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.
After the ending of production of the Virage in 1994, the company only offered the Vantage and Volante cars until the range was augmented by the addition of the new V8 Coupe, introduced at the Geneva Show, 1996. At a casual glance, the car looks like a Vantage, to which is owes much; a tamer version without the superchargers. The car features Vantage style front and rear, together with a chrome mesh grill and surround plus a less overt front air dam incorporating two driving lamps.
The V8 Vantage was designed as an anti-911 affordable Aston Martin that has to make the brand profitable by increasing sales. Also it is a high-performance sports car, yet with predictable handling and sharp engine response, it also offers good visibility and easy to use controls that make it comfortable in city, on country roads or even on the race track. All these features make the V8 Vantage be the first Aston Martin that can serve as a weekday working car, not only as a weekend treat.