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Overview [ edit ]

Profile view of the V8 Vantage

Following the unveiling of the AMV8 Vantage concept car in 2003 at the North American International Auto Show. the production V8 Vantage was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005 for the 2006 model year. The two seat, two -door coupé had a bonded aluminium structure for strength and lightness. The 172.5#160;inch (4.38#160;m) long coupé featured a hatchback -style tailgate for practicality, with a large luggage shelf behind the seats. In addition to the coupé, a convertible, known as the V8 Vantage Roadster, is available. [ 1 ]

The V8 Vantage was initially powered by a 4.3#160;L (4300#160;cc) quad-cam 32-valve V8 which produced 380#160;hp (280#160;kW) at 7,300 rpm and 302#160;lb·ft (409#160;N·m) at 5,000 rpm. However models produced after 2008 had a 4.7 litre 420#160;hp (313#160;kW) V8. [ 2 ] Though based loosely on Jaguar ‘s AJ-V8 engine architecture, this engine was unique to Aston Martin and featured race-style dry-sump lubrication, which enabled it to be mounted low in the chassis for an improved center of gravity. The cylinder block and heads, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, camshafts, inlet and exhaust manifolds, lubrication system, and engine management were all Aston Martin designs and the V8 engine was assembled by hand at the AM facility in Cologne. Germany, which also built the V12 engine for the DB9 and Vanquish .

The engine was front mid-mounted with a rear-mounted transaxle. giving a 49/51 front/rear weight distribution. Slotted Brembo brakes were also standard. The original V8 Vantage could accelerate to 60#160;mph (97#160;km/h) in 4.7 seconds topping out at 175#160;mph (282#160;km/h). [ 3 ] Vantages with the enhanced 400 HP version of the 4.3#160;L V8 engine (included with the N400 package or available individually as a Power Upgrade kit) as well as later models with the 4.7#160;L V8 and 6.0 L V12 were even faster.

In 2008 Aston introduced an aftermarket dealer approved upgrade path for power and handling of the 4.3L variants that maintained the warranty with Aston. The power upgrade was The V8 Vantage Power Upgrade, creating a more potent version of the Aston Martin 4.3 litre engine with an increase in Peak power of 20#160;bhp to 400#160;bhp while peak torque is increased by 10Nm to 420Nm. This consists of the fitting of the following revised components; manifold assembly (painted Crackle Black), valved air box, right and left hand side vacuum hose assemblies, engine bay fuse box link lead (ECU to fuse box), throttle body to manifold gasket, intake manifold gasket, fuel injector to manifold seal, and a manifold badge.

The V8 Vantage retailed for £79,000, US$110,000, or €104,000 in 2006, [ 2 ] Aston Martin planned to build up to 3,000 per year. Included was a six-speed manual transmission and leather-upholstery for the seats, dash, steering-wheel, and shift-knob. A six-speed sequential manual transmission, similar to those produced by Ferrari and Lamborghini. called Sportshift was introduced later as an option.

In their 2006 readership survey, readers of Car Design News voted the Aston Martin V8 Vantage as the best current production car design. The survey results were based on over 1000 responses, most from working automotive designers and students of industrial and automotive design. The Vantage was also voted one of Automobile magazine’s 2007 All Stars for its performance, road manners, and design.

The V8 Vantage is also one of the only two cars to be added to The DB9 section, – a fridge reserved for the super-cool – on the BBC ‘s Top Gear (on which it is described as the baby Aston to differentiate it from the V12 powered DB9). The program rates cars from seriously un-cool to sub-zero. The fridge was an extra category added when the presenters deemed the Aston Martin DB9 too cool for the sub-zero category.

In the 2005 awards, Jeremy Clarkson declared the V8 Vantage as Best Sounding Car of the Year and The Coolest Car of the Year, while the award winner was actually the Porsche 911. While the V8 Vantage remains a rare and special car by any standard, the success of the model is highlighted by the completion of chassis number 10,000 – a specially ordered Onyx Coupe delivered to a customer in USA – in the first half of 2008. While the production of 10,000 cars is a tiny number by the standards of typical car manufacturers, it is a significant milestone for an Aston Martin model – the DB9 being the only other Aston Martin model to have achieved that figure.

Update [ edit ]

V8 Vantage

In May 2008, Aston Martin announced new technological updates for the Vantage, which included changes to the engine, transmission, suspension and appearance. New cylinder liners that are now pressed into the aluminium block instead of the original cast-in variants allow a thinner liner, which in turn allows a larger capacity of 4.7#160;L.

The cylinder bore and stroke has been increased from 89#160;mm (3.5#160;in) to 91#160;mm (3.6#160;in) and 86#160;mm (3.4#160;in) to 91#160;mm (3.6#160;in) respectively, giving a total displacement of 4735#160;cc. The dry sump lubrication system was also modified.

The Sportshift semi-automatic transmission benefited from a software update, while a lightened flywheel was introduced for both the manual and the Sportshift. Aston Martin also stiffened the suspension and now uses Bilstein dampers. An optional Sports Pack is being offered with stiffer springs, tighter handling, and all-new 5-spoke alloy wheels. Sportshift-equipped models also receive a new dual throttle-mapping update which allows the driver to choose from the default Sport mode, or Comfort mode, which gives more comfortable shifts and throttle input for drivability. [ 4 ]

New wheels are also part of the update including a 20-spoke alloy wheel and a new 5-spoke aluminium wheel for the Sport Pack. The interior has been changed slightly, using an updated console similar to the Aston Martin DBS and the new DB9 .

The update provides the Vantage with 420#160;bhp (310#160;kW) (an 11% increase) and delivers peak torque of 470#160;N·m (350#160;lb·ft) (a 15% increase), providing the car with additional reserves of mid-range performance and an even higher top speed. Combined European fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also improved by 13% (Sportshift ). [ 5 ]

Variants [ edit ]

Roadster [ edit ]

V8 Vantage Roadster

At the 2006 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. Aston Martin officially unveiled the V8 Vantage Roadster. The car gained 200 pounds over the coupé, but Aston Martin claimed the car would have the same performance as the coupé. To compensate for the loss of the roof a new, super-stiff cross-member was added to the frame.

The soft top could be raised or lowered electronically in 18 seconds and could be operated in speeds up to 30#160;mph (50#160;km/h). It had the same 4.3#160;litre V8 from the hard top version producing 380#160;bhp (283#160;kW; 385#160;PS) at 7000 rpm, 302#160;lb·ft (409#160;N·m) at 5000 rpm a top speed of 178#160;mph (286#160;km/h). It would accelerate from 0–60#160;mph (0–97#160;km/h) in 4.8 seconds. [ 6 ] The 2009 Vantage Roadster features swan wing doors, a leather and alcantara interior and a zinc alloy center console. It also has a crystal-capped key fob. [ citation needed ]

ESX Motorsports Super Vantage [ edit ]

Prodrive V8 Vantage [ edit ]

In 2007 Prodrive released a tuning package for the V8 Vantage, which consists of four separate packages that can be installed in stages. These four packages are for the engine, suspension, wheels, or aerodynamics.

Prodrive V8 Vantage, featuring a larger rear lip spoiler.

The engine package includes an engine control unit remapping and minor engine modifications that boost power on the 4.3#160;L engine by 45#160;hp (34#160;kW), and torque by 25#160;lb·ft (34#160;N·m). Throttle control is also remapped. Also included is an exhaust modification which allows the driver to leave the by-pass valves in three separate settings.

The suspension package replaces portions of the car’s suspension with Bilstein and Eibach parts, which are claimed to make the vehicle more planted and accurate through the corners.

The tyre and wheel package replaces the stock wheels with lighter twin-7 spoke alloys from Prodrive Japan. The rims are similar to those on the DBR9. and each wheel weighs 2.5#160;kg (6#160;lb) less than the stock versions. Pirelli P-Zero tyres are used, and the rear wheels are widened to 10 inches (254#160;mm).

The aerodynamic package adds a carbon fibre front splitter and rear wing, which together reduce lift by up to 45%.

Packages can be ordered direct from Prodrive or from an Aston Martin dealer, though all packages are installed by Prodrive. Zero to 60#160;mph (97#160;km/h) times are claimed to drop by 0.5#160;seconds to about 4.3#160;seconds for the 4.3#160;L Vantage, and 0-100#160;mph (160#160;km/h) times are improved by 0.9#160;seconds.

N400 [ edit ]

To commemorate the company’s racing successes at the Nürburgring. Aston Martin released the limited edition N400 at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The N400’s 4.3L V8 was tuned to produce 400#160;bhp (298#160;kW; 406#160;PS) hence the name, and the car also featured a sports pack which included lightweight graphite-finished wheels, uprated springs and dampers and a new rear anti-roll bar.

The N400 was available in three special paint colours; Bergwerk Black, Lightning Silver and Karussell Orange. Each N400 came with perforated leather trim, including a map of the Nürburgring stitched on the center armrest, and a numbered plaque.

Aston Martin tested the car at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit where it was able to complete a lap in under eight minutes. [ 8 ] The N400 package was available on either the coupé or roadster, with 240 versions of each being built. [ 9 ]

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