I Drove An Aston Martin V8 Vantage In Malaysia!

And no, it wasn’t in my dreams!

I’ve always been a huge lover of Aston Martin, a proper homegrown British luxury car marque. Although it’s debatable if Aston is still really British or not (partially Kuwaiti owned now).

The actual car I fell in love with was the Aston Martin Virage Volante convertible.

Anyway a good buddy of mine knew I’d always been a huge fan of Aston Martin vehicles and it so happened, he himself was purchasing one…an Aston Martin V8 Vantage to be precise (the most sporty amongst the Aston Martin cars) and he promised that I would be amongst the first to drive the V8 beast.

And well, let’s just say he held true to his promise (thanks buddy!). He was calling me all day long on a fine (but rather busy Sunday) I reached home after midnight and managed to get hold of him and he said he was dropping a friend off them coming over immediately.

I didn’t know what the fuss was about as I didn’t know he’d gotten the car yet. But I said sure, I’ll meet you when you get here. So he called me when he arrived and when I walked out from my appt past the guard house I was greeted with this sight.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

I was gobsmacked, and well so was everyone else that drove past – a few people almost crashed whilst turning into the appt gates from staring at the beautiful Vantage.

It is of course hand-crafted in England as you can see on the kickplate.

Hand Crafted in England - V8 Vantage

It’s quite a beast of a car kicking out over 400bhp and the noise of the v8 roar once the variable exhaust valve opens up can be heard 2 miles away (According to Jeremy Clarkson).

Really if you’re a Aston Martin fan, there are no other cars for you that can top it.

I took it for a spin around, it was fast…very fast and extremely noisy. The handbrake is a very odd position and there is absolutely no headroom..but who fucking cares IT’S AN ASTON MARTIN FOR GODSAKE.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Awesomesauce is the only word that is truly fitting, it was breathtaking but awestruck kinda hit the spot.

It’s a little odd to drive though as the ‘auto gearbox’ is not semi-auto, or auto..it’s actually a fully manual mechanical gearbox driven electronically. So if you don’t feather the throttle when you are stationary it feels like it’s going to stall! It’s called Aston Martin Sportshift.

And of course the part which made me fall in love with Aston Martin is the huge, aggressive grill at the front.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Grill

It was quite an experience, can’t wait to test it out again and can’t wait until he gets his R35 and take that for a spin too.

Apologies for the picture quality but it was the middle of the night and all I had on hand was my phone!




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28 Responses to I Drove An Aston Martin V8 Vantage In Malaysia!

  1. KY February 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    All I really want to know if it has a cup holder

  2. KY February 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    also, grammar left the building fml

  3. goldfries February 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    did you bring your SLR to shoot shoot as well?

    Those photos look like taken with N97.

  4. kimberlycun February 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    feel depressed queueing up to wash car in my suzyganas. Even the numberplate is killng me – AM 88. awestruck hit the spot!!!

  5. ShaolinTiger February 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    KY: Yah it does and it even comes with a built in Aston Martin pen in the dashboard!

    goldfries: See the last sentence 😛

    kimberlycun: Hahaha, suzyganas rawks!

  6. JaCJaC February 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    DB9 naiserrr

  7. ShaolinTiger February 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    JaCJaC: DB9 of course naiser, V12 and so cool it got its own category on Top Gear.

  8. Haze long February 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Lucky bitch!!!

  9. michaelooi February 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    loaded friend you have there, you need to intro me some man. *drools on the vantage*

  10. aw February 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    Cool stuff. Well, road tax is abt 20 large ones a year.

  11. Mark February 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    OMG, I am so jealous! One of my dreams is to drive an Aston Martin as well especially around the Sepang track! How la like that, need to change profession liao or else cannot afford a car like that haha

  12. Genova February 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    my godness. i m in love

  13. foodcrazee February 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    damn . . . .its kewl

  14. ericyong77 February 2, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    hehe not bad… the V8 Vantage is however just the Baby Aston.. u need to try the DBS…

  15. sotong February 2, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    wow… nice car!!!

  16. CT February 2, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Lol… just a baby aston… classic.

  17. JD February 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    Love Aston Martins, especially those in Bond films.

  18. ShaolinTiger February 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Haze long: Yes I am 😀

    michaelooi: Hahaha, Penang got rich fellas also loh.

    aw: I checked the tax, it was around RM9xxx but maybe that was just for 6 months.

    Mark: Not so sure bout track, it’s not really a track car. Prefer to take a Porsche 997 Turbo on the track 😛 Aston I’d prefer some nice country lanes or winding mountain roads.

    Genova: Me too!

    foodcrazee: One of the coolest cars EVAR!

    ericyong77: Hahaha V12 power! For me the ultimate Aston is the oldskool Vantage Le Mans with twin Superchargers.

    sotong: Very nice indeed!

    CT: Haha..yah.

    JD: I love all Aston Martins.

  19. Myhorng February 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    i want to drive 222.

  20. yuktsi February 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    how much is the car?

  21. ShaolinTiger February 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Myhorng: Hehe doesn’t everyone!

    yuktsi: Should be around RM600,000-800,000.

  22. Tan Yee Hou February 6, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    farkkk a vantage and getting an r35 too?

  23. Ryan February 7, 2010 at 3:36 am #

    Omg looking at the post is giving me goosebumps already!
    I am totally in love with this beauty!
    Wow for that price of 800k isn’t it almost as much as a DB9?

  24. Joey Logano Fan February 7, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Man…. that is way too cool 😀

  25. sp February 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    omg u such a lucky 1!

  26. ShaolinTiger February 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    Tan Yee Hou: Yah and his daily drive is the Lexus IS-F – BMW M3 killer.

    Ryan: Yah orgasmic man, DB9 over 1 mill I think.

    Joey Logano Fan: Awesome car!

    sp: I am indeed.

  27. rosery September 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    I’d rather a DB9

  28. vincent November 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    hi i am vincent here i am getting a Aston Martin V8 vantage soon (it’ll be in KL on Dec2010) and was wondering if you can hook me up with your friend and hopefully we can share info on our car : )

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