@ 7,000 rpm
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage came on the scene in 2005, a year
after the DB9 first hit the streets with its distinctive
style. The V8 Vantage shares a lot with its bigger and older
brother, but does so with style.
One of the most attractive cars on the market today, the V8
Vantage was first introduced to the public at the 2005 Geneva
Motorshow. Some disliked the imitation of the DB9, but most
were in agreement that the lines were fitting for a 'Baby Aston'.
Using a bonded aluminium structure which offers great strength
for minimal weight, the two seat, two door coupe is powered
by a 4.3 litre V8 making 380 horsepower and 302 ft lbs (409
Nm) of torque. The Vantage's engine, based on a Jaguar V8, is
hand assembled in Cologne, Germany, at the same plant that builds
the V12 for the DB9. It features dry-sump lubrication, allowing
the engine to sit lower in the frame and therefore lower the
Vantage V8's center of gravity.
One of the attractions of the V8 Vantage is the exquisite exhaust
tones it produces under power. At low revs the Vantage's V8
has a muscle car rumble, but apply the throttle and this rises
to a high pitched scream usually reserved for Italian V12's.
When pitched against the Porsche 997 Carrera S, build and character
differences appear. The Porsche is a mass produced, finely tuned,
honed to engineering perfection, everyday supercar. The V8 Vantage
is a hand built, enthusiasts sports car with bucket loads of
style, presence and character.
Similar and related vehicles:
Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin DB9
Aston Martin DB9 Volante
Aston Martin DBRS9
Aston Martin Vanquish S V12
Aston Martin Vanquish V12
Aston Martin Vantage Roadster
Aston Martin Racing Rally GT
Aston Martin DB7
Aston Martin DB7 Vantage
Aston Martin DB7 GT
Aston Martin Vantage S/C