So, right off the bat, I found the Vantage to be more nimble, sporty, agile. It has to be noted the N420 has the Sport Pack by default, hence stiffer suspensions. Tires are 245/35R19 on the front and 285/40R19 on the back, the Bridgestone Potenza are really stiff too. I will replace them with more up-to-date tires when they will be done.
I really feel the car is shorter and acceleration is better. I also have around 30 more HP and weighs less. Direction is way more direct. It's the typical difference between a gran tourer and a sport car. I think the Vantage could be considered as a V8 front-engined 911.
The SportShift transmission is... well, an acquired taste. Gear changes can be very bumpy, the ZF true auto in the Mase was way smoother. You can have fun with this but it is for sure the weak point of the car. Plus, at some point down the line, I will be facing a clutch change bill, just like the F1 transmission.
Sound is cool, a deeper than my Larini set up on the Maserati. The N420 has a specific sport muffler, with valves that open at 3000 RPM (instead of 4000). The GT was clearly a shouting Italian, this one is a bit more subtle and a little bit toward muscle car I would say. I can pull a fuse to have valves open all the time, will try.
Seats are VERY comfortable, even more than the GT. Sometimes, during long drives, my back wasn't in the best of shapes out of the Maserati (I am almost 2 meters tall!). Here, after 900 km from Paris to Milano, I was peach. I have the normal sport seats, sometimes N420 comes with the full carbon bucket ones, which loses back inclination and heating. Super cool, but better for track days and less so for trips, so I am fine. Speaking of carbon, this edition has front splitter, side vents, door sills and back diffuser, I love it.
Consumption is in favour of the Aston, but not by much.
Interior materials are VERY good, a step up from the GT. Everything you touch is either alcantara, leather or metal. Having that much metal everywhere and plastic being the exception is very cool (even the fuel cap is aluminium!) and pretty unusual in this day & age. Passengers notice it too. Very premium and British in a nice way.
Gizmos are, well, pretty basic. The sat nav was better in the GT so that's saying something. I also lost automatic wipers & lights. But got back automatic mirrors dipping on rear gear that I had on my Range Rover (it must be a British thing) and found it to be a real rim-saver when you park close to a sidewalk.
Cargo room is decent, you loose of course the backseats, but you have a shelf right behind you, a couple bags can fit. Trunk is decent, by removing the parcel shelf you can pile up a decent amount of luggage up to the rear window.
Working on it: I have done some super basic stuff, like cleaning the engine and replacing the external air sensor, but the feeling is that the engine bay is a bit more roomy and better organised. Maybe also because the Aston has less engine covers, just a metal one in the front. Both engines are a beauty.
Styling is stunning on both, two of the best cars on the road for me. People tend to appreciate too, here in Italy I had all kind of persons staring and thumbing up with both. Of course the Aston gets the James Bond comment on top of it and the car being Quantum Silver, the colour Daniel Craig had on the DBS in Casino Royale, helps. The GT was heard before seen though!
All in all, I feel both car are complementary, meaning that if you have a GranTurismo and then you change to a Vantage, you will be pretty happy but the other way round is also true.
The DB9 will probably offer a GranTurismo-like experience, but with 4 more cylinders which I would not say no to!
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