2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Written by mdvaldosta on May 6, 2006

2006 Aston Martin V8 VantageThe new 2006 Vantage is a no-excuses two-seat supercar in all respects. It’s beautifully built, performs magnificantly and while the ergonomics aren’t perfect, they’re not bad. All Aston had to do to achieve this was give up some of it’s Britishness. 

Expected to cost around $110,000 when it goes on sale later this year, which is really a bargain considering what you get. The 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is powered by a 380-hp, 4.3-liter V8 engine derived from the now ubiquitous Jaguar powerplant. The engine uses a dry-sump oil system to lower the center of gravity and makes a robust 303 lb-ft of torque at a lofty 5000 rpm. 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 claims 0-to-60-mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph. For now, there’s a six-speed manual transmission, but Aston boss Ulrich Bez says that a paddleshift sequential manual is in the works, “but not in the next twelve months.”

The car has all around control arm suspension, giant ventilated disc brakes with four-piston monoblock calipers, and standard eighteen-inch wheels and tires, with optional nineteens. We knew on the evidence of the previous concept car that the Vantage would look gorgeous, but the interior is also a treat, with aluminum accents, hand-stitched leather, and optional wood trim in walnut, mahogany, bamboo, and piano black. A pure two seater, it has a hatchback to access the luggage compartment, just like the DB2/4 from the 1950s.

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 172.5 inches long it is compact and very nimble and is the smallest model in the Aston Martin range.

It may be a little less English than before, but the Vantage V8 is the sort of world-class product that puts the Great into Britain. No excuses need be made. No slack need be cut.

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.

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