Join Date: Feb 2001
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Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage
This tidy concept car is not only a challenge to Porsche's 911, but is also the basis of all future Aston Martin products. Previously known as project AM305, the AMV8 will be launched in early 2005 as an '06 model and will be built in a new factory on the grounds of the Aston Martin/Jaguar/Land Rover test track at Gaydon, England.
The concept, which is virtually identical to the production car, is the work of Aston's design director Henrik Fisker, who at BMW was responsible for the striking Z8. The AMV8 has a long hood, short front and rear overhangs and a very aggressive stance with the wheels firmly planted at the corners of the car. The tight, muscular body is wrapped around a front-engine/rear-drive chassis powered by a 350-bhp 4.3-liter V-8.
The AMV8 Vantage rides on a 102.3-in. wheelbase and is 171.1 in. in overall length, 73.7 in. wide and 51.1 in. tall and weighs just 3300 lb.
While the car has unmistakable Aston cues in the grille and side vents, the overall shape and surfaces are new — no hint of retro here. The Vantage name, if it carries over into production, would be the first time that it will be used to denote a specific model rather than a high-performance version of a specific nameplate.
In addition to the all-new exterior, Fisker designed a cabin that is unique to Aston Martin, and he promises that in production there won't be any controls, switches or faceplates from the Ford corporate parts bin.
"From the outset, the look, feel and functionality of the interior were key priorities," said Fisker. "Aston Martin is taking a new direction in its approach to design. We wanted to ensure that the AMV8 Vantage reflects the new direction that Aston Martin is now taking — modern, advanced technology but above all Aston Martin design." As a result, much of the switchgear and instrumentation has the look of a fine timepiece. In addition to leather trim, the accents are finished in anodized aluminum.
“This tidy concept car is not only a challenge to Porsche's 911, but is also the basis of all future Aston Martin products.”
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
My next Ford.....