Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Introduced at Birmingham in October 1988, the all-new Aston Martin Virage succeeded the V-8 Vantage. Its hand-formed aluminium body was wider, more aero-efficient and based on a new chassis with extensive lightweight aluminium, which was designed in collaboration with the Finite Element Analysis Department of the Cranfield Institute of Technology. The updated 5,340 cc DOHC, 32-valve V-8 engine was developed in conjunction with Callaway Engineering, and for the first time, it did not require de-tuning to comply with tough U.S. vehicle emission standards.

Although visually similar, the aggressive Vantage shared only its roof, doors and basic mechanicals with the Virage. Output of the 5.3-litre V-8 was raised to 550 bhp with the addition of two Eaton superchargers. In true supercar fashion, the car could sprint from rest to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds with an official 186-mph top speed. The largest ventilated front disc brakes fitted to any road car at the time and four-piston AP Racing callipers provided stopping power to match the stunning performance. Only 239 examples of the Vantage were built between 1992 and 1999.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

550 bhp, 5,340 cc DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine with twin Eaton superchargers, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, De Dion rear axle with Watt linkage, trailing arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tim Scott

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