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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was annouced on 18th February , 1977. The V8 engine having proved to be an exceptionally reliablle and robust unit, it was clear that there was scope for a significant increase in the power that it could deliver. Revised camshafts, air-box, larger inlet valves and carburettors, new inlet manifolds and different plugs, claimed to provide an increase in power of 40% and 10% more torque. The same ZF manual gearbox as in the Aston Martin V8 Saloon was standard equipment. This was enough to give a top speed of about 170 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.3 secs.

The power increase meant that aerodynamic improvements had to be made for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. This included a spoiler on the tail, a deep spoiler under the nose and blanked off rediator and bonnet air scoop.

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Car Specs

Engine: 5.3L V8
Weight: 1,727 kg / 3,807 lbs
Power: 291 kW / 390 hp
0-100 kph: 5.2 seconds
Torque: 550 Nm / 406 lb-ft
Top Speed: 265 kph / 164 mph

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