DB7/DB7 Volante 1994-1999

VANTAGE - - The Specialist | Chicane -

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 3228cc, in-line 6, s/c Power 335bhp @ 5750rpm Torque 361lb ft @ 3000rpm 0-60mph 5.8sec Top speed 157mph 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.

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