If one were to analyze the past century of automotive internal combustion engine adaptations using an evolutionary perspective, it might be appropriate to mark a speciation event occurring around 1981.
The similarities in hardware beg the question: is this car any more than a marketing gimmick? Compared to the GT, the biggest changes come in the power department. The Bullitt sports an intake manifold derived from its more hardened sibling, the GT350, as well as a larger throttle body to allow the extra air to flow into the block, and a high performance engine tune to allow for more tomfoolery. The results? A healthy 475 horsepower (15 more than the standard car).
We haven't yet seen a full release of the drivetrain or chassis setup specs, but we can only hope that the Mk V will come with an entirely new powerplant - potentially derived from the FT-1, if the exterior styling is any indication.
The last time I saw a response like this to a car it was a F40 parked on the street in Carmel Valley. Ferrari F40: 1987-1992, Twin-Turbo Flat-Plane V8, 478bhp, now worth well north of $1 million, arguably one of the best track cars every built (I'm more than willing to argue if you disagree).
I would love to be able to start this off by confirming what so many others have said - that the R is an infinitely more livable and practical car than the Focus RS. I wish I could agree that despite all of my fear about understeer, the clear lack of a drift button, and a 50bhp relative deficiency I still prefer the Golf R as a car to own and love everyday.
There are both technical reasons for this massive appreciation - extremely limited production, outstanding build quality, one of the most gorgeous exteriors ever designed, etc. - as well as cultural trends that might aptly describe the phenomenon.
The Vantage GT is a dedicated and carefully planned machine that positions itself perfectly at the intersection of modern luxury and analog driving dynamics. As all of the Italians forsake the analog sports car in the pursuit of a record-setting lap time, Aston Martin preserves the type of car that so many of us fell in love with
Originally from Northern California, both Robert (right) and Tennyson (left) have a burning - and often unhealthy - passion for all things automotive. The stories here offer a bit of insight into the mind of the obsessive car enthusiast. Enjoy