Here's how: First, I drilled an Aston Martin V-12 Vantage S up to 143 mph in a straight line andthenIhitFULLPANICBRAKE, yanking it and me into a floaty G-force denouement that the space jockeys up in Cape Canaveral might have enjoyed. The convenient excuse/cover story: I'm driving the Vantage at Palm Beach International Raceway, where the egrets have no regrets and the alligators have adverse possession on their tiny, walnut-sized brains. That's also how the V12 Vantage lays in wait. This one ups its numbers game by sending in a reinforcement in the form of the brawny, burbly, 565-horsepower V-12 from the Aston Martin Vanquish, a car with audio so compelling it should be on a gold disc floating in space, on endless repeat, so the alien races know we're at least half-sentient. It's still not the Nurburgring master, but the V12 Vantage S now is in the hunt: 0-60 mph times of 3.7 seconds are in AMG territory, and the V12 Vantage S's top speed of 205 mph is a neat fit in near-supercar territory.