Car pictures of the week
For this week's gallery, we take a look back at when an Aston Martin Vantage was a thug in a hand-made suit
In this week’s car pictures of the week gallery, we check-in with our photoshoot from issue 283 where Dickie Meaden re-experiences one of Aston Martin’s more brutal past models. With aesthetics that distance it from the sinewy design language Aston Martin currently adheres to, there was a time not so long ago that the Vantage was actually the ultimate british muscle car. A thug bursting out of its handmade suit.
The iconic square-jawed Aston Martin Vantage V550 made waves when it was launched in 1993. Derived from the Virage, the Vantage was a large four-seat coupe that was defined just as much by its twin-supercharged 5.3-litre V8 engine as it was its imposing looks.
Born in the ‘90s, this generation of Vantage was hand-built, and really we mean hand-built. Its bodywork was hand-rolled from sheet aluminium, and its chassis hand-welded, just like Aston Martins from decades before.
But while construction might sound archaic, its numbers are anything but, even 28 years later. Early Vantage models produced 550bhp, and an even more impressive 550lb ft of torque, all sent to the rear wheels without traction control. Its brakes were similarly beefy, with record-breaking 362mm front discs and calipers sourced from AP racing brakes – the largest fitted to any production car in the world at the time.
The question of how this combination of big numbers and old fashioned construction feels in context to the very different supercar world of 2021 is one that Dickie explores in our current issue (283), which is on sale now in-store and online at and online now. Alternatively, click here to have the next issue delivered straight to your door before it hits shelves.
Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.