Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Parkers Verdict

If you want to be analytical about it the rivals of this car are more attractive on paper – they’re either cheaper, faster, more spacious or technologically advanced (or all four in the case of the Porsche).

The thing is though this Aston Martin feels like a car you buy with your heart, its massive engine offering a considerable amount more character than anything else in this market.

It’s also strikingly beautiful to look at and a real pleasure to drive – with an unusually rewarding power delivery and handling on UK roads for a car so capable of high speed.

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