Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Volante

17 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Volante
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FORGET THE DROP-D EAD LOOKS of Aston Martin s V12-engined Vantage Volante. is a car that you just can ‘ t to drive .

Turn the ignition key in the and depress the surprisingly light pedal. When the starter #151; set in the central console to the right of the gear lever glows devilishly, press it and you#146;ll hear the unmistakable of 420 horses breaking into a

Within seconds of pulling #151; even if you’ve sat in a DB7 before #151; the external shrink around you, you feel immediately comfortable and in Even the narrow rear isn’t a problem. And all the time is the sensation of enormous power your right foot. even by midday slow-stop-slow M25 once the road clears you can the pressure of your right and the horizon jumps into face.

No regrets . Even if you don#146;t dropping down though the six-speed manual #146;box, the is with you.

Obviously is one exceedingly potent piece of so care is required feeding in the if you want to get away with the driving a Vantage demands. A few in the Aston#146;s heady company and be pulling away as easily as you#146;ve been doing it all life.

Sheer effortless

We had a somewhat punishing schedule to one that racked up over 650 in three days #151; all in the dark and, as it turned in the wet. Not that the weather us from getting our top off. nothing better than in the very early hours, top windows up and a haze of fine blasting over the open at three-figure speeds #151; not so as a drop entered! #151; seats on, climate control out volumes of cosseting hot air with the Becker sound system out Enya (Don’t risk Bat Out Of Hell ).

Now back to the sensuous looks of the DB7 Vantage. When Aston decided to drop the 420bhp, all-alloy, 6.0-litre V12 engine the DB7, they cleverly any major tampering with the much-admired shape.

Observant fans will spot the driving lights that now the front indicators #151; of the Project Endurance Racing of the 60’s #151; more sills, the to-…-for multi-spoke alloys that on the move like a circle of flickering blades, the new, bigger metal grille essential for the cooling demands of the larger and at the rear the slim high-mounted stop light and new rear accommodating the increased diameter tail pipes. Yes, the was great but the Vantage is superior, and a recipient of the ‘World’s Most tag.

The DB7’s already sumptuous has also come in for a makeover. Recaro sports seats, upholstered in two-tone Connolly and suede, feature along new instruments.

A precisely laid out incorporates the new Becker audio and what#146;s probably the best we#146;ve come across the Traffic Pro navigation system both the USA and Western Europe.

The boasts new circular centre switches unique to Aston whilst new design interior door release handles also been introduced. As you expect, there’s a multi-track CD air conditioning, heated rear and door mirrors, twin and a fully adjustable steering Customers may specify features as as fitted luggage, an umbrella parking sensors or an extended area in place of the back and which can even be supplied individual accommodation for the ‘carriage of pets’.

Tactile interior include a three-spoke steering and increased foot room due to a brake pedal. But pride of for enthusiasts has to be that red engine button.

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Anything with 400lb ft of on tap that can accelerate to 60mph in 5 … and is capable of surging on to a maximum of 185mph (Coupé) need brakes to match. The has them: snug behind the front and 9-inch rear running ZR rated Bridgestone SO2 (245/40 front; 265/35 is a Brembo system with four-channel electronic anti-lock and ventilated cross-drilled discs diameter front; 330mm

Needless to say they rein in the V12 faultlessly at any speed. An advanced control system constantly and analyses the performance of each wheel on a continuing basis, to intervene within 64 milliseconds. As and secure as the Vantage is, it’s reassuring to know that it all present-day crash test by a wide margin.

What you may not been expecting, when you into account the sheer of those grippy low-profile is the supple quality of the Volante#146;s control and its overall ride

Loping along, top down at motorway speeds with the V12 engine spinning lazily at the Volante is virtually as quiet and as its Coupй sibling. Even at speeds there is not enough noise to inhibit either or the audio system. At normal speeds the Vantage was drinking at the very reasonable rate a sporting Grand Tourer of covering three miles a of 19mpg.

Expect about around town.

I will understand why people buy convertibles never take the top down. If never driven a fast topless on a starry, starry then add it to your ‘Before I list.

Lowering the Aston’s lined top is a doddle. Release two and press the button near the and the electrically operated hood has a heated glass rear folds back.

Most owners probably bother fitting the leather cover #151; not only is a fiddly but the uncovered folded looks rather rakish! there is a mesh wind-blocker fits behind the front headrests but as you would have from our earlier comments, the point of wind-in-your-hair motoring in the style without any wind!

fortunate enough to be able to buy and run like the V12 Vantage usually a stable of other less machinery for everyday stuff, so hardly worth mentioning as beautifully trimmed as they the rear seats are at best for smallish children, although we did a large … on a couple of Some people will do anything for a ride in an Aston

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