Aston Martin DB7 Origins
The DB7 was designed by acclaimed British car designer Ian Callum. Initially, the DB7 took its style from a Jaguar F-Type model never made available to the public. After the F-Type project was scrapped, Ford mounted the design on an XJS platform and modified it slightly so it had more of an Aston Martin style. When the car made its debut in the mid-1990s, it was a hit with critics and car buyers alike. As one of the most attractive sports cars of its era, it was hard to believe that the DB7 was actually based on a model that Jaguar rejected.
About the Aston Martin DB7
Effortlessly fast and striking to look at, the DB7 was positioned as an "entry-level" model when it was first introduced. However, when discussing an ultra-high-end European sports car, "entry-level" is a relative term. The DB7 coupe went for $140,000 and the convertible for $150,000 in the U.S. And with over 7,000 vehicles built, the DB7 was the highest produced Aston Martin at the time.
The DB7 was powered by a supercharged straight-six engine that was capable of producing 335 horsepower. There was also a V12 Vantage version of the DB7 that was released in 1999. The car was available with either a five-speed stick or a four-speed automatic. The available Driving Dynamics package offered enhanced performance and handling.
Although the interior of the car resembled a stately British gentleman's club with its fine leather, polished wood, and soft suede, the DB7 was built to move and capable of going from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. It also hit top speeds of up to 185 mph. In addition to its raw power, the DB7 was a good handler that delivered a comfortable and controlled ride, even at high speeds.
Aston Martin DB7 Evolution
The DB7 was discontinued in 2004 to make way for the Aston Martin DB9. In its final year, the car was issued as a convertible and a coupe.
The introduction of the 420 hp V12 Vantage model, in 1999, brought changes to the DB7 that were implemented across the whole line by 2004. These included better interior detailing and a wider pedal box. As the reasonably priced V12 version grew in popularity, the six-cylinder version subsequently diminished in its appeal. Consequently, by the time the DB7 reached its final production year, the V12 had become standard.
In its final year of production, Aston Martin added GT and GTA versions to the DB7. The GT version featured an additional 15 hp, while the GTA offered an automatic transmission. Exterior updates for 2003 included a revised grille, longer chrome side strakes, side-mounted turn signal repeaters, and more prominent rear view mirrors. Interior updates included the option of tan carpeting, a color-keyed steering wheel, and various safety enhancements.
Aston Martin DB7 Products and Technologies
Earlier versions of the DB7 were all equipped with a supercharged straight-six engine. That changed with the release of the Vantage V12 edition that revolutionized the line in 1999. The V12 GT and GTA editions of the DB7 were launched in 2002. Other limited edition, earlier versions of the DB7 included the DB7 Zagato version, produced in 2002, and the DB AR1, produced in 2003.
During its decade-long run of production, the DB7 maintained Aston Martin's standard of producing comfortable, opulent interiors housed in high-performance packages that were as stylish as anything produced by Ferrari or Lamborghini. Throughout its run, the DB7 also maintained its unique British character.