The first of the Aston Martin eight cylinder cars was the DBS V8 in 1973 which is now simply referred to as the Aston Martin V8. This vehicle became the company's mainstream car for two decades before Aston Martin decided to change things up with the new Vantage and Virage models of the 1990s where the V8 grew into a 550 HP 5.3 Liter twin supercharged monster. Both the Vantage name and V8 moniker were brought back in 2005 with a 4.3 Liter motor making 380 HP and 302 lb-ft of torque before being revamped in 2008 with a larger 4.7 Liter V8 that makes 420 HP and 347 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission. This new engine brought the car's 0 to 60 MPH time down to 4.7 seconds while raising the Aston's top speed to 180 MPH.
Automobile Magazine announced the winners of its 2007 awards for Automobile of the Year and Design of the Year. 2007 Automobile of the Year: Volkswagen GTI - Editors judged that this sporting version of the fifth-generation Golf succeeds at fusing exciting performance and handling in an affordable and practical package. The GTI’s 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission propel the 2-door version to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. All this, and the GTI (...) More
The exhilaration of speed or, as some might put it, “the need for speed” is more deep-seated in England than almost anywhere else on earth. Even the legendary engineer George Stephenson named one of his first locomotives “The Rocket”. The fascinating unit of horsepower (HP) also has its origins in the era of the steam engine; it managed to establish itself as the reference standard for the car in general language usage over the more banal unit of “kW”.
Aston Martin’s factory prepared, production standard, N24 V8 Vantage has achieved an impressive overall eighth place finish in the inaugural 24-hour race of Bahrain, competing in a field consisting of largely motorsport homologated cars. Greeted at the chequered flag by a jubilant team – a group of volunteers from the company’s engineering and prototype development departments – the N24 Vantage capped a consistent 24-hour performance, finishing eight laps in front of the ninth placed runner. (...) More
Prodrive has launched a range of parts for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which improves the car’s performance and enhances its driving dynamics. The range includes: a performance pack for the engine; new driver-adjustable suspension; unique forged wheels; and a discreet aero package. Prodrive has tuned the 4.3 litre V8 engine to raise peak power from 283 kW (380 bhp) to 317 kW (425 bhp), as well as increasing peak torque from 410 Nm (302 lbft) to 440 Nm (325 lbft). This reduces the car’s (...) More
An Aston Martin is a beautiful and powerful car by no doubts, but Loder1899 decided to make the car looking even more sportier by adding a new high-end titanium suspension system (the package -for the front and rear axles - it is priced at $12000). Also when the engine revs to 4000rpm a special valve opens allowing a better breathing for the V8 and the result is an even more strident exhaust note and an increase of horsepower (from 385 to 405-hp). The 405 hp at 7000 rpm and the peak (...) More
Aston Martin will unveil one of the most eagerly anticipated convertibles of the year when the V8 Vantage Roadster is revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 29th November. Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving experience.
Prodrive in planing a few performance upgrades for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, starting from spoilers to power upgrades. Prodrive will upgrade the power up to more than 400 hp, up from 380 hp, and a seful increase in engine torque, complete with a more free-revving nature and a throaty exhaust note. Aerodynamic changes are limited to a small front lip and rear spoiler/diffuser that Prodrive reckons dramatically reduce front and rear end lift, to the benefit of the car’s handling. Prodrive (...) More
At the end of november, Aston Martin will unveil a two-seater version for the V8 Vantage at Los Angeles auto show. The two-seater will be called Roadster and not Volante as the typical soft-top Astons. Priced at arround $170.000 the new Roadster is expected to go on sale in spring 2007. The two-seater will be powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine (the same as the coupe version) with a maximum output of 380 hp. The rear-end of the Roadster it’s a handsome rump, flowing into a lip spoiler just (...) More
At the 2006 Paris Motor Show Aston Martin debuts a new automated manual transmission option for the V8 Vantage – Sportshift. Sportshift adds electro-hydraulic control to the existing Vantage 6-speed manual gearbox to offer improved shift times and replaces the conventional manual gear lever with push button controls on the centre console to select ‘Auto Drive’, ‘Reverse’ or ‘Neutral’. Manual gear changes are selected in Paddle Shift Mode - the new ultra-quick system provides the driver with (...) More
Surprise, surprise... it is now confirmed that Aston Martin will not only debut the V8 Vantage Convertible at Los Angeles Auto Show, but also the roadster version of this model. The Roadster version is going to be powered by a V8 engine with a maximum output of 380 hp; it will also feature a six-speed manual transmission. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster will go on sale in early summer 2007 at a price of $130000 (...)