Garlick's recent drive of the rather lovely GT3), it would be easy to imagine that Porsche rather had the hardcore hundred-grand sports coupe market to itself.
But this is a contention with which Aston Martin would respectfully disagree. Because leaning on the ropes in the British Racing Green corner, looking to give the 'rump-engined Jerry' a bloodied nose is a rather mean-looking Aston Martin Vantage.
It's called the N420 and, although a limited edition (yup, you guessed right, 420 will be made), this is to the regular Aston Vantage V8 what the GT3 is to a Carrera 2.
In any case, the 4.7-litre V8's 420bhp at 7000rpm and 346lb ft at 5750rpm is certainly more than respectable. And besides, the engine is as much a musical instrument as a means of propulsion.
Apart from the exhaust, other tweaks for the N420 include carbon fibre for the splitter, diffuser and side strakes, various bits of black mesh, 19in alloys, side sills from the old N400 special edition, front parking sensors and graphite exhaust tips.
Talking of cosmetic packages, our test car came with the optional race collection paint scheme - in black 'lipsticked' Asia Cup livery - which adds 22 extra man hours to the paint process (taking it up to 72 hours), and sets customers back an extra £4750.
Without the extra paint work, the N420 coupe costs £96,995, £8k more than the standard car.
Whether you think it's worth it depends on how you like your Astons. And if you like them comfy and cruisy, well, you'll probably want a DB9 anyway. If you want a Vantage, chances are you'll want the extra pointiness that the N420 brings. In which case an extra £8k doesn't seem all that much, really.