Matt Becker is a god as was his father. I knew he'd do magic at Aston.
Same internals so would believe sound levels are the same, however as Titanium has a different modulus of elasticity and of course is thinner as it doesn't corrode so the harmonic vibrations of the can are different, making the exhaust tones sound beautiful. Even Ferrari and Lamborghini owners take note and comment, that's worth the 8K that I paid as a factory installed option.How big a difference in sound does it make? 9-12K is fairly ridiculous for 22lbs.
Considering the new Vantage's nearly 2 ton wet weight, I'm sure Matt Becker has done a good job of balancing ride and handing but it's precisely that 700-800 pound weight difference due to amenities, size and the car's focus as well as the big price difference that will ensure that the two cars will never be true competitors.I have no idea what you mean. Both cars drive well, steer well, etc, but the Vantage is really fast. Really.
EDIT: Do you know who Matt Becker is? Left after decades at Lotus to become chief engineer at AM. Almost everyone says he's done a terrific job with the Vantage.
The Vantage is over 3800 pounds when measured wet. Far heavier than Aston quotes (which is dry). So it's more like a 700 pound difference.I can't argue about that, but the cars may compete in the minds of some prospects. Weight difference is a not insubstantial 576 lbs. New stick shift version is around only 300 lbs heavier.
But, I think you would agree that the AM beauty is quite substantial. I already have a sports car (Elise) and want a sporty GT car, which is exactly how the Vantage is often described.
The people reviewing these cars know significantly less about them than the collective wisdom of this message board. I have no idea what that comment is supposed to mean. The unit sales are so low, that could be a legitimate comment . . . but relative to what? Used sales? At any given time, there are a few dozen cars available for sale. It’s just a meaningless observation.A comment thats come up in a few of the reviews i've seen/read. "Nobody buys these new anymore". Is this a reference to the reviewer thinking Lotus has priced themselves out? Excellent leases? Or people only buying because of the fairly steady used market prices?