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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

“It’s a beautiful car with a perfect stance and proportions. Plant the right foot and a rush of acceleration comes on strong. That’s when the exhaust is uncorked and a throaty growl grows to a race-car wail.” - Road & Track Magazine

Beauty, power and grace are defining characteristics of Aston Martin automobiles. The breathtakingly attractive V8 Vantage is an elegant example of this ethos. Its perfectly wrought aluminum body and classic sports car proportions – long bonnet, short rear deck, steeply-raked windshield – represent a taut, athletic interpretation of Aston Martin’s exquisite design language. The V8 Vantage attains design perfection not with ornamentation or excess, but through restraint and a flawless purity of form. Above all, it is absolutely gorgeous from every angle and instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin.

Aston Martin was founded in England in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The company’s name was derived from Aston Hill where Lionel Martin raced. In 1947, David Brown purchased Aston Martin and in 1950 began producing the classic series of gran turismo cars bearing the “DB” initials. In 1987, Ford acquired Aston Martin and over the next 20 years thoroughly modernized the 80-year old British company. As a result, Aston was able to produce the extraordinary Vanquish, DB7, DB9, V-8 Vantage and the new DBS. In 2007, an international consortium that included Houstonian John Sinders acquired Aston Martin from Ford. With an exciting portfolio of advanced automobiles, plus new models in the product pipeline – such as the magnificent DB9-based “Rapide” – Aston Martin’s future looks very bright.

Introduced in 2004, the V-8 Vantage is a superbly built automobile. Its muscular V-8 mill – whose exhaust bark quickly turns from laid-back baritone burble to fierce alto howl – will catapult this Anglo-Saxon tour de force to cornea-contorting speeds. Its forward-looking “VH” bonded aluminum space frame, upon which all current Aston’s are based, is one of the lightest and most structurally rigid platforms in the world and combines with a sophisticated suspension to make the V-8 Vantage a great handling sports car.

Beautifully styled and stunningly finished, there are precious few cars in the world that perform as brilliantly as Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage. It is a car whose dazzling visual allure forces you to look back every time you walk away.


MSRP: $115,000 – 143,000
Type: V-8
Displacement: 4.3L
Power: 380 hp
Torque: 302 lb-ft
Redline: 7,000 rpm
Drivetrain, Chassis & Body
Transmission: Automated Manual
Paddle Shift: Yes
Clutch Pedal: No
Layout: Front-Engine
Drive Type: Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3,460 lbs
Construction: Aluminum
Seats: 2
0-60 mph: 4.3 sec
¼ Mile: 13.1 sec @ 108 mph
Top Speed: 175 mph
Braking (60-0): 107 ft
Power Ratio: 9.1 lbs/hp