This episode of Ignition presented by Tire Rack is as much a love story as it is a car review. A supercar focuses on the numbers; a sports car is more concerned with the experience. The Aston Martin Vantage has always been a sports car first and foremost. Now in its 11th model year, it blurs the line with supercar firepower and the most interesting transmission on the road today. A dogleg seven-speed manual forces its driver to pay close attention to each shift, and the result is the most rewarding sports-car ride on the planet. It doesn’t help that the gorgeous body has aged remarkably well, the V-12 engine has had continual updates, and there’s a new infotainment system. Just 100 of these stick-shift Vantages will be sold in the United States, and those buyers might be the luckiest people alive. If it sounds like we’re gushing, just wait until you watch this monster try to achieve its 205-mph top speed on a dry lakebed, or attempt to not drift around a corner,stealing the heart of MOTOR TREND Senior Features Editor Jason Cammisa. Yes, our affection for this car became much more than your run-of-the mill review. Well, except for the poor German cameraman, who was tased into unconsciousness. Don’t worry, he recovered just fine.