The Aston Martin DB7 was first shown to the public at the 1993
Geneva Motor Show. It was designed to replace the outdated Aston
Martin V8, a design which had been around for twenty years (not
to be confused with the 2005 Aston Martin Vantage V8).
Based on the Jaguar XJS platform, the DB7 shares similar lines
and proportions, although the DB7 is a far more attractive and
desireable car. In 1996 a convertible version of the DB7 was
revealed at the North American Auto Show. Both the coupe and
the convertible were powered by a 3.2 litre inline 6 cylinder
Later, a V12 engine option was introduced in 1999 with the DB7 V12 Vantage, and in 2002, just before
the car was replaced by the Aston Martin DB9, the Aston Martin DB7 V12 GT was unveiled. When
the V12 DB7 was introduced the 6 cylinder
cars were overshadowed and production ceased in 1999, although
production of the V12 engined DB7 went on for several more years.