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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.
Source: Wikipedia (original)
- Engine: 5.3L V8
- Weight: 1,727 kg / 3,807 lbs
- Power: 291 kW / 390 hp / 395 PS
- 0-100 kph: 5.2 seconds
- Torque: 550 Nm / 406 lb-ft
- Top Speed: 265 kph / 164 mph