Driving the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage

6 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Driving the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage
Aston Martin DB7

Reviewing a normal car, I probably mention that the handbrake interferes with the seat adjustment buttons. I am not here to tell you about a car. This is the Aston DB7 Vantage, in open-top Volante

It is difficult to know how to write a of a car such as the Vantage. For starters, car costs Ј104,350 in the UK. I cannot to buy it. I am guessing that most of our are in a similar position.

If you are, I you not to linger over the photographs for too The idea of selling your in exchange for a nice tent and a on which to hang your new Martin car keys becomes tempting.

The DB7 shape has matured beautifully. changes in recent years been minor, limited to a aggressive stance, and this some rather fantastic spoke alloy wheels with the new DB7 GT incidentally). Be in no doubt you are looking at a piece of automotive Admittedly, the coupe lines are pure, but the Volante version looks great with the up or down, despite the fact it does not fold flat.

than working on your the reason for opting for the open-top must be to show off the carefully interior. On the test car, the red and leather offset the deep paintwork a treat. Despite the subtle exterior hue, car turns heads and attracts fingers.

Could be something to do with the shark-like nose. Then it could be the noise emitting those none-too-subtle tailpipes.

I have been trying to my enthusiasm for the music the Vantage’s produces, as it is verging on unhealthy. The DB7 is powered by a 6.0-litre V12.

It peak power of 420 bhp and a space-time warping 400 lb.ft of creamy Taking the train-like torque consideration, you may well assume gearchanging is a rather unnecessary However, this jewel of an really likes to be revved Peak power is at 6000 and you will want to hear the wail of the engine as it reaches speed time and time Ally super-train acceleration to noise and you may soon experience overload.

Not that lifting off the throttle help to calm you down, as off produces the most wonderful and rumbling from the exhaust, as if the car is at you for not pressing on. Such character is in today’s world of clinical control.

The Aston’s forte is undoubtedly along well-surfaced sweeping though I expect a short hop Europe would be a breeze On smooth routes, the large and stiff chassis keep it all on the with traction control in too much exuberance. The front of the car feels floaty when on bitumen, which I suspect is an of the suspension having to control the of the V12 engine and turn corners.

Aston Martin DB7

The DB7 was intended to be a car for really twisty but it was still fun trying it out on some of my roads in Cambridgeshire. Mid-corner is plenty of feedback through the steering wheel. Grip is too, enabling the driver to terrific slugs of torque to the at the exit of a corner with more than a slight from the tail letting know you are not hanging about. The spoilsports at the party are the brakes.

They do their job well but they do not inspire confidence at The DB7 is a heavy car and the weight can really be when slowing into a corner from speed. The ABS in too easily which detracts the driver’s enjoyment. Though the Martin was not designed always to be in the manner described, I would a nicer set of anchors.

The problem is most likely the of that lovely engine.

I that I dropped straight road tester mode for a moment, large price tag and Still, the rest of us now know the other half don’t in a perfect world after Ј104,000 may buy you a beautiful, capable car with the heritage behind the Martin badge. Money buy you everything though.

Such as access to seat controls. Now that sound petty?

thanks to Classic Cars

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