2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Coupe

To make the gorgeous DB7 more exclusive, Aston Martin launched the V12 Vantage option at the 1999 Detroit Motor Show. Compared the the standard inline-6, the V12 had much more performance potential with only a 122 lb weight gain.

At the time the 5935cc engine was all new and could produce 420 bhp in standard form. Since Aston was owned by Ford at the time, the engine was developed by Aston Martin, Ford Research and Cosworth Engineering. It used an aluminum alloy black and cylinder heads. To fit the unit, major changes were made the front structure of the car to make it more rigid. The suspension was also firmed up to underline the car’s performance potential.

In conjunction with the new engine, Aston slightly restyled the DB7 to include new new sills, an englarged grill and front fog lights. Ian Callum said “It was obvious the car had more power so the car had to also look more powerful. But I was very reluctant to change anything about the car because I thought it was perfect the way it was.” He went on to say “I love the front. The spotlights were directly from the DBR1 racing cars; it was something very Aston Martin that I could relate to, so that’s the idea behind it. Because it had to have a bigger cooling area the front got lower and more dramatic but from the rear I had my reservations about some things.”1

Sources & Further Reading

1.Dowsey, David. Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul. Peleus Press: 2007

Since the cost of the Vantage model wasn’t that great over the standard model, it quickly became the best selling Aston Martin of all time.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at England
body stylist Ian Callum
engine 60º V12
position Front, Longitudinal
block material Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 5935 cc / 362.2 in³
compression 10.3:1
power 313.2 kw / 420.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 70.77 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 235.96 bhp per tonne
torque 540 nm / 398.3 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frame Semi-Monocoque Steel body ober Steel Tub-Chassis
driven wheels RWD w/LSD
wheel type Alloy
front tires 245/40ZR18 Bridgestone S02
rear tires 265/35ZR18 Bridgestone S02
front brakes Ventilated & Cross-Drilled Discs w/Aluminum 4-Piston Calipers, ABS
rear brakes Ventilated & Cross-Drilled Discs w/Aluminum 4-Piston Calipers, ABS
front wheels F 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 22.9 cm / 18.0 x 9.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Monotube Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Longitudinal Arms, Coil Springs, Monotube Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1780 kg / 3924 lbs
wheelbase 2591 mm / 102.0 in
length 4666 mm / 183.7 in
width 1830 mm / 72.0 in
height 1238 mm / 48.7 in
transmission Getrag 6-Speed Manual or GM Five-Speed Automatic
final drive 3.77:1
top speed ~265.49 kph / 165 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.5 seconds

Auction Sales History

2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Coupe

2000 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Coupé

his right-hand drive DB7 Vantage has covered only some 53,000 miles from new and comes with full main dealer service history up to 50,957 miles, there being no fewer than 14 stamps in the service booklet. The car comes complete with all the usual ‘extras’ plus a premium CD sound system, radio booster and vehicle tracker. Finished in Chiltern Green with cream leather interior, the car is described as mechanically and cosmetically in superb order, and is offered with the aforementioned service history, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2011 and Swansea V5C document. A garage cover, spare wheel and Aston Martin battery charger are included

Auction Source: 2010 Collectors’ Motor Cars at Goodwood Revival by Bonhams