Aston Martin Vantage


The Aston Martin Vantage was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005, and was designed to be the most affordable ‘new’ Aston Martin. Since the launch, the Vantage has gone on to sell over 10 000.

The two seat, two door coupé had a bonded aluminium structure for strength and lightness. The 172.5 inch (4.38 m) long coupé featured a hatchback-style tailgate for practicality, with a large luggage shelf behind the seats.

Initially, the Vantage had a 4.3 litre V8 engine that developed 380 bhp at 7,300 rpm, and 409 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm, but after 2008, the Vantage had its engine capacity increased to 4.7 litres, improving its power to 420 bhp and its torque to 470 nm.

In addition to the coupé, a convertible, known as the V8 Vantage Roadster, was unveiled at the 2006 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. Aston Martin also claimed that by chopping the roof off none of the structural rigidity had been lost, and that the Roadster had the same performance figures as the Coupé, but the absence of a roof made it even easier to hear the ferocious engine.

Variants – N400

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 bhp 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 Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit where it was able to complete a lap in under eight minutes. The N400 package was available on either the coupé or roadster, with 240 versions of each being built.

Variants – V12 Vantage

In December 2007, the company unveiled a concept based on the V8 Vantage. The car, known as the V12 Vantage RS, featured the V12 engine from the DBS and produced 510 hp. The power along with the weight of 1,680 kg allows the car to reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 190 mph (310 km/h).

Other additions include a new rear diffuser, a rear-wing which can be raised or lowered, and carbon-ceramic brakes. The bootlid and vented bonnet are also made from carbon fiber to help decrease the car’s weight. In early 2008, Aston Martin’s CEO confirmed production for V12 Vantage RS for mid 2009.

Development prototypes of the V12 Vantage RS appeared in April 2008 before Aston Martin unveiled the official V12 Vantage in 2009.

Statistics

Aston Martin 4.3 V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster

  • 0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
  • Top Speed: 178 mph
  • Bhp:            380 bhp
  • Torque:      409 Nm
  • Mpg:           21.2 mpg
  • Price:          £88,995 (Coupé), £96,995 (Roadster)

Aston Martin 4.7 V8 Coupé and Roadster

  • 0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
  • Top Speed: 180 mph
  • Bhp:            420 bhp
  • Torque:      470 Nm
  • Mpg:           21.2 mpg
  • Price:          £88,995 (Coupé), £96,995 (Roadster)

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

  • 0-60 mph: 4.1 seconds
  • Top Speed: 190 mph
  • Bhp:            510 bhp
  • Torque:      570 Nm
  • Mpg:           17.2 mpg
  • Price:          £135,000

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s