V8/V12 Vantage

The V8 Vantage was a superb car; smaller and more agile than its big brothers, the DB9 and Vanquish, yet with the traditional Aston Martin attributes of style and quality, mixed with a good dose of high-tech.

Underneath the body lay a bonded aluminium frame onto which the aluminium, steel and composite panels were attached. The result was a light, stiff and strong structure.

The V8 Vantage was powered by an all-new 4.3-litre V8 engine, producing 380bhp and 417Nm of torque. The near 50:50 weight distribution was helped by mounting the gearbox at the rear of the car – a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. In 2008 a facelift model was released with a 4.7-litre, 420bhp, 470Nm V8.

The interior combined the now traditional, hand-trimmed leather and aluminium with modern ergonomics. Just like the DB9, it had the unique reverse-direction rev counter.

The V8 was followed by a V12 version in 2009, which was powered by the same 5.9-litre V12 found in the DBS – producing no less than an incredible 510bhp and 570Nm. Changes included a vented, carbonfibre bonnet, carbon bootlid and rear diffuser, and silver rear lamps as per the DBS.

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