Aston Martin DB7 Vantage
The name Aston Martin always reminds us super sleuths, flashy road maneuvers and high octane on-screen action sequences. It’s surely one of the most popular British luxury automobile brands and source of the finest technologies on wheels. DB7 series first came out in 1994 as a base series, positioned below the custom-built V8 Virage series. It shared some resources with Jaguar XJS and also the Jaguar XJ220. However, DB7 was surely a degree higher than Jaguar in terms of price and luxury quotient. In the 1999 Geneva Auto Show, Aston Martin launched a top end version in DB7 series, which was more popular as DB7 Vantage. This vehicle was in-production till 2004. As an entry level Aston Martin DB7 it became quite popular. Company managed to sell almost 7000 units during the years between 1994 and 2004. However, post-Vantage straight-6 DB7 was discontinued completely. Vantage series was priced between $140,000 and $150,000 in 4 different styles – Coupe Auto, Coupe Manual, Volante Auto and Volante Manual.
Vantage was obviously the most powerful in entire DB7 series. It sported 6L V12 engine with 48 valves. Top power output capacity was 420 hp and top toque was 400 lb-ft at a compression ratio of 10.3:1. Vantage series was available in TREMEC 6-speed manual or ZF 5HP30 5-speed full automatic transmissions. With manual transmission, top speed was 299 km/h and the same with automatic was 266 km/h. Performance-wise, DB7 Vantage was able to reach 100 km/h from 0 in 4.9 seconds and 160km/h in 11.4 seconds. This was for sure not a bad statistics for a sports car in full luxury trim.
Inside the cabin, DB7 Vantage was 2+2; however, rear seat was tiny and not suitable for regular use. One had the option to completely remove the back seat in exchange of larger cargo space. As a luxury car brand, Aston Martin had rightly designed the car's interior. It was a cocktail of sporty and plush features. Interior texture was a mix of Connolly leather and wood veneer, which was no doubt too much British in taste. Alpine stereo system and CD player was a standard feature. Customers had the choice to personalize interior fabric and other features. Optional features included umbrella holder and fitted luggage. It came with auto-ignition; that meant that one could start the car pressing down a red button in the dash instead of turning the key. For comfortable ride, it sported independent coil spring suspension on rear and front wheels.
DB7 Vantage was available in coupe and open Volante trims with clean and free flowing body lines. Within the body, integrated head lamps and fog lamps gave the car a distinct look. It also made the car aerodynamic. Exterior body paint was fully customizable. Dimension-wise, DB7 Vantage was 4666 mm long, 1238 mm high and 1830 wide with a wheelbase of 2591 mm and curb weight of 1780 kg. Both the front and rear wheel tracks were same of 1516 mm and it sported 18 inches alloy wheels in front and rear. Unlike other Aston Martin vehicles, DB7 utilized stainless steel element in its chassis construction.