Aston Martin Vantage


Aston-martin-v8-vantage-2008The Aston Martin Vantage is by far my favourite Aston in their range. A muscular but sleek looking machine. The sound of the racing engines at Silverstone this year were awesome.

The V8 Vantage was initially powered by a 4.3 L (4300 cc) quad-cam 32 valve V8 which produced 380 hp at 7,300 rpm and 302 lb·ft at 5,000 rpm. However models produced after 2008 had a 4.7 litre 420 hp V8. 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 mph in 4.7 seconds topping out at 175 mph. Vantages with the enhanced 400 HP version of the 4.3 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 L V8 and 6.0 L V12 were even faster. In May 2008, Aston Martin announced new technological updates for the Vantage, which included changes to the engine, transmission, suspension and appearance.

V12 Vantage GT3
In 2012, Aston Martin unveiled a racing version of the V12 Vantage to replace the aging Aston Martin DBRS9 (which also used a V12 engine). The car is scheduled to compete in the FIA GT1 World Championship. (You can see this car running on a trip to Silverstone in 2013 on my YouTube channel)

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