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Overdrives: Aston Martin V8 Vantage at Allandale Farms

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  September 28, 2012 03:50 PM

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Over the summer, I'd grown tired of the produce at my local Whole Foods. I wanted even fresher vegetables and fruit, but without having to trek to Haymarket or wait an entire week for the Allston Farmer's Market, open just hours at a time.

Allandale Farms in Brookline, the last working farm in the Boston metro area, is now my go-to shop for most everything delicious in season. First, it was the blood-red tomatoes. Then, the crisp, sweet cucumbers and squash. Now, it's the half-dozen varieties of apples I don't ever see at Whole Foods.

Allandale is open all week, has ample parking, and sits just 15 pretty minutes away from my home. Last week, I drove there in a 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a rare British sports car that makes the similar-looking Jaguar XK feel as common as farm equipment.

Thing is, it's not as fast as it looks. That could be good, since if I owned one, I'd be less likely to wreck it than if I had a Jaguar XKR-S, which has another 130 horsepower above the 420 found in the Aston's 4.7-liter V8. It's manly little car, too, with a heavy, spring-loaded racing clutch, heavy steering, a chunky shifter, and a stiff suspension. It's a workout to drive this car smoothly. And when you do, that XKR-S, for the same price, can beat your tail at a stop light. I'm not sure I'm OK with that.

Aston Martin offers a quicker fix: the 510-horsepower V12 Vantage. But that's even more expensive, and it's undoubtedly heavier and likely less nimble. For veggie runs, the V8 Vantage is all anyone really needs.

Check back later for a full review in the Sunday Globe.

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