The Aston Martin V8 Vantage
and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage
are a series of hand built sports cars
from the British manufacturer Aston Martin
. Aston Martin has previously used the "Vantage" name on high performance variants of their existing GT models, notably on the Virage-based car of the 1990s. The modern car, in contrast, is the leanest and most agile car in Aston's line-up. As such, it is intended as a more focused model to reach out to potential buyers of cars such as the Porsche 911
as well as the exotic sports and GT cars with which Aston Martins traditionally compete.
Following the unveiling of the AMV8 Vantage concept car
in 2003, the production V8 Vantage was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show
in 2005 for the 2006 model year. The two seat, two -door coupé
had a bonded aluminium structure for strength and lightness. The 172.5 inch (4.38 m) long coupé featured a hatchback
-style tailgate for practicality, with a large luggage shelf behind the seats. In addition to the coupé, a convertible, known as the V8 Vantage Roadster, is available .
The V8 Vantage was initially powered by a 4.3 L (4300 cc) quad-cam 32-valve V8
which produced at 7,300 rpm and at 5,000 rpm.However models produced after 2008 had a 4.7 litre V8. Though based loosely on Jaguar
's AJ-V8 engine
architecture, this engine was unique to Aston... Read More