2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster Sportshift

Dating back to 1913, British automaker Aston Martin has kept a low profile among ultraluxury cars in the U.S. market except for its spotlight in various James Bond films, including the two recent flicks starring Daniel Craig. Bond's top-of-the-line DBS and the lesser DB9 and V8 Vantage share a platform and follow the same formula: two doors, front engine and rear-wheel drive. This year Aston has added a four-door hatchback model called the Rapide. All of the two-door models are available as convertibles as well as hardtops. While some competitors have become heavy and switched to all-wheel drive, Aston Martins remain comparatively lightweight.Aston is headquartered in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. After 13 years under Ford Motor Co., Aston Martin was purchased by a group of private investors in 2007.

• BODY / EXTERIOR DESIGN / DIMENSIONS

Body Type:Drop-head coupe (cabriolet; convertible) 2 doors / 2 seats
Weight:n/a
Length:4380 mm
Height:n/a
Wheelbase:2600 mm
Front Track:1570 mm
Rear Track:1560 mm
Ground Clearance:n/a
Fuel Capacity:80 liters

• ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Engine location:front
Engine alignment:longitudinal
Drive Wheels:Rear wheel drive
Steering:rack & pinion PAS
Fuel Supply System:n/a
Max Power:425HP (313 kW) @ 7000 rpm
Max Torque:470Nm @ 5750 rpm
CO2 Emissions:n/a
Engine Coolant:water
Displacement:4735 cc
Bore:91 mm
Stroke:91 mm
Cam Design:DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders:8 IN V
Valves per cylinder:4
Total Valves:32
Compression Ratio:n/a
Aspiration:Normal

• CHASSIS / BRAKES / SUSPENSIONS

Front Brakes:VeDi
Rear Brakes:VeDi-S-ABS
Standard Wheels:8.5J x 19 / 9.5J x 19
Standard Tyres:Bridgestone Potenza 235/40 ZR 19 / Bridgestone Potenza 275/35 ZR 19
Suspension Front:I.DW.CS.ARB.
Suspension Rear:I.DW.CS.ARB.

• TRANSMISSION

Transmission:automatic
Number of gears:6

• PERFORMANCE

Acceleration 0-100 Km/h:
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h:
Top Speed:n/a

• FUEL CONSUMPTION

City:19.9 l/100km
Road:10.4 l/100km
Mixt:13.9 l/100km

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