The Aston Martin DB7 is a Grand Tourer, the Aston Martin from September 1994 to December 2004. The Gran Turismo was produced available as a coupe or a convertible. The prototype was completed between November 1992 and debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993, the car of Ian Callum Keith Helfet was styled. The six-cylinder Aston Martin DB7 was positioned as “entry-level” model of the hand-built V8 Virage introduced a few years earlier. This model was highest production Aston Martin vehicle ever built with more than 7,000 before it was replaced by the Aston Martin DB9.
Aston Martin DB7 Overview
The Aston Martin DB7 is known internally as the NPX project has largely with funds from Jaguar and had the financial support of the Ford Motor Company, owner of the Aston Martin DB7 from 1988 to 2007. The platform is an evolution of the Jaguar XJS is, albeit with many changes. The styling began as the stillborn Jaguar F-Type (XJ41 – Coupe / XJ42 – Convertible) by Keith Helfet designed. Ford canceled this car and the overall design was grafted onto a platform XJS. The styling received modest changes by Ian Callum, so that it looked like an Aston Martin. First generation of the Jaguar XK-8 also uses a further development of the XJ-S / Aston Martin DB7 platform and the cars have a family resemblance, though the Aston Martin was much more expensive and rare.
The Aston Martin DB7 was developed in Kidlington, Oxfordshire on behalf of Aston Martin, Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The engines are further incorporated in Kidlington during the production run of the vehicle. With the production of the Virage continue at Newport Pagnell, was a new factory in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, which was previously used the Jaguar XJ220, where every Aston Martin DB7 would be built during its production running purchased produce. The Aston Martin DB7 and his relatives were the only Aston Martin produced in Bloxham and the only trait with a steel modular Jaguar the (Aston Martin was for the bodies of their cars use aluminum and models for the DB7 use aluminum introduced traditional for the housing and for the many important body parts).
The convertible Volante version was presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 1996 reveals Both versions feature a compressor straight-6 engine, the 335 hp (250 kW, 340 hp) and produces 361 pounds · ft (489 N·m) of torque. In the US, the coupe for $ 140,000 and $ 150,000 for the Volante sold. Works Service provided a special dynamic handling package that greatly improved performance and handling for drivers who want more than the standard configuration.
Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage
In 1999, the stronger Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Its 5.9-liter 48-valve V12 engine produced 420 hp (313 kW; 426 hp) and 400 pounds (540 Nm) of torque. It has a compression ratio of 10.3: 1 transmissions were either a Tremec T-56 six-speed manual or a ZF 5HP30 five-speed automatic transmission. Aston Martin claimed it had (299 km / h) (266 km / h) (97 km / h) speed up a top speed of 186mph with either the manual or 165 mph with the automatic transmission and would from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. It is 4,692 mm long, 1,830 mm (72.0 inches) wide, 1,243 mm (48.9 inches) tall, with a weight of 1,800 kg (3,968.3 lb).After the launch of the Vantage sales of the turbocharged straight-6 engine Aston Martin DB7 had significantly reduced, and so the production was completed by mid-1999.
In 2002, a new version was launched with the name GT V12 or V12 GTA when equipped with an automatic transmission. It was the essentially an improved version of the Vantage, the V12 engine with 435 PS (324 kW, 441 hp) and 410 pounds · ft (560 Nm) of torque for manual GT, even if the automatic GTA retained the 420 hp and 400 pounds (540 N·m) of torque of the standard DB7 Vantage. In addition, the GT and GTA chassis was significantly updated by the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage models suspension. Aesthetically, compared with the Vantage has a mesh front grille, vents in the bonnet, a boot spoiler, an aluminum shift lever, optional carbon fiber trim and new wheels. It has (in 14.0) manufactured 355 mm front and 330 mm (13.0 in) rear ventilated disc brakes from Brembo. When tested by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear in 2003, he showed the ability of the car to pull away in fourth gear and continue until he hit the rev limiter with a tachometer viewed 135 mph (217 km/h). The production of the Aston Martin DB7 GT and Aston Martin DB7 GTA was extremely limited, as only 190 GT and 112 were produced worldwide GTA.