ASTON MARTIN LAUNCHES THE V8 VANTAGE
The Third Model from Aston Martin
Aston Martin unveiled the production version of its eagerly awaited
V8 Vantage at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday 1
First shown as a
concept car at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in
Detroit, the V8 Vantage immediately caused a worldwide sensation as
it allows Aston Martin to enter a new sector of the premium sports
car market with a genuine alternative to other cars that are
currently on offer.
liter DOHC V8
|| 380 HP@
|| 262.4 CI /
|| 302 lb-ft @
Weight lb (kg)
|| 3461 (1570)
Acceleration 0-62 mph
|| 5 sec.
|| 175 mph
|| Rear Wheel
"The V8 Vantage is a significant car for us,"
explained Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin. "It is now the
third model in our range and is the culmination of the first phase
of reinvigorating the Aston Martin brand around the world that began
in the year 2000.
"The V8 Vantage
is a true Aston Martin, built with the same high integrity and
passion as all of our cars. This is the more affordable Aston Martin
and its design and agility should help to widen our appeal and
attract younger customers to our marque."
Styling & Design
The exterior of the
V8 Vantage is beautiful and perfectly proportioned from every angle
with a low purposeful stance. Each carefully detailed feature
provides graphic evidence of the painstaking craftsmanship and
quality, which is synonymous with the Aston Martin marque.
The long bonnet and
two-seater cabin creates an instantly recognizable stance, while
minimal front and rear overhangs, combined with a wide track, appear
to push the rear wheels out and enhance the extremities of the
bodywork. At the rear a hatchback offers practicality not normally
found in sports cars of this type.
"The V8 Vantage
features many of the design cues that have become basic DNA for all
Aston Martin models and are leading edge in car design," added
Chassis, Engine and Performance
V8 Vantage has endured the most extensive test and development
programme in the Company's 91 year history during which 78
Prototypes were vigorously tested more than 1½ million miles. In
Dubai over 12,000 miles of testing was carried out where ambient
temperatures regularly hit 48ºc and the bodywork of the cars
High speed testing
was conducted at the Nardo test track in Italy and extensive testing
was carried out at Nurburgring's Nordschleife in Germany, and cold
weather testing in temperatures as low as -30ºc was undertaken in
The V8 Vantage is the
second model to use Aston Martin's unique VH (Vertical Horizontal)
architecture. Constructed from lightweight aluminum extrusions,
precision castings and pressings, the under frame is bonded with
aerospace adhesives and mechanically fixed with self-piercing
Certain complex parts
of the frame are precision die cast in aluminum; the door inner
panels are cast magnesium and the windscreen surround is a one piece
The frame is bonded
with cold-cure adhesive which has exceptional damping properties
that help soak up the vibrations which may otherwise appear if the
structure was welded.
precisely the set-up you want in a sports car," explained
Jeremy Main, Product Development Director of Aston Martin. "It
helps maximize all of the aspects that you need to create an
outstanding sports car."
The advanced quad-cam
32-valve engine is individually hand assembled by skilled Aston
Martin technicians at the company's new engine production facility
in Cologne, Germany, where every Aston Martin engine, including the
V12 for Vanquish S and DB9, is built.
"The V8 engine
is unique to Aston Martin," said Jeremy Main. "We share
expertise within the PAG organization but this design is totally new
and not a shared engine. Every significant part of it is unique from
the specification of the cylinder block to the cylinder heads,
crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, camshafts, inlet and exhaust
manifolds, lubrication system and engine management."
The bore and stroke
dimensions are optimized to provide an excellent balance between
outright power and torque, while a resonance induction system
improves tractability and performance.
The inlet camshaft
timing is variable resulting in improved low-end throttle response,
mid-range torque and seamless power delivery. Maximum power is
380bhp @ 7000rpm and maximum torque 302lb ft @ 5000rpm.
The V8 Vantage will
be initially offered with a 6-speed manual transmission and other
alternatives will be announced at a later date. A great deal of time
and effort has been spent ensuring that the new transmission has a
smooth and fast shift action to ensure its ultra close ratios can be
used to maximum effect.
"It is one of
the best manual gear changes in the world," added Jeremy Main.
"Driving enjoyment is a very important quality of the V8
Vantage and part of this is a superb gear change action."