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The Aston Martin DB7 was introduced at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show as the successor to the famous "DB" cars of the 50's and 60's and represents a natural evolution to all those classic Aston Martins that have gone before.
The Aston Martin DB7 debuted in 1993 and was placed into production in 1994 in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, the same plant that makes the Jaguar XJ220.
In 1996 the Volante convertible was added to the line and was mainly designed for the US market. Dunhill teamed up with Aston Martin in June, 1997 to build a limited edition that include cigar holder.
Like the coupe, the DB7 Volante's styling is the work of TWR design chief Ian Callum, but there are several differences between the two models.
Every panel behind the b-pillar was changed to fit the new convertible design. The fuel filler cap was moved from the c-pillar to the top of the fender and the trunk lid is flatter and longer. The interiors of the Coupe and the Volante are the same except that the folding convertible top makes the rear seats virtually useless.
With the introduction of the DB7 Vantage in 1999, the evolution of the Aston Martin DB cars goes one stage further. The Vantage is powered by an all-new, advanced computer designed V-12 engine, the first 12-cylinder motor ever used by Aston Martin.
With its 420 bhp (309kW) at 6000 rpm, all alloy, four camshaft, 48 valve, 6-litre V12 engine, six speed manual or five speed automatic with optional Touchtronic transmission, DB7 Vantage is the fastest and most powerful DB of them all.
The new engine powers DB7 Vantage to a top speed in excess of 180 mph (290 km/h)*. 0-30 mph (48 km/h) takes only 2.1 seconds, with 62 mph (100 km/h) coming up in just 5.0 seconds. The benchmark 0-100 mph (160 km/h) sprint can be achieved in a stunning 11.4 seconds. In addition to producing supreme levels of outright power, the new 6.0 litre V12's flat torque curve ensures truly impressive "real world" performance where 85% of maximum torque is delivered at only 1500 rpm.
This exciting new engine is the direct result of the extensive use of high grade aluminium alloys to optimise strength, rigidity, durability and refinement within an extremely lightweight, compact and efficient design. Race derived engine features such as oil jet cooled pistons and tubular equal length stainless steel exhaust manifolds combine with advanced emission technologies such as ionisation misfire detection, advanced metallic substrate catalysts and a specially developed dual processor EEC V electronic engine management system. Designed for all markets, DB7 Vantage exceeds all worldwide emission standards.
Suspension, brakes and electronic traction control system have all been specifically developed to match the outstanding performance of the new V12 engine. Massive ventilated cross-drilled discs with aluminium four piston calipers combine with four channel electronic ABS to provide immense stopping power. A limited slip differential and new rear axle mountings ensure optimum traction. Where conditions require, the advanced switchable traction control system intervenes, instantly reducing engine power and, through the ABS system, simultaneously applying the appropriate rear brake to restore grip.
DB7 has always been renowned for its superb balance of ride and handling and this has been even further enhanced in DB7 Vantage with revised steering, suspension geometry and re-tuned springs and dampers. Rear suspension linkages have been specifically redesigned to ensure smooth power delivery. New lightweight alloy road wheels improve brake cooling whilst new wider, lower profile tyres (245/40 ZR 18 front, 265/35 ZR 18 rear) offer significantly more grip without compromise to ride quality. A 293 mm diameter single dry plate clutch is hydraulically actuated via a concentric slave cylinder and transmits engine power to a uniquely developed 6 speed close ratio gearbox providing clean, swift gear changes.