The Aston Martin DB7 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993. It entered production in 1994 to replace the Aston Martin V8 and, though production continued until 2004, there is no information on any 2004 models and only a handful of 2003 models were made. The DB7 is very rare and only 7000 units were made in total for its entire lifetime, yet this was the most prolifically produced model in the entire Aston Martin lineup; only around 15,000 Aston Martins have been made during the company’s 89-year history. DB7 body styles included a two-door coupe version and a two-door convertible and all models used a front-engine rear-drive layout. Base engines included a 3.2-liter inline-six and a 5.9-liter V-12.
The 2003 model saw only minor changes from previous models, though the option of choosing features makes almost every Aston Martin one of a kind. These vehicles are most noted for uncompromising speed and performance with an ultra-luxurious interior.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive, five-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Aston Martin DB7 coupe, Aston Martin DB7 Volante convertible
There is no reported information about changes to the limited 2004 models.
The 2004 Aston Martin DB7 lies low with a super sleek and sporty appearance. It features a long and precisely-curved hood leading to a cockpit area with only a gradual upward angle giving it a low, overall profile. This in turn blends into the back almost imperceptibly until it gets to the shortened flat rear. The front end has a low and wide mouth-like grille. The headlights are teardrop-shaped and molded into the hood and below are two rounded fog lights. According to Aston Martin, the turn signals are influenced by Project Endurance Racing cars built in the 1950s.
The body measures 102 inches at the wheelbase and 184.7 inches total. The small sport car is only 49 inches tall, part of the reason it can be difficult to get in and out of, which makes the 18-inch wheels quite prominent. Many features can be chosen by buyers during production, including the color.
The 2004 Aston Martin DB7 seats four in a 2+2 setup; however, the backseats are not easy to get in and out of, and offer little room. More realistically, it is a two-seat vehicle. Customers have the option of forgoing the backseats completely to increase cargo space. The DB7 interior displays some high quality materials. Connolly leather is used for the upholstery and mixes various wood veneer trims. A high-quality Alpine stereo is standard and a CD player is only available for this model year.
The interior is classy and comfortable but a very tight fit and with a somewhat confusing control layout until the driver becomes accustomed. As with the entire lineup, drivers can specify their trim and other details.
Performance & Handling
The 2003 Aston Martin DB7 has a powerful six-liter V-12 that can generate 420-hp and up to 400 lb-ft of torque. It gets either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic model is a ZF automatic. This system allows the driver to use a floor lever or a Touchtronic push-button control system to manually choose the gear. Parking sensors and traction control are only optional.
The 2003 Aston Martin DB7 is incredibly fast with breathtaking acceleration and racetrack-like level handling through curves. When performance is taken as a whole it is certainly on level with anything from the model year.
The only standard 2003 Aston Martin DB7 safety feature, outside of those required by law, is anti-lock brakes. Side-impact airbags are not available on any model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Aston Martin DB7: 11/18 mpg city/highway
- Impressive performance
- Quick and smooth automatic transmission
- Exterior style
You Won't Like
- Interior room
- Getting in an out of the backseat
- Instrument layout
An incredibly fast and sporty car that is a lot of fun to drive.
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