The best formula for a car is to put a simply outrageously powerful engine in a spritely body. That is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. It's basically automotive nirvana. Not the band.

Here, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire has a go in the V12 Vantage S, the newer, more powerful, less manual version of the V12 Vantage that we drove and loved last year.

It's not necessarily the best car in the world. The trans is crap when it's cold or when you're driving slow. The LCD screens suck. The key is made of crystal and costs thousands if you break it.

It doesn't matter. If you have $200,000 and you want a new car, buy this. Buy it because you want it. Don't buy it to impress others. Amazing car.