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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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Following the success of its six-cylinder DB series, Aston Martin upped the ante by two cylinders with the introduction of the DBS V8 in 1969. For reasons unknown, the car eventually came to be known as the Aston Martin V8.

Externally, the two-door V8 was virtually identical to the 6-cylinder DBS. The only visible clues to the V8#39;s more potent potential were the front air dam and the.

Following the success of its six-cylinder DB series, Aston Martin upped the ante by two cylinders with the introduction of the DBS V8 in 1969. For reasons unknown, the car eventually came to be known as the Aston Martin V8.

Externally, the two-door V8 was virtually identical to the 6-cylinder DBS. The only visible clues to the V8#39;s more potent potential were the front air dam and the alloy wheels. The dual-overhead-cam 5.3-litre engine, which was the work of Aston Martin powerplant guru Tadek Marek, reportedly generated about 315 horsepower.

That#39;s an estimate, because in those days, Aston Martin, like Rolls Royce, didn#39;t officially report horsepower numbers. Whatever the actual number, the car had sufficient power to reach a speed of 160 mph.

The car#39;s naming confusion seemed to follow it. The DBS prefix was dropped in 1972. The car was subsequently identified as the Series 2, Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5. Annual production never topped 1000, and no cars were produced for 1975.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

A V8 Vantage coupe was added to the line for 1977. A Volante convertible followed. Packing a powerplant with different valve timing, larger carbs and a higher compression ratio, the V8 Vantage performed with considerable more gusto than the Aston Martin V8 coupe and could achieve 170 mph.

It was quick to 100 km/h as well, completing the sprint in a bit over five seconds.

The Vantage name reappeared in 1993 on a high-performance version of the Virage. The Vantage, which was not available in the U.S. eventually became a model unto itself and was produced until 1999. It#39;s best known for its twin-supercharger V-8. Belting out a sweet-sounding 550 horsepower, the two-ton car could top 200 mph.

A 612-horsepower Le Mans version closed out the run of this Vantage in 1999.

Today, the Vantage name is alive and well in the form of yet another V8 Vantage. The new Vantage outsells the earlier versions by an order of magnitude. More accessible than the loftily priced DBS or DB9, the current V8 Vantage was introduced in 2005 as both coupe and convertible.

Its 4.3-litre engine is a cousin to Jaguar#39;s V-8, built with components unique to Aston Martin. In 2008 the Vantage was updated with slightly more engine displacement and various other changes. While the V8 Vantage may be positioned below its V-12-powered DB brethren, with 420 horsepower, it#39;s no weak sister.

The V8 Vantage gives Aston Martin a contender in the just below supercar category, where it provides an alternative to the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and other high-luxury sporting machines. The car is an unqualified success in the eyes of both the press and the marketplace, and it has joined the DB9 as one of only two Aston Martins to ever reach 10,000 sales.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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