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.
According to Auto Express, Aston Martin will unveil a sequential tranmission for the V8 Vantage at the Paris Motor Show. Featuring wheel-paddles for easy access and comfort the new gear-box will also offer a fully automatic mode. "It will take the wraps off an automated manual box at the expo, and the set-up is expected to boast steering wheel paddles, as seen on the larger Vanquish. (...)
The 2008 V8 Vantage Volante was caught undesguised at a gas station in Germany. It won’t be a such a big surprise if we’ll see the new Volante roadster at paris Motor Show at the end of this month. The price for the new Volante will be around $130000-$135000. It will will be powered by the same 380hp 4.3-liter V8 as the coupe version.
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.
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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.
Hours after a production-standard V8 Vantage completed a gruelling 24 hours at the Nurburgring this summer, 30 Aston Martin employees marked a significant milestone for the company by taking to the wheel of another Vantage and completing 30,000 miles in 30 days finishing at the British International Motor Show in London. As the company approached production of the 30,000th car, a unique celebration to commemorate the occasion with the youngest car in the Aston Martin range, the (...) More
The Aston Martin V8 Roadster is expected to make its debut within the next six months. The new model will use the Aston’s 32-valve 4.3-liter V-8, dellivering arround 380 hp. The cabriolet version it is probably to be a mote porkier than its tin-top cousin, so performance could slip modestly from the coupe’s 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and top speed of 175 mph. This undisguised prototype clearly shows Aston doggedly sticking with soft top mechanisms, despite a market that’s trending toward (...) More
The new DBS is expected to replace the Vanquish at the top of Aston’s lineup next year. It is based on an uprated version of the DB 9, has a wider track and lower ground clearance, bold scoops and air intakes in the front, and according to rumours the V12 engine’s performance was boosted from 450 bhp to over 500 bhp. The new V8 is expected to come onto market within the next six months. It will have the same 380hp V8 under the hood and it will send the power to the rear wheels through a (...) More
A factory prepared Aston Martin V8 Vantage has taken its place in the company’s history books after finishing a credible fourth in class and 24th overall at the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race, among a field of largely motorsport-homologated cars. Negotiating a field of 220 cars, the four drivers: Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Chris Porritt, Aston Martin’s Vehicle Engineering Manager; Horst von Saurma, editor-in-chief of Sport Auto magazine, and (...) More
The V8 convertible - which could be called V8 Roadster when it is launched early next year - has a soft hood, which is likely to retract electrically. Expect it to fold away in less than 20 seconds - it shares the same mechanism as the rapid unit in the DB9 Roadster. The drop-top V8 is mechanically the same as its tin-top brother - it uses the same 380bhp 4.3-litre V8 - but it will weigh slightly more because of reinforcing and the roof (...) More