Wow, tonight was quite a night. For those who don’t know me, I am a HUGE fan of exotic cars. I’ve loved exotic cars since before I could ride a bicycle, and it is a love that has aged well 🙂 Tonight, for the first time in my life, I got to ride in a true supercar, an Aston Martin Vanquish S.
The Vanquish S is an incredible machine, with a massive 520-hp V-12 engine and a 6 speed paddle shifted transmission. The top speed on this car is 204 mph, putting it in a very exclusive club indeed. Like all Aston Martins, the Vanquish was assembled by hand in a factory in England, making each vehicle a literal handmade work of automotive art. Original price tag? $260,000+.
So how did I end up riding in a car that costs more than the average house, and that can go over 3 times the legal freeway speed limit? I’m still trying to figure that out…I’ll let you know when the speed induced buzz wears off!
My wife and I were driving home Halloween night, and up in front of us I hear a beautiful sound, followed by the rapidly accelerating rear-end of a silver Vanquish. I’ve seen a Vantage and a DB9 in person, but I’ve never seen a Vanquish, so I told myself, alright, I’ll follow it for one minute, and if it stops, awesome, and if not…well, we won’t think about that.
So it turns out that the owner of this incredible car lives less than a mile away from me, so when he got home, I hopped out and talked to him for a bit. He was incredibly cool, and even let me sit in the car 🙂 That alone was a real treat.
Well, I have a buddy named AJ who loves Aston Martins like no other, and when I told him about it, he had to go see! So we went by a few nights later and talked to the owner a bit more. He was on his way out, but said to come by the next evening and he’d be happy to give us rides!
So, enter tonight. AJ and I went by, and sure enough, rides! Let me tell you, that car is one wickedly refined beast. A trip up and down Provo canyon ensued, involving speeds I won’t mention here (cough, 110, cough). I have to admit though, it was a totally different experience from what I was expecting.
When you hear exotic car, Ferrari and Lamborghini are probably the first things that come to most people’s minds, but those cars are loud, visceral machines. Incredibly fun, and very fast, but hardly refined. An Aston Martin is a totally different breed of machine, the Arabian thoroughbred of the exotic car industry. Beautiful, powerful, refined.
With a V-12 engine, I was expecting a deafening roar at full throttle, but not at all. The sound was beautiful, and much quieter and more refined than I would have ever imagined. Cruising at high-speed, not stomping on the throttle, listening to the incredible Linn audio system, it was downright quiet and comfortable. I could see myself taking a long road trip in a car like that.
The seats were incredibly comfortable, and held me firmly in place despite zipping through some awesome twisties. This car could seriously move, and handled like a dream. It took off like a bat out of hell, and stopped on a dime. I could only imagine what it would be like to drive on a closed race course, no traffic, no trees or cement walls…
Though it sounds corny, for me it really was a dream come true. I love exotic cars, not because they are rare, expensive, or flashy…but because I literally LOVE to drive. Nothing relaxes or de-stresses me better than driving. Exotic cars allow one to take driving to a whole new level of awesomeness, and thus the appeal. I’ve ridden in some amazing cars, but nothing even close to the Aston Martin Vanquish S.
So thank you, Trent, for making a lifelong dream of mine come true. You have one incredible car 🙂
UPDATE: I’ve since gotten to ride in a Lamborghini Murcielago and a Nissan GT-R 🙂 and a Ferrari F430 Spider 🙂
If there is anyone in Utah who would be willing, I’d love to ride in and write posts about pretty much any exotic car out there, particularly the Audi R8 and the Nissan GT-R, but really anything (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley, Aston Martin, etc).
I’ll happily trade some free Internet marketing consulting for a ride in any exotic car (I specialize in Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Reputation Management and Website Conversion Optimization).