The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was celebrated speed at its inception 1977 “Britain’s first supercar” as for his 170 mph (270 km / h). Its engine was shared with the Lagonda, but it uses high-performance camshafts, increased compression, larger intake valves and larger carburetors on new distributor mounted for increased performance. Straight-line performance was the best of the day, with an acceleration of 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than the Ferrari Daytona.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage first series had 375 hp (280 kW) and series-specific details such as a hidden hood vent and a separate rear spoiler. Total 38 of them were built, the Oscar-India version, which launched in late 1978, featured an integrated spoiler tea tray and smooth hood bulge. Inside a black leather-covered dashboard replaces the previous walnut. The wooden dashboard found its way back into the Vantage in the eighties, resulting in a more luxurious look. The Oscar-India-version also receive a slight increase in power to 390 hp (291 kW). This line was established, with some running Exchange, until 1989. From 1986, the engine had 403 hp (301 kW).
The Vantage name had previously been used by a number of high-performance versions of the Aston Martin cars, but this was a separate model. Although based on the Aston Martin V8, numerous detail changes added to a unique driving experience. One of the most striking features was found instead of the open scoop on the normal V8 enclosed hood bulge. The grid area was also closed, inlaid with two headlights and added a spoiler on the trunk lid.
The 1986-1989 580 ‘X package “was another upgrade, with Cosworth pistons and Nimrod Race type heads produces 403hp. A” Big Bore “aftermarket option was also of Works Service, with 50mm carbs (instead of 48 mm) and straight- Through exhaust system give 432hp (the same engine as fitted to the limited edition V8 Zagato. 16-inch (406-mm) wheels were now built in. If that were not enough, a 450 hp (336 kW) 6,3- liter version was also used by Aston Martin, and independents offered a 7-liter version.
304 Series 2 Vantage coupe were built – including 131 X-packs and 192 Floaters. The “Cosmetic” Vantage 14 Series 2 coupes and 56 Volantes built Cosmetic Vantage was missing but the powerful Vantage engine retained the name Vantage and most of their body changes, if the lack of carburetor allows a flattened hood. From 1980 they presented DOT-approved 5mph (8 km/h) safety bumpers front and rear. most of these cars are upgraded since with full force, European spec engines. Although the full specification Vantage models were not introduced in the United States, when new, now they are for entry under the DOT ‘Show and Display’ to qualify rules in most US states. Federal requirements for vehicles older than 25 years are less strict.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage convertible version was also produced, which between 1986 and 1989 six mechanically similar cars had been built to order, but it was not regularly available until then. The production version presented an even deeper front bumper than the Vantage, wider wheel arches and side skirts extended. 1987 Prince of Wales took delivery of a Vantage Volante, but at his request without wider wheel arches of production cars, front bumper and side skirts. This became known as the “Prince of Wales Spec” (or POW) and about 26 other such cars were built by the factory known. These are now generally considered the most desirable of all the 1970s / 80s V8 models.
James Bond Aston Martin V8 Vantage
James Bond car in the 1987 film The Living Daylights. At the beginning of the film, the car is a Aston Martin V8 Vantage (convertible). The car in these scenes was a Volante Aston Martin Lagonda Chairman possession, Victor Gauntlett. Later, the car is equipped with a hard top (“winterizing”) at Q branch equipped, and these scenes are built with a pair of non Aston Martin V8 Vantage sedans, with the same characteristics as the original car, but with Vantage badge to meet now installing the previous Aston Martin V8 Vantage.