Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin
aka Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Production 2005 - present
Class Entry-level Sports car
Body Style 2-door, 2-seat Coupe
2-door, 2-seat Volante (cabriolet)
Length 172 in.
Width 73.5 in.
Height 49.5 in
Wheelbase 102.5 in.
Weight 3595 lbs
Transmission 6 speed Manual, RWD
Engine 4.3 litre (4280 cc) quad-cam 32-valve V8
Power 380 hp @ 7000 rpm
302 lb-ft of torque @ 5000 rpm
Similar Porsche 911
Maserati GranTurismo
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The modern Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a compact sports car. Aston Martin previously used the "Vantage" name on its highest-performance vehicles, and notably used the "V8 Vantage" name on their supercar of the 1970s and 1980s. The modern car, in contrast, is the lowest line in Aston's 3-model lineup, and is intended as an affordable volume model to compete with the Porsche 911.

The V8 Vantage was first seen at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005. The two seat, two door coupe has a bonded aluminium structure for strength and lightness. The 4.38 m (14.4 ft)-long coupe has a hatchback-style tailgate for practicality, with a large luggage shelf behind the seats. Note that Aston Martin invented the hatchback body style with the 1953 DB2/4.

The V8 Vantage was initially powered by a 4.3 L quad-cam 32-valve V8 which produced 380 hp (280 kW) at 7,300 rpm and 302 lb·ft (409 N·m) at 5,000 rpm, however models produced after 2008 had a 4.7 liter V8 which produced 420 hp (310 kW) and 350 lb·ft (470 N·m) of torque. Though based loosely on Jaguar's AJ-V8 engine architecture, this engine is unique to Aston Martin and features race-style dry-sump lubrication, which enables it to be mounted low to lower the centre of gravity. The engine is assembled by hand at the AM facility in Cologne, Germany, which also builds the V12 for the DB9, DBS and V12 Vantage. The cylinder block, cylinder heads, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, camshafts, inlet and exhaust manifolds, lubrication system and engine management are all unique to the Aston Martin version.

The V8 Vantage can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. The V8 Vantage is able to keep up with its more powerful relative, the Aston Martin DB9, because of its lighter weight. The engine is front mid-mounted with a rear-mounted transaxle, giving a 49:51 front:rear weight distribution.

The V8 Vantage will cost £79,000 or €104,000 when it goes on sale towards the end of summer 2005. Aston Martin plans to build as many as 4,000 V8 Vantages per year.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Aston Martin V8 Vantage Review.

Recent Changes

  • Introduced at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of speed Aston Martin introduced the Vantage GT8. The car is inspired from the vantage gte race car. Only 150 units were built with most featuring a manual 6-speed transmission with a few of the GT8s having dual clutch transmissions. It is also likely the last variantion of the current generation Vantage before the next generation Vantage comes out.
  • Aston Martin replaces the N400 with the N420 for 2012. The new car features 420 hp (up 20 hp) as well as 27 kilograms (60 pounds) weight savings. Aston also throws in the otherwise optional Sports Pack to take care of the suspension tweaks.[1][2]
  • For 2010, Aston Martin Racing has released another competition-spec V8 Vantage to stave off competition such as the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the Gallardo Superleggera. The new car is dubbed the Vantage GT4. It is based off the 4.7-liter V8 platform, however, it features a recalibrated engine management system tuned for racing, a free flowing exhaust system, racing-hard suspension, uprated brakes and an optional sportshift transmission. It also loses 300 kg (down to 1330 kg / 2932 lb) while gaining all appearances of serious sporting intent via an interior now adorned with high-strength steel rollcage scaffolding, Recaro competition seats and Lifeline Zero 360 fire extinguisher. Prices start at £96,645 ($143,000 U.S. or €114,150) and delivery should commence in January 2009.[3][4]
  • Fresh from its sale to Prodrive, Aston Martin' new owners have been quick at work to emphasize performance in their handling of the vaunted marque. For 2007, Aston Martin has released the V8 Vantage N24. Essentially, a road-legal version of the V8 Vantage racecar that's been tearing up Le Mans.
  • For the 2007 IAA, Aston Martin unveiled the V8 Vantage N400. The nameplate commemorates Aston Martin racing history at the Nϋrburgring and features vast improvements including an upgrade to the 4.3L V8 engine - now producing 400 hp torque peaking to 420Nm, a sports package of lightweight graphite-finished aluminum wheels, up-rated springs and dampers and a new rear anti-roll bar. The grille now sports a bright finish. Side sill design has also been revised as well as the hood and side strake meshes. In the rear, clear rear lamp lenses now take the place of the standard red units while the interior receives creature comforts such as satnav, Bluetooth and heated seats. [5]

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  • RECALL ALERT: On October 6, 2010, the NHTSA issued a recall notice affecting all V8 Vantage, DB9 or DBS produced during the 2007 and 2008 model year (1090 cars in total) due to a cam bolt in the front bottom suspension arm that could crack, allowing the lower control arm to move about in ways that compromise handling and car control. The recall is scheduled to begin on or before October 18, 2010. Dealers will replace the offending bolt free of charge. [6]


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Current Generation: (2005–present)

The V8 Vantage is Aston Martin's highest volume and most affordable car in quite some time; the mass market Aston, if you consider $120,000 hand-crafted sports car "mass market". It's goal is to fuse Aston Martin style with everyday usability, and compete with the Porsche 911's and BMW M6 type cars.

First Generation/Origins: (1977-1989)

For more information see Aston Martin V8 Vantage (1977)


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See also


Prodrive Ltd.

Prodrive | Aston Martin | Lagonda | Tickford | Glenn Seton Racing | Aston Martin Racing

Current Models: V8 Vantage · V8 Vantage Volante · V12 Vantage · DB11 · Vanquish · Rapide · Vulcan · ·

Historic cars: DB1 · DB2 · DB3 · DB2/4 · DB Mark III · DB4 · DB4 GT Zagato · DB5 · DB6 · DBS (1967) · V8 · DB7 · V12 Vantage · DB7 Zagato · DB AR1 · Lagonda · Lagonda Rapide

Historic Supercars: V8 Vantage · V8 Zagato · Virage · V12 Vanquish

Racing/Competition: DB3 · DBSS · DBR1 · DBR2 · DBR3 · DBR4 · DBR5 · DP212 · DP214 · DP215 · Nimrod · AMR1 · DBR9 · DBRS9 · Rally GT · Vantage GT2 · Vantage GT4 · LeMans Works LMP1 · Rapide 24h Nurburgring

Concept cars: AM4 · Jet · Bulldog · Jet 2 · Lagonda Vignale · Vanquish Zagato Roadster · 20/20 · AMV8 Vantage · Rapide Concept · V12 Vantage RS Concept · Cygnet Concept

David Brown · David Richards · Ford

Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford Corporate website A brand of Prodrive Ltd.

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