while I like the looks, it’s my belief that every garage should at least have at least one exotic ride rather it be a Ferrari, Lamborghini, a motorcycle, of even a mud slanging monster truck. So with just over 195,000 credits to spend and 100,000 in crew credits giving to me as a reward, it was time to make a decision.
My choices were these: the Dodge Charger which in The Crew sells for 99,000 Bucks, a 1969 Camaro for 270,000 Bucks, or a Aston Martin V8 Vantage S for 297,000 Bucks’ This is why the economy in this game is so ridiculous. My messily 195,000 is barely enough to buy the Charger and half of what I need to buy the other two. Worse this is after nearly 8hrs of gameplay which if this was Forza, I would very close to being a millionaire.
I could use Crew Credit which cuts the prices down by around 60% making The Charger 21,000 bucks, the 69 Camaro 59,994 bucks, and the Aston Martin 61,993 bucks. Now the obvious choice is the Charger because it’s the cheapest but it’s hardly exotic as their seen everywhere just look at any police department. The 69 Camaro is a classic and arguably a national treasure but is it exotic? Well…it’s rare and when tuned up it is pretty fast but still not exotic enough. So despite it being the most expensive I choice the Aston and I can honestly say I’m glad I did.
The trophy cars are cars that you buy but never drive. Cars like the Ferrari Daytona, Mercedes 300SL, or Alfa Romeo 8c are all cars that are best viewed from the showroom and Aston Martins are the same way or at least I use to think so. Most racers can agree that there are certain cars that will always be at the top of the performance list. Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mustangs, Bugatti’s, and especially the K:One are all cars known to be at the top of the leaderboards and offer superior handling and performance. Now however thanks to The Crew I believe Aston Martins are just as powerful and I dare say are even better than all the cars I have mentioned. I would have preferred the V12 Vantage but the V8 is still a good entire level exotic car and in the game it impress me so much that I made an episode about it. Cars That Impress: Aston Martin V8 Vantage S. In the episode I cover the company’s history, its success, and how the car is one you can push to the limits.
The car features a 4.7L engine producing 510 Brake Horsepower and 420 lb ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds and can continue on to a top speed of 190mph. In terms of equipment, the car comes with the latest Infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, Satellite FM radio, and a USB port for your Apple and other mobile devices. The styling, takes cues from the Vantage GT4 race with the same carbon fiber side sills and all aluminum body. The S however has a wider and longer frame with a more flared rear end, a lower front splitter, and lower rear diffuser. Interior has Recaro seats with race inspired stitching, a leather dashboard, and a wood trim console
The second part of the video involves a series of time trials the ultimate test of a car’s abilities. Set on the streets of Dallas Texas, I race hard and conquer my fears in order to achieve a blistering time. When cornering the car’s suspension firms up and dives into apex. On the straightaways, the engine opens up and makes this grunge like grunt after every gear change. The braking is immediate and the acceleration is like a sledge hammer. Best of all, it does all of this without enormous fines in the front or a gigantic spoiler on the back. There are not a million vents across the body panels and the seats aren’t bolted to frame. The first attempt was a 2:54 sec and the second was an improved 2:44 sec an impressive 10 sec difference and yet the car can go even faster.
This is what really impresses me about this car it’s not the V12 yet it wants to be. A lot of entire level sports cars are just that; entire level, the bare basics, enough to pass as sporty but Aston wants you to drive this car hard. They want you to be Bond on a high speed chase to catch the bad guys. Let’s us not forget that Aston Martin is also the company that provides the super spy his spy cars. They have even given him his own exclusive car made solely for his latest movie Spectra.
Truth be told I still hate The Crew’s economy and would love to hear their reasons for making so it ridiculously expensive however because of it I was able to drive a new car that has inspired me. Also thanks to The Crew’s economy I now have a new way to play a racing game where I spend more time in each car and will actually limit myself on purpose to achieve this. Finally and again thanks to The Crew’s economy I now have a new way of broadcasting where I share some insight and express my opinions.
So to conclude The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an incredible machine that will redefine your perception of the Aston Martin brand. It brings forth inspiration, excitement, and a new desire to create and imagine. As for The Crew, despite the ridiculous economy, it is actually a good to play and when you ignore the economy it can be fun and I would argue is one best racing game of the new generation.