Power on the 2007 Aston Martin Vantage is provided by a 383-horsepower, 4.3L V8 with dry-sump lubrication--for more consistent oil distribution in high-performance track driving--and variable inlet cam timing. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the Vantage can race to 60 miles per hour in a respectable 5.0 seconds, reaching a top speed of 175 mph, and the engine revs up to a raucous 7,300 rpm.
There's also an optional SportShift transmission, which brings magnesium paddle shifters alongside the steering wheel to command quick upshifts or downshifts. It has a "creep" feature that allows the vehicle to behave like a conventional automatic when you lift off the brake pedal unlike several competing systems.
Handling is an especially strong suit for the Vantage. The gearbox is rear-mounted, for a more even weight distribution, the engine's dry-sump configuration allows it to be mounted low, and the wishbone suspension helps manage the power and weight well on tight, curvy roads. The two-seat Vantage is somewhat heavy for a small sports car yet quite light for a V8 tourer. Thanks to the extensive use of aluminum components, it weighs less than 3,500 pounds.
The interior is laid out with tight, cockpit-like accommodations for two yet has materials and conveniences as commonly offered in luxury cars. The Vantage is available in a wide range of trims, including mahogany, bamboo, walnut, and Piano Black finishings. Platinum silver fittings are also available.
Side air bags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are also standard. Key options include xenon headlamps, a navigation system, a heated windshield, heated seats, and parking sensors.
Handling; new SportShift transmission; image and exclusivity.
After being completely new for 2006, Aston Martin's Vantage is carried over to 2007 with few changes. New leather-upholstered seats are added for 2007, along with head and thorax side air bags. A clutchless, F1-style gearbox called SportShift joins the options list.
The two-seat 2007 Vantage is more of a sports car than the larger, heavier 2+2 models from Aston Martin, and the Vantage ranks as the most affordable vehicle in the British automaker's exclusive model line. It's a direct competitor to the Porsche 911, and possibly the Jaguar XKR and the Audi R8.
Vehicle Price: 114,550.00
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