The 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage includes everything that you could want in a sports car, and it comes at a price that makes it a steal in the sports car market. If you want the absolute best sports car and money means nothing to you, then opt for Aston Martin's DB9. If you, like most people, think about money from time to time, the 2007 Vantage fulfills your sports car dreams without draining every dollar from your bank account. It still carries a high price compared to commuter cars, but it offers a great deal for a sports car.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, Sportshift sequential manual
Models: Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
The manufacturer incorporates several changes into the 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Aston Martin adds the convertible Roadster to the Vantage lineup. The 2007 Vantage coupe now comes with more standard features, including full leather trim, an occupant classification airbag sensor, and a new seat configuration. Optional features join the list, allowing owners to add dual-stage seat heaters, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, and seat memory. New 19-inch anthracite-finished wheels, leather upholstery colors, and ties also provide options.
Every Aston Martin has to have a cool exterior. The 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage sticks with this long tradition. Its slanted headlights make the car look like it's always in motion. The sleek body rests on top of 18-inch wheels (which you can upgrade to 19-inch wheels), making it look like a trim athlete with big feet.
The coupe model actually classifies as a hatchback, but few notice from the outside. The Roadster comes with a variety of soft top colors.
Although the Vantage comes at a lower price than many Aston Martin cars, the company certainly does not skimp on its appearance.
The 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage's interior looks similar to the pricier DB9. Both feature high-quality leather upholstery and a cool starter button made of glass (it glows red when pushed, making it even more intriguing). The Vantage, however, only seats two.
Most drivers find plenty of room in the Vantage. Still, larger drivers might feel a bit cramped in the narrow seats. The foot well might also seem small for taller drivers.
The coupe version has a hatchback that offers 10.6 cubic-feet of cargo space. The Roadster doesn't offer nearly as much cargo room, just five cubic-feet, but that falls into the normal range for convertibles.
Both versions of the 2007 Vantage come with terrific features, including automatic climate control, 10-way power sport seats, leather upholstery, and a 160-watt stereo. Of course, the optional features add even more luxury to the Vantage. A 700-watt Dolby Pro Logic II audio system fills the car with music; heated seats keep passengers comfortable in cold weather; a navigation system helps you stay on route.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage offers plenty of power for even the most discernible drivers. Its 4.3-liter, V-8 engine offers 380 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque that sends you flying down the road. The Vantage reaches 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds. If you have stretch of road without any cops or traffic, then you can cover a quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds as you zoom by at 106 mph.
The 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage's power works with excellent handling to give drivers a remarkable experience on the road. Sure, you can find similarly priced sports cars, and even a few lower-priced sports cars, that match the Vantage's speed on a straight road; throw in a few curves, though, and the 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage leaves just about any other car behind.
Some drivers might feel that the Vantage has a rough ride, but that seems normal for a high-performance car of this caliber. What inexperienced drivers call rough, aficionados consider an important part of the ride. Every bump in the road communicates with the driver, which puts him or her in ultimate control of this awesome machine. If you can't handle that, then you might want to consider something other than a true sports car.
The 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage has the top-of-the-line safety features that drivers expect of cars in this class. Anti-lock ventilated disc brakes with brake assist come standard. Stability control, traction control, and seat-mounted side airbags also come standard, keeping everyone in the car safe even in an accident. It even includes rear parking sensors and a tire pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Aston Martin V8 Vantage: 12/19 mpg city/highway
- Good handling
- Attractive aesthetics
You Won't Like
- Inferior performance to some competitors
- Narrow seats
Not as much power as the DB9, but the lower price makes it a tempting option for drivers willing to sacrifice interior space for pep and excellent handling.
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