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Aston Martin launches the V8 Vantage - the third model from Aston Martin

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Aston Martin has issued the following press release:



Aston Martin unveiled the production version of its eagerly awaited V8 Vantage at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday 1st March.

First shown as a concept car at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the V8 Vantage immediately caused a worldwide sensation as it allows Aston Martin to enter a new sector of the premium sports car market with a genuine alternative to other cars that are currently on offer.

Deliveries of the V8 Vantage to customers in the UK and Europe will begin in late summer and in North America and the rest of the world by the end of the year.

It will be built at Aston Martin’s Headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK, and completes the current Aston Martin line-up. This now comprises the flagship Vanquish S, the elegant DB9 and the agile V8 Vantage


Styling & Design
The exterior of the V8 Vantage is beautiful and perfectly proportioned from every angle with a low purposeful stance. Each carefully detailed feature provides graphic evidence of the painstaking craftsmanship and quality, which is synonymous with the Aston Martin marque.

The long bonnet and two-seater cabin creates an instantly recognisable stance, while minimal front and rear overhangs, combined with a wide track, appear to push the rear wheels out and enhance the extremities of the bodywork. At the rear a hatchback offers practicality not normally found in sports cars of this type.

Offered with an imaginative combination of different leathers, contemporary fabrics and aluminium, V8 Vantage customers will have an extensive choice of standard body and trim colours from which to choose.

The V8 Vantage is a two-seater, with the rear environment offering a large luggage shelf area accessed by a tailgate.

Inside, Aston Martin’s craftsmanship is matched to striking 21st century style. The dials are made from aluminium, and together with the switchgear have a very distinct design and unique Aston Martin look and feel.


Chassis, Engine and Performance
The V8 Vantage has endured the most extensive test and development programme in the Company’s 91 year history during which 78 Prototypes were vigorously tested more than 1½ million miles. In Dubai over 12,000 miles of testing was carried out where ambient temperatures regularly hit 48ºc and the bodywork of the cars reached 87ºc.

High speed testing was conducted at the Nardo test track in Italy and extensive testing was carried out at Nurburgring’s Nordschleife in Germany, and cold weather testing in temperatures as low as -30ºc was undertaken in Sweden.

The V8 Vantage is the second model to use Aston Martin’s unique VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture. Constructed from lightweight aluminium extrusions, precision castings and pressings, the underframe is bonded with aerospace adhesives and mechanically fixed with self-piercing rivets.

Certain complex parts of the frame are precision die cast in aluminium; the door inner panels are cast magnesium and the windscreen surround is a one piece aluminium casting.

The frame is bonded with cold-cure adhesive which has exceptional damping properties that help soak up the vibrations which may otherwise appear if the structure was welded.

The unique architecture provides an excellent backbone, while the use of sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and advanced composites for the body further contributes to the car’s low weight and class-leading rigidity.

The V8 Vantage uses a combination of aluminium, steel and advanced composite exterior panels. Composites are used for panels with a high degree of complexity and a deeper shape, such as the front wings, which incorporate the distinctive side strakes.

Aston Martin’s engineers have worked with Ford Research and Nottingham University to develop RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) composite panels, using unique processes and materials, resulting in composite panels and extremely high surface finish. The process ensures that the optimum amount of reinforcement material is used in each area of the panel to ensure optimum strength and weight.

Steel pressings are used for the body side panels to achieve the sheer depth of the design. This delivers the required style without resorting to using several panels in the rear three-quarter area, resulting in a remarkably clean and uncluttered appearance.

The V8 Vantage is very much a pure sports car, so from the outset, the priority of Aston Martin’s engineers was to focus on a lightweight, compact size, agility and power. At just 4.38 metres long it is compact and very nimble and is the smallest model in the Aston Martin range.

The all new 380 bhp engine is a 4.3 litre, low emissions all aluminium alloy V8, unique to Aston Martin. This new V8 uses the latest technology to deliver outstanding performance in all environments.

The layout of the powertrain adopts a transaxle configuration, whereby the front mid-mounted engine is connected to the transmission - at the rear of the car - via a cast aluminium torque tube and carbon fibre prop-shaft. This configuration provides the car with a 49:51 weight distribution, giving outstanding handling characteristics and excellent all round capabilities.

Aston Martin has adopted a dry-sump lubrication system for the V8 Vantage. Often used in racing cars, this system allows the engine to sit very low in the body, lowering the centre of gravity which in turn helps to improve handling and the overall balance and stability of the car. The system also helps to improve engine durability by maintaining lubrication under conditions of extreme cornering and braking.

The advanced quad-cam 32-valve engine is individually hand assembled by skilled Aston Martin technicians at the company’s new engine production facility in Cologne, Germany, where every Aston Martin engine, including the V12 for Vanquish S and DB9, is built.

“The V8 engine is unique to Aston Martin,“ said Jeremy Main. “We share expertise within the PAG organisation but this design is totally new and not a shared engine. Every significant part of it is unique from the specification of the cylinder block to the cylinder heads, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, camshafts, inlet and exhaust manifolds, lubrication system and engine management.”

The bore and stroke dimensions are optimised to provide an excellent balance between outright power and torque, while a resonance induction system improves tractability and performance.

The inlet camshaft timing is variable resulting in improved low-end throttle response, mid-range torque and seamless power delivery. Maximum power is 380bhp @ 7000rpm and maximum torque 302lb ft @ 5000rpm.

The V8 Vantage will be initially offered with a 6-speed manual transmission and other alternatives will be announced at a later date. A great deal of time and effort has been spent ensuring that the new transmission has a smooth and fast shift action to ensure its ultra close ratios can be used to maximum effect.

"It is one of the best manual gear changes in the world," added Jeremy Main. "Driving enjoyment is a very important quality of the V8 Vantage and part of this is a superb gear change action."

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Specification

ENGINE:
All alloy quad overhead camshaft 32 valve, 4.3 litre V8. Variable Inlet Camshaft Timing. Dry sump lubrication system. Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves. Front-mid mounted engine. Rear wheel drive

Maximum Power:
283kW (380 bhp) @ 7000 rpm

Maximum Torque:
410 Nm (302 Ib.ft) @ 5000 rpm

Maximum Speed:
280 km/h (175 mph)

Acceleration:
0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds
0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds

Bore: 89mm (3.504 in)

Stroke: 86mm (3.386 in)

BODY:
Two door style with tailgate and 2+0 seating. Bonded aluminium structure, Aluminium alloy, steel, composite, and magnesium alloy body. Extruded aluminium side impact bars Halogen projector headlamps, LED rear lamps.

STEERING:
Rack and pinion power assisted steering. Column reach and tilt adjust.

TRANSMISSION:
Rear mid-mounted 6 speed Graziano manual gearbox. Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre prop-shaft. Limited slip differential.

Gear Ratios:
1st 3.154
2nd 1.974
3rd 1.435
4th 1.148
5th 0.935
6th 0.775

Final Drive Ratio 3.909:1


BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated grooved steel discs 355mm
diameter with radial-mounted four piston Brembo monobloc calipers.

Rear: Ventilated steel discs 330mm diameter with radial mounted four piston monobloc calipers and separate handbrake caliper.
Anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic braking distribution (EBD), traction control (TC), electronic brake assist (EBA) and dynamic stability control (DSC). Positive torque control (PTC)

WHEELS & TYRES:
Standard
10 Spoke Alloy wheel
Front: 8.5J x 18” Rear: 9.5J x 18”

Tyres - Bridgestone Potenza tyres
Front: 235/45 ZR18 Rear: 275/40 ZR18

Optional
7 Spoke Alloy Wheel
Front: 8.5J x 19” Rear: 9.5J x 19”

Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza tyres
Front: 235/40 ZR19 Rear: 275/35 ZR18

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS:
Length:
4383 mm (172.5 inches)

Width:
1866 mm (73.5 inches)
(excluding mirrors)

2022 mm (79.6 inches)
(including mirrors)

Height:
1255 mm (49.4 inches)

Wheelbase:
2600 mm (102.4 inches)

Front Track:
1568 mm (61.7 inches)

Rear Track:
1562 mm (61.5 inches)

Turning Circle: (Kerb to Kerb)
11.1 m (36 feet 5 inches)

Boot capacity:
300 litres (10.6 cu.ft)

Fuel capacity:
77 litres (16.8 UK Gal / 20.2 US Gal)

Kerb Weight:
1570kgs (3461 Ib)

SUSPENSION
Independent double aluminium wishbones, coil over aluminium monotube dampers, Front and rear anti-roll bars.

INTERIOR
Technical grain leather. Alloy finished console facia, Anthracite interior fittings, 10 way electrically adjustable seats, Automatic Temperature Control, Heated rear screen, Aston Martin system with CD player, Battery Disconnect Switch, Trip computer, Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Airbags, Side Airbags, Alarm and immobiliser.

OPTIONS:
Full natural grain leather with full Alcantara headlining, Alternative facia trims available, High Intensity Discharge Headlamps (dipped beam) and powerwash, Bright finish grille, Alternative Brake Caliper Finish (Black, Red, Silver), Platinum interior fittings, Heated seats, Heated front screen, Cruise Control, Reversing Sensors, Battery Conditioner, Powerfold mirrors, Integrated GSM Telephone, Colour Sat NAV with traffic messaging channel, Tracker, Upgrade alarm system, Tyre pressure monitoring, Smokers Pack, Personalised Sill Plaques, Fire Extinguisher, Premium Aston Martin audio system.











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V8 Vantage Ready To Take Fight To 911

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In the performance coupé wars, it's Ad-Vantage Aston Martin! The British firm revealed the long-awaited V8 Vantage at this week's Geneva Motor Show, and the Porsche 911 is firmly in its sights. Key to the new car's appeal is its striking looks, made even more dramatic by this stunning Cool Yellow finish.

The model is charged with boosting the company's profile, but without losing the brand's exclusive appeal. Chief executive Dr Ulrich Bez told us: "This is the more affordable Aston Martin, and its design and agility should help to widen our appeal and attract younger customers to our marque."

The low roofline gives it an aggressive stance, and Aston fans will be pleased to see that some of the key elements from the rest of the range have been carried over - including the trademark grille, long bonnet and side vents.

At 4.38 metres long, the V8 Vantage is only fractionally bigger than a Ford Focus. The coupé is a strict two-seater, and its low overall weight will make for swift acceleration, while a practical boot lurks under the rear hatch.

The firm's engineers have worked hard to ensure that the new car can deliver performance to match its looks. Under the bonnet is an aluminium 4.3-litre V8. The hand-built unit has variable camshaft timing which will give impressive low-rev torque without compromising top-end power.

A dry sump oil system - usually only found on racing cars - allows the engine to be mounted lower in the chassis for a centre of gravity closer to the road. The powerplant delivers 380bhp and 410Nm of torque, which helps the supercoupé deliver a 0-60mph time of only 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 175mph.

Aston has built the Vantage on its in-house VH platform, which also forms the basis of the Vanquish and DB9. The new car comes with a six-speed manual gearbox mounted in the rear transaxle, giving the Vantage a 49:51 weight distribution for superb handling. A semi-automatic transmission is set to be offered in the future.

Inside, the car will have the same high-quality hand-finished cabin as its siblings. Luxury leather trim and unique detailing, such as aluminium dials and optional Alcantara headlining, will feature. The V8 Vantage will go on sale in Britain this summer, and is expected to cost around £70,000.









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