Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante




Modely Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Rok výroby 1986 - 1989

Model: V8 (1972 - 1989)

Wikipedia (V8): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_V8

V8 VANTAGE

The V8 engine proved to be a reliable and robust unit, and it was obvious to all concerned that there was ample scope for a significant increase in the power that it could deliver.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was announced on 18th February 1977. 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 V8 Saloon was standard equipment. This was enough to give a top speed of about 170 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 5.2 secs.

FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The power increase meant that aerodynamic improvements had to be made. This included a spoiler on the tail, a deep spoiler under the nose and blanked off radiator (on most but not all), and blanked off bonnet air scoop. In common with the standard AMV8, the Vantage enjoyed similar evolutionary changes throughout its production life, including BBS wheels in 1983 and in 1986 the beautiful Ronal 16” wheel along with the 580 X Pack engine, the most powerful version developed for the production cars.

Announced in 1985 and launched for sale in 1986, the introduction of a limited edition Vantage Zagato renewed a partnership with the famous Italian coachbuilder. With striking aggressive styling, only 50 saloons and 37 Volante versions were produced. Most of the Volantes used the 585 series fuel injection engine.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine: DOHC V8, 5340 cc, 380 bhp @ 6000 rpm

  • Transmission: ZF Five-speed manual gearbox or 3-speed automatic transmission

  • Suspension - Front: Telescopic shock absorbers

  • Suspension - Rear: Telescopic shock absorbers

  • Brakes: Girling brakes with front and rear ventilated discs

  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 4745 x 1944 x 1320 mm

  • Weight: 1990 kg

  •         Top Speed: 170 mph (Saloon), 160 mph (Volante)
  •          0 – 60 mph: 5.3 sec

ASTON MARTIN FLAGSHIP

A 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed approaching 170 mph made the V8 Vantage not only the UK’s first true supercar but also the fastest 4 seater production car in the world.

The flagship model of the company from 1977 to 1989, the Vantage continues to be sought after, particularly the later 580 X pack versions with 16” Ronal wheels.

V8 Vantage Volante

(1986 - 1989)

By the mid '80's it was common knowledge that the V8 was on borrowed time after a production run approaching 20 years. This was a car with roots right back to the 1958 DB4; the Virage, the first new AM for 20 years was still a couple of years away from sale. The V8 Volante was selling well and was a particularly successful car in the USA. Possibly six cars were made by special arrangement by the factory with Vantage spec engines but these were very much the exception, the Volante was still the ultimate cruiser.

The true V8 Vantage Volante, first shown at the 1986 Birmingham Motor Show (see below), was distinctly more than Volante with powerful Vantage spec engine. The powerful convertible was visually distinguished by a huge front air dam, extra wide wheel arches, massively flared sills and a smart flip tail. The styling was unique to the Vantage Volante and was not generally made available on the closed Vantage although a few modified example exist.

As well as dark blue, the colour combination of Suffolk Red with magnolia piped red was popular on the V8 in the late ’80′s. AM cognoscenti now refer to such cars as ‘Lipstick Specials’ and are often found keenly priced by dealers. Twenty years later, it is extremely rare to see such a bold colour on a new AM.

With a maximum speed in excess of 160 mph, these were the fastest four seater convertible cars of their time. Indeed even a mid 90′s Virage Volante couldn’t keep up with one of these – although a 6.3 Volante would come close. The Cumberland Grey car below is, believe it or not, approaching 160mph on the runway at RAF Cottesmore during an AMOC meeting in 2007.

Below is I think my only photograph that shows a standard V8 Vantage Volante in the company of a PoW specification Vantage Volante. Essentially the same car but so different in attitude.

A much coveted car in it’s day (it was the late 1980′s after all), yet during much of the 1990′s the Vantage Volante was seen by some as somewhat overt and lacking in good taste. Certainly the excess of bodywork add-ons weren’t really necessary for aerodynamic performance but did lend the car real road presence. Twenty years on and there is something of a 1980′s renascence, the V8 Vantage Volante is coming back into vogue with prices edging upwards towards £100,000 again. During a production run of just 3 years, a total of just 167 examples of the V8 Vantage Volante were built. Of the 167 cars, 58 left hand drive examples were exported (principally to the USA) with the less powerful Weber Marelli Fuel Injected engine (see the next page). In the late 1980′s, is was perhaps Aston’s most popular model even though the price had jumped to an enormous £135,000 in 1989.

So this leaves a total of 109 true V8 Vantage Volantes with the full ’580X-pack’ 400+ bhp engine of which 30 are automatics and 79 manuals. 33 of these cars were left hand drive (principally for the European market) and 76 with right hand drive for the UK market.

One of my all time favourite Astons………….

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