Here is the story of our day out with 800 bhp of rear wheel drive supercars. For the full story watch out for Jaguar World, on the news stands from 8th March 2013.
So my trip down to Gaydon was the usual XKR pleasure. Once there I met up with the team. Despite hiring the Aston DB7 out for nearly a year, this was actually my first chance to see it up close. The car is based in Northamptonshire and hired out as part of our Owner Operated Network - classic car owners who want to earn money from their cars.
As most classic car enthusiasts know, the Aston started life as a Jaguar before, by various circuitous means, becoming an Aston. It has a lot in common with the XK - not only is it the car the XK was meant to be but the underpinnings are largely the same, namely XJS. As the XJS was essentially a shortened Jaguar XJ, the chassis of both cars can be traced back to 1968. Oo-err, you may say. But the reason the basics stayed the same for so long is because they were so good. The Aston and Jaguar both ride superbly, offering a handling/ride compromise that few cars in this category can challenge. The Jaguar is overall the softer experience, with lighter steering too (clearly betraying its transatlantic market targeting), while the Aston is firmer and more direct. The Aston is definitely much more of an occasion car, every mile feeling memorable, while the Jaguar is more about effortless long distance cruising - both have their merits, which you prefer is inevitably a personal thing.
I had a great time on my Aston versus Jaguar day - great cars, great company and even the weather behaved. You can put either car to the test by hiring them from Great Escape Classic Car Hire. But be sure to watch out for the Jaguar World feature - both cars will be on the cover from 8th March. For more details on Jaguar World visit their website http://www.jaguar-world.com For more information about the Aston Martin DB7 to hire or the Jaguar XKR visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices start at £229 for 24 hrs - mention this article to claim 10% off.