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2012-08-11 11:36:32 PM
Put it in "H"!
 
2012-08-11 11:41:28 PM
Ah, I think I have a new addition to the list of people whose car reviews I read or watch.
 
2012-08-11 11:42:28 PM
Sounds like the purple/pink shirt fark-bag is a little envious of the V8 Vantage.

Here's a clue bro, hop out of your shiat-box Prius enough to realize you are driving a real "car", not some electro-douche-status-arrival toy.

/Pro-tip baldy: You should have tested the coupe, and you should have got an honest to goodness 6-speed manual with it
//I bet you couldn't drive it anyway you farking tool.
 
2012-08-12 12:16:44 AM
I really thought this guy was going to commit suicide on camera to underscore how disgusted he was with the car. Guy needs get off drugs or get on some.
 
2012-08-12 12:18:02 AM
That key is an abomination. They could have just done a FOB with push-to-start but instead they make some 8-track esque thing that's less convenient and only just for show. Probably adds $1,000 to the car.
 
2012-08-12 12:28:12 AM
Torque for an auto is lb-ft, not ft-lbs.
 
2012-08-12 01:46:41 AM
What was wrong with the GPS? It's there if you need it and disappears if you don't. That is much nicer than my TomTom that likes to fall off the windscreen.

I literally can not drive this car with the roof down
And then you do and still have space above your head.

The speedo goes to 220, the car will do 180 and you will do 100 max
I bet that the car goes faster than is written in the manual and there are countries and tracks where you can go faster than 100. Just saying. Do you need a custom speedo that goes to exactly the speed the car can go?

My car's speedo also goes to 220 and according to the manual it can only go around 160 or 170. However, I did get it up to 215. KPH that is.

I was really wondering why they didn't do a quarter mile drag with it, that was the only thing missing in this bad review.
 
2012-08-12 03:15:57 AM

lucksi: My car's speedo also goes to 220 and according to the manual it can only go around 160 or 170. However, I did get it up to 215. KPH that is.


I had the Challenger up to 240kph before I biatched out and let off - even on a seemingly smooth stretch of open road, the slightest imperfection becomes very noticeable. I can't imagine what a high speed pull is like in a Mustang with the live rear axle.
 
2012-08-12 03:25:28 AM

sno man: The joke's on him, in the world of Aston Martin, that is an entry level car, like a fiesta is for Ford.
Why anyone would get or even bother to test the pushbutton slushbox is a bit of a mystery too. I'd like to hear what he has to say about the 6-speed.


EVERY FORD is an entry level car...
 
2012-08-12 04:15:15 AM
Choadzilla



EVERY FORD is an entry level car..


www.motorfiend.com

Oh I don't know...
 
2012-08-12 06:00:14 AM

StopLurkListen: Lemme guess.

When Top Gear reviews it, Clarkson will point out some of the same flaws (although he WILL know what the sex toy left by the previous reviewer was for -- you stupid pillock yanks) and yet gesture wordlessly for a moment and then confess his love for the car anyway.

It could be built out of equal parts raw sewage and neglect, but if it's British, he puts blinders on the size of the Burj Dubai.

[i201.photobucket.com image 351x159]


Thats just not true Clarkson does not and has never defended british cars if they are bad, In fact he was blamed by Rover for destroying their brand due to his (and top gears) terrible reviews of their cars. He has also critisized Morgan and TVR . Plus he had nothing but praise for the corvette Z07 he drove in one of their American specials and even bought the new ford GT4 twice even though it was a lemon from the factory.

But honestly this review was a case of "this isn't a honda accord and costs a lot so it sucks OMG LOL"
 
2012-08-12 06:29:45 AM

falcontwin: StopLurkListen: Lemme guess.

When Top Gear reviews it, Clarkson will point out some of the same flaws (although he WILL know what the sex toy left by the previous reviewer was for -- you stupid pillock yanks) and yet gesture wordlessly for a moment and then confess his love for the car anyway.

It could be built out of equal parts raw sewage and neglect, but if it's British, he puts blinders on the size of the Burj Dubai.

[i201.photobucket.com image 351x159]

Thats just not true Clarkson does not and has never defended british cars if they are bad, In fact he was blamed by Rover for destroying their brand due to his (and top gears) terrible reviews of their cars. He has also critisized Morgan and TVR . Plus he had nothing but praise for the corvette Z07 he drove in one of their American specials and even bought the new ford GT4 twice even though it was a lemon from the factory.

But honestly this review was a case of "this isn't a honda accord and costs a lot so it sucks OMG LOL"


Don't forget his love of the Reliant Robin
 
2012-08-12 06:59:11 AM

rikkards: falcontwin:

Don't forget his love of the Reliant Robin


One of the best segments ever http://youtu.be/QQh56geU0X8
 
2012-08-12 07:52:45 AM

falcontwin: rikkards: falcontwin:

Don't forget his love of the Reliant Robin

One of the best segments ever http://youtu.be/QQh56geU0X8


Can't stop laughing.
 
2012-08-12 08:04:11 AM

Lunchlady: That key is an abomination. They could have just done a FOB with push-to-start but instead they make some 8-track esque thing that's less convenient and only just for show. Probably adds $1,000 to the car.


Not to mention it is the same "insert fob into dash and push" mechanism as my 2007 VW Passat Wagon..in a car that costs $136k?
 
2012-08-12 09:41:46 AM

Incetardis: lucksi: My car's speedo also goes to 220 and according to the manual it can only go around 160 or 170. However, I did get it up to 215. KPH that is.

I had the Challenger up to 240kph before I biatched out and let off - even on a seemingly smooth stretch of open road, the slightest imperfection becomes very noticeable. I can't imagine what a high speed pull is like in a Mustang with the live rear axle.


I've gone 179mph (GPS clocked) in a highly modified 94 Mustang GT on a runway, and even with a completely modified live axle it will make your butthole pucker up.
 
2012-08-12 09:55:47 AM

Znuh: kertus: Znuh: violentsalvation: The tachometer going counterclockwise made me laugh out loud.

Shelby Cobra Speedometer:

[www.gaugeguys.com image 250x249]

Not to white knight the car - just to illustrate that counterclockwise gauges have existed for a very long time.

That's just wrong.

It just is - sometimes where the gauges are placed necessitates a different sweep. You can see the counter-rotating Speedo again in the Cobra:

[www.bdpmotorsports.com image 806x605]


My pants feel funny...
 
2012-08-12 10:16:55 AM

Incetardis: lucksi: My car's speedo also goes to 220 and according to the manual it can only go around 160 or 170. However, I did get it up to 215. KPH that is.

I had the Challenger up to 240kph before I biatched out and let off - even on a seemingly smooth stretch of open road, the slightest imperfection becomes very noticeable. I can't imagine what a high speed pull is like in a Mustang with the live rear axle.


People biatch too much about that in the mustangs, in mine they always set down and grip harder, if you are experienced in it then you wont lose traction. If you are familiar with roads in the southeast, I have driven up 75 quite a few times and the I-75/I-24 split has this nice turn for 75 and I have taken that thing in my mustangs at 100+MPH. The 89 was a little scarrier than my 99 which cruised right through it like it was straight road.

A lot of people who race say to learn in a car like the mustang and it will teach how to correct your fark ups while driving. That car is why I never let the GF never drives in snow, without that experience you will panic in certain situations. She does not like the feeling of the rear end sliding and I made her scream by sliding around turns while holding a straight line. Even trained drivers can't handle it sometimes, my cop sister put my 89 in a ditch because she couldn't control a slide, still hold that against her to this day.
 
2012-08-12 10:19:19 AM

Buffalo77: Choadzilla



EVERY FORD is an entry level car..




Oh I don't know...


Yeah for everyone saying that about Ford I would take the Aston Martin money and just get the 1000hp Shelby, still would have cash to drive it for a while too.......
 
hej
2012-08-12 10:34:57 AM

panax: Reviewer: "I can't drive it with the top up", then proceeds to drive it with the top up.


^
 
2012-08-12 10:47:18 AM
Family friend is a person mechanic to an American who likes McLaren sports cars.
The mechanic went to England to study the car for a year in prep to to service the English sports cars.

The transmisions on Mclaren sports cars have to be replaced every few months at a cost of at least $25,000 even with in house maintenance.

English luxury is respected, English mechanical design is like their social system, hierarchical "if the boss wants it to run ass backward, then you build it ass backward."
 
2012-08-12 12:15:06 PM

wildcardjack: The C|net guy wishes he was as cool as Jeremy Clarkson.


C|Net guy still has a better cool factor than the three douches that host the American Top Gear show.
 
2012-08-12 12:25:48 PM

falcontwin: StopLurkListen: Lemme guess.

When Top Gear reviews it, Clarkson will point out some of the same flaws (although he WILL know what the sex toy left by the previous reviewer was for -- you stupid pillock yanks) and yet gesture wordlessly for a moment and then confess his love for the car anyway.

It could be built out of equal parts raw sewage and neglect, but if it's British, he puts blinders on the size of the Burj Dubai.

[i201.photobucket.com image 351x159]

Thats just not true Clarkson does not and has never defended british cars if they are bad, In fact he was blamed by Rover for destroying their brand due to his (and top gears) terrible reviews of their cars. He has also critisized Morgan and TVR . Plus he had nothing but praise for the corvette Z07 he drove in one of their American specials and even bought the new ford GT4 twice even though it was a lemon from the factory.

But honestly this review was a case of "this isn't a honda accord and costs a lot so it sucks OMG LOL"


I do remember he liked the Corvette. If I remember correctly, he hated the Mustang, calling it so crudely built it must have been chiseled out of volcanic rock or something. I'll take your word for the others.
 
2012-08-12 12:30:54 PM
don't all aston martin tachometers gone counter-clockwise?
 
2012-08-12 12:34:58 PM
the reviewer want on to say "England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy."
 
2012-08-12 12:44:49 PM

AdamK: don't all aston martin tachometers gone counter-clockwise?


Since they started making the DB9 and the new Vantage, yes. I believe some early models did as well.
 
2012-08-12 12:51:50 PM

NewportBarGuy: Holy crap. That really is chock full o' fail!



yea, you can knock it all you want, but i bet it has a custom one-of-a-kind pussy magnet in it. you'll get more pussy than you ever dreamed.
 
2012-08-12 01:06:22 PM

Linux_Yes: yea, you can knock it all you want, but i bet it has a custom one-of-a-kind pussy magnet in it. you'll get more pussy than you ever dreamed.


if it was something like a Maclaren or koenigseggggggggggggggggg i would agree. flawed cars if you're concerned about day to day driving, but so unique and cool that it doesn't matter (and for the cost, if you can afford it, you probably don't care about your commute). the vantage.... eh, there are tons (relatively) of choices in that price range, with the outward magnetism but that do not have a lack of suspension control, bad gear box, cheap and incromprehensible interor design, poor ergonomics, etc.

heck, you can get a merc SLK AMG roadster for 70k which is superior in pretty much every way (imo)
 
2012-08-12 02:13:54 PM
fatalvenom: Here's a clue bro,

Here's another: saying "bro" doesn't come across nearly as clever as you think it does


fatalvenom: hop out of your shiat-box Prius enough to realize you are driving a real "car", not some electro-douche-status-arrival toy.

People snark about the Prius all the time, but none of them call it a "shiat-box" because it isn't. You're simply riffing on general complaints you've heard other people say. You won't find a useless novelty tool kit in a Prius, nor will you find little removable panels that lead to nowhere. You will find a similar key fob as this AM, but you have the option of leaving it in your pocket and starting the car anyway, which the AM does not alllow. Comparing the two vehicles is absurd, since they're completely different, but even taking that into account, the Prius does a better job at some of the points mentioned in the review.


fatalvenom: /Pro-tip baldy

Weak.
 
2012-08-12 04:19:09 PM

lucksi: I bet that the car goes faster than is written in the manual and there are countries and tracks where you can go faster than 100. Just saying. Do you need a custom speedo that goes to exactly the speed the car can go?


You can have a speedometer that goes high without it being useless at low speeds, though. The speedo on the Audi I rented in Germany had a mark every 5 kph and a number every 10 up to 80, and a mark every 10 and a number every 20 beyond. That way it went up to 280, but still was readable when I was driving on city streets.
 
DGK
2012-08-12 05:04:30 PM
I don't like the fact you have to insert the FOB into the dash to start the car. In my '11 corvette I just have to have it on my person and I can start the car. I don't think a tac going backwards would bother me but I agree with the reviewer that you should be able to see the marks between the major numbers. My speedo goes to over 200 and I can read it just fine at highway speeds. For 136k I would want a car that was a little more well designed.
 
2012-08-12 07:39:45 PM

Barricaded Gunman: fatalvenom: Here's a clue bro,

Here's another: saying "bro" doesn't come across nearly as clever as you think it does


fatalvenom: hop out of your shiat-box Prius enough to realize you are driving a real "car", not some electro-douche-status-arrival toy.

People snark about the Prius all the time, but none of them call it a "shiat-box" because it isn't. You're simply riffing on general complaints you've heard other people say. You won't find a useless novelty tool kit in a Prius, nor will you find little removable panels that lead to nowhere. You will find a similar key fob as this AM, but you have the option of leaving it in your pocket and starting the car anyway, which the AM does not alllow. Comparing the two vehicles is absurd, since they're completely different, but even taking that into account, the Prius does a better job at some of the points mentioned in the review.


fatalvenom: /Pro-tip baldy

Weak.


Here's break-down you might not enjoy, but is probably full of truth.

1) quit white-knighting the c-net "car guy". He is an idiot that doesn't know the first thing about cars, nor the segment they belong in.

2) you probably own a Prius, therefore you are probably a complete moron

3) the only people who should talk about cars are car people. C-Net nor any other tech website employ anyone who have an understanding of automobiles and how they should perform.

4) if you question anything I say, may I say with no regress, that you have no idea what the fark you are talking about. I've built award-winning resto-mods, hot-rods, supercars, and have concourse restored many Ferrari and Bugattis to stock. My wisdom is infinate and yours is zero. Stand down, STFU, and move along.
 
2012-08-12 08:21:18 PM
fatalvenom: if you question anything I say, may I say with no regress, that you have no idea what the fark you are talking about. I've built award-winning resto-mods, hot-rods, supercars, and have concourse restored many Ferrari and Bugattis to stock. My wisdom is infinate and yours is zero. Stand down, STFU, and move along.


Well, I'm certainly not going to regress, or argue with your infinate wisdom.

Message received, Professor Hawking. Carry on.
 
2012-08-12 08:21:26 PM
fatalvenom: "4) if you question anything I say, may I say with no regress, that you have no idea what the fark you are talking about. I've built award-winning resto-mods, hot-rods, supercars, and have concourse restored many Ferrari and Bugattis to stock. My wisdom is infinate and yours is zero. Stand down, STFU, and move along."

And I'm sure you also own a rocket motorcycle, beat up Chuck Norris, used to drink with Jet Li, and once beat Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in a flatout around the nurburgring.

I love the internet, where idiots like this assclown can put their feet directly into their mouths, and they won't stop chewing until they hit bone...
 
2012-08-12 08:40:39 PM
I'm going to guess the little black thing the guy couldn't figure out was an elbow rest that fits on the driver's door/window somewhere?
 
2012-08-12 10:01:06 PM

KrispyKritter: remember Dudley Moore as the ad man in 'Crazy People'? my favorite was the "Jaguar: for rich men who want handjobs from women they don't know" ad.



Porsche. It's a little too small to get laid IN, but you get laid the minute you get out!

Buy Volvos. They're boxy, but they're good.
 
2012-08-12 11:55:34 PM

wildcardjack: The C|net guy wishes he was as cool as Jeremy Clarkson.


i.telegraph.co.uk

"Even if he dies in Antartica and isn't found for 100 years, he won't be as cool as me."
 
2012-08-13 02:55:17 AM

fatalvenom: My wisdom is infinate and yours is zero.


Apparently your 'infinate' wisdom doesn't include knowing how to spell.
 
2012-08-13 05:48:22 AM
(sigh)

CNet needs to stick to reviewing gadgets... Unless you have the skill and practice to toss the Vantage into a controlled powerslide you're never going to fully appreciate why the Vantage exists in the first place. He's obviously reviewing the damn thing in San Francisco yet couldn't see fit to drive North a bit and get it out on the asphalt at Sears Point.

But that's probably a good thing because AM would have got their test vehicle back in a trash bag.

Hate to tell you guy, but the dual-clutch flappy-paddle gearbox isn't the problem... It's you.

I could give a flying fark if the mpg is crap, the Nav sucks, or my smartphone won't fit in the center console... That car is about turning fuel into horsepower, noise, and tire smoke.
 
2012-08-13 02:58:23 PM
Having people who don't know things about cars review them isn't necessarily a bad idea. The vast majority of people who buy cars, including those who would buy ones like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, don't know anything about cars beyond "gas pedal make car go forward". This review almost exclusively talks about the usability of the car, and that's the kind of thing that most people care about when reading a review of a new car.
 
2012-08-13 06:19:08 PM
Anybody know if this is the same kind of Aston Martin that Kevin Rose recently purchased?

/ Yes, THAT Kevin Rose. The recently engaged one.
 
2012-08-13 10:15:24 PM
Interesting...

Dig it...

Say what you will about the car... I'm really impressed by the craftsmanship.
 
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