Just the thing to complete your Vantage collection
3995cc, in-line 6 236bhp @ 5000rpm 265lb ft @ 4000rpm 9.0sec 130mph
5340cc, V8 375bhp @ 5500rpm n/a 5.3sec 170mph
With the Virage running out of steam in the mid-1990s, Aston Martin relaunched the model as the V8 Coupé – basically a Virage with revised bodywork inspired by the new twin-supercharged Vantage model, including its faired-in headlamps and four round tail-lights. Power was slightly up, the acceleration slightly sharper and the top speed was quoted, not terrribly helpfully, as ‘over 155mph’. An improvement in almost every way over the Virage, sales were, however, glacially slow. Just 101 Coupés and 63 Volantes were sold. Aston couldn’t survive building handfuls of handbuilt supercars; a more affordable model was needed. Ford, who had bought a majority share in AML in 1987, knew this and in 1994 launched the Ian Callum-styled DB7 – evoking memories of the 1960s DB cars – with a supercharged 3.2-litre straight-six and a steel monocoque that had its origins at Jaguar (Ford-owned at the time). A Volante followed in 1996. DB7 sales eventually topped 7000, making it then by far the most numerous Aston. Buying guide, Vantage issue 3.
SPECIFICATION Engine 5935cc, V12 Power 510bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 420lb ft @ 5750rpm 0-60mph 4.1sec Top speed 190mph
The notion of shoehorning Aston’s 5.9-litre V12 into the compact V8 Vantage was always amusing, and when Aston turned the concept into reality in 2009 it produced one of the finest drivers’ cars in its history. Distinguished by its rows of (functional) bonnet vents, the V12V builds on the V8 Vantage’s agility and adds another dimension of performance and desirability. The Roadster arrived in late 2012. Best of all, though, is the 565bhp ‘S’ launched in 2013. With a top speed of 205mph, it’s the fastest series-production Aston ever.
SPECIFICATION Engine 5204cc, biturbo V12 Power 600bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 516lb ft @ 1500rpm 0-60mph 3.7sec Top speed 200mph
The first all-new production car of the Andy Palmer era, the DB11 is the most important new Aston Martin since the launch of the DB9 – the car it replaces – more than a decade ago. With a brand new, highly efficient twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12, a raft of new electronic systems courtesy of technology partner Daimler, and innovative aerodynamic features, it’s the standard-bearer for Aston’s so-called Second Century Plan. In character, it’s a consummate GT car, but also a dazzlingly quick one. Aston’s future looks very bright indeed.