Aston Martin DB7

September 21st, 2013 | Comments Closed | Aston Martin

The Aston Martin DB7 is a grand tourer that was produced by Aston Martin from September 1994 to December 2004 grand tourer was available as a coupe or a convertible. Prototype was completed in November 1992 and debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993, the car was designed by Ian Callum and Keith Helfet. The six-cylinder DB7 was positioned as a model of “entry level” below the hand-built V8 Virage introduced a few years earlier. Aston Martin DB7 model was the highest production Aston Martin vehicle never with more than 7,000 built before its was replaced by Aston Martin DB9.

Aston Martin DB7 General Information

The Aston Martin DB7, known internally as the NPX project, was made ​​mostly with resources from Jaguar and had the financial backing of the Ford Motor Company, owner of Aston Martin since 1988 platform 2007 Aston Martin DB7 is an evolution of the Jaguar XJS, though with many changes. The style began life as the stillborn F-type Jaguar (XJ41 – coupe / XJ42 convertible) designed by Keith Helfet. Ford canceled this car and the general design was grafted on an XJS platform. The style received modest changes by Ian Callum what looked like an Aston Martin. The first generation of Jaguar XK-8 also uses an evolution of the XJS / DB7 platform and cars share a family resemblance, though the Aston Martin was significantly more expensive and rare. The Aston Martin DB7 was designed in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, by Tom Walkinshaw Racing in the name of Aston Martin. The engines continued to be built in Kidlington during the production cycle of the vehicle.

With production of the Virage (soon rechristened V8″ following revisions in Vantage style) continuing at Newport Pagnell, a new factory was acquired at Bloxham, Oxfordshire that had the previously been used to produce the Jaguar XJ220, where every DB7 would be built to throughout its production run. The DB7 and their relatives were the only Aston Martins produced in Bloxham and the only building with a steel unit inherited Jaguar (Aston Martin had traditionally used aluminum for the bodies of their cars and models introduced after the DB7 to use aluminum the chassis as well as many major body parts).

The Aston Martin DB7 convertible version Volante was unveiled at the North Amerhe engines continued to be built in ican International Auto Show in Detroit in 1996 Both versions have a supercharged straight-6 engine that produces 335 hp engine (250 kW, 340 PS) and 361 lb · ft (489 N · m) of torque. In United States, the Coupe sold for $140,000, and the Volante for $150,000. Works Service provided a special Driving Dynamics package, which greatly improves the performance and handling for drivers who wanted more than the standard configuration.

Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage

In 1999, the most powerful DB7 V12 Vantage was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. Its 5.9 liters, 48 valves, V12 engine produces 420 bhp (313 kW, 426 PS) and 400 lb · ft (540 N · m) of torque. It has a compression ratio of 10.3: 1 the transmissions were available with either a T-56 six-speed manual or five-speed Tremec automatic transmission ZF 5HP30. Aston Martin said it had a top speed of 186 mph or (299 km / h) with the manual gearbox, or 165 mph (266 km / h) with automatic gearbox and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km / h) in 4.9 seconds. It is 4,692 mm long, 1,830 mm (72.0 inches) wide, 1,243 mm (48.9 inches) tall, weighing 1,800 kg (3968.3 lbs). Following the launch of the Vantage, sales of the supercharged straight-6 engine Aston Martin DB7 had reduced considerably and production was completed in mid 1999.

Aston Martin DB7 2014

Aston Martin DB7 2014

In 2002, a new variant, called GT V12 or V12 GTA when equipped with an automatic transmission was launched. It was essentially an improved version of the Vantage, its V12 engine producing 435 bhp (324 kW, 441 PS) and 410 lb · ft (560 N · m) of torque for manual GT, but the automatic GTA retained the 420 bhp (313 kW, 426 PS) and 400 lb ft (540 N · m) of torque from the standard DB7 Vantage. In addition, the GT and GTA chassis suspension had substantially updated models DB7 Vantage. Aesthetically, compared to the Vantage has a mesh front grille, vents in the bonnet (hood), a car boot (trunk) spoiler, a shifter aluminum adjustment optional carbon fiber and new wheels. It also has front 355 mm (14.0 inches) and rear vented disc brakes made ​​by Brembo 330 mm (13.0 inches). When being tested by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear in 2003, demonstrated the ability to drive away in fourth gear and continue until you hit the rev limiter on a speedometer indicates 135 mph (217 km / h). The Aston Martin DB7 GT and GTA production was very limited, as only 190 GT and 112 GTA were produced worldwide.