When you’re roaring down a serpentine mountain pass in southern Portugal to the soundtrack of a crackling exhaust with a broad grin on your face in a new 200mph Aston Martin Vantage, it’s very hard not to get carried away.
Thankfully, if you do, the sure-footed handling and subtle stability control technology in the background of this clever coupe may save you from yourself as you swing around those tight bends like a locomotive on iron rails. Providing you’re not too silly.
The great comedian Billy Connelly famously warned never to trust anyone who, left alone in a room with a tea-cosy, failed to put it on their head. In the same vein as the ‘Big Yin’s’ caution, I defy any red-blooded male – or female for that matter – when left alone in an Aston Martin Vantage not to hum at least a few chords of the James Bond theme.
And this super British coupe really does have a licence to thrill, as I’ve been discovering.
Aston Martin appears to be toying with the idea of slotting a V12 engine into the front of the new Vantage at a later date