We all love a car that leaves us speechless, but what about when it leaves a veteran auto journalist unable to review it?
Mind bending number seem to be Aston Martin’s new thing, especially so with the advent of its new class of logic-defying hypercars that include the Vulcan and Valkyrie. Heck, they appear to be everyone’s new go-to sales pitch now that aerodynamics, tires, and composites technology from Formula 1 has tricked down to the supercar, but like a Michael Bay film, there is some magic lost in all of the dazzling explosions and constant drama.
However in the world of racing, that’s not exactly the case. Cars like the Aston Martin Vantage GTE are proof of this, and DriveTribe Editor-at-Large Jethro Bovingdon was lucky enough to get behind the wheel for a couple of hot laps in the 2016 World Endurance Championship winning car at the Portimao race circuit in Portugal.
Looking at the specs sheet alone, the Vantage GTE doesn’t come off as too impressive compared to the latest supercars. With “only” 500 horsepower, an engine note that makes it sound like 1,000, and a minimum dry weight of 2,717 pounds, cars like the Porsche 918 Spyder appear to be able to cut it to pieces. Behind the wheel, Bovingdon reports back a completely different story. That’s because the Aston we see here is a far cry from the comfortable grand tourers we’re used to seeing from the automaker. This car requires white knuckle life or death focus, the sort that renders our host a mute. No worries though, not that Bovingdon has a bad voice, we’d just rather listen to that engine.