2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

By: Sam Carson

The 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster was developed from the beginning alongside the "V8 Vantage Coupe" which was first launched back in 2005, whereas the roadster was later presented on the 29th, November 2006 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Roadster was praised by the critics as an exciting driving experience, which would entice your senses by just the slightest maneuver or touch. The V8 Vantage Roadster gives something formidable and exciting to the sportscar, as the car possess the right blending of technological innovation, engineering prestige, and physical magnificence.

The V8 Vantage's bodywork is exquisitely balanced with a low efficient carriage, embodying Aston Martin's styling cues. The 2 seater Roadster has a soft-top convertible roof, and a "heated back screen". The body consists of a particular combination of elements such as the unrivaled Aston Martin, "bonded aluminum Vertical Horizontal (VH) architecture", composite, magnesium alloy body, aluminum alloy, and steel. The "bonded aluminum VH" physics is the utmost backbone to all neoteric Aston Martin designs, concepts, and creations. The car maintains a high level of stiffness and a lower weight, being one of the leanest cars in its bracket at 1710kgs.

The dimensions of the car are a width of 1865mm; a length of 4380mm; a wheel-base of 2600mm; and a height of 1265mm. The engine is an "Aston Martin all alloy", "quad overhead cam shaft", "32 valve, 4.3 litre V8" with a "fully catalyzed, stainless steel exhaust with active bypass valves", and "dry sump lubrication system". The resultant maximum power of the engine is "380bhp (283kW) at 7000rpm" with a maximum torque of "410Nm (302lb-ft) at 5000rpm", accelerating at 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and 0-100mph in 5 seconds, with a maximum speed of "175 mph (280km/h)". The car is a rear wheel drive, with a rear mounted six speed manual with a restricted slip differential, and an "alloy torque tube with a carbon fibre propeller shaft" or the "Sportshift automatic manual transmission" as an option. The steering system consists of a rack and pinion power aided steering, with 3.0 turns from lock to lock, with a column reach and tilt regulator.

The V8 Vantage Roadster's suspension includes both rear and front having an anti roll bar, "independent double aluminum wishbones", and "coil over aluminum monotube dampers", but with the addition of the front also utilizing "anti drive geometry", and the rear using "longitudinal control arms". The wheels are standard at 18-inch alloy wheels with the 10-spoke type, whereas the tyres are "Bridgestone Potenza" with the front measuring 8.5J x 18in with 235/45 ZR18, and the rear measuring 9.5J x 18in with 275/40 ZR18. The braking system comprises "ventilated and grooved steel discs", with 355mm at the front, and 330mm at the rear with radial situated, four piston monobloc calipers. Along with the rest of the additions such as traction control, "Electronic Brakeforce Distribution" (EBD) the ABS system, "Emergency Brake Assist" (EBA), positive torque control, and "Dynamic Stability Control" (DSC) creates a complete safety in any situation.

The interior incorporates full grain leather covering every surface, with Gunmetal facia and graphite interior fittings. The seats are electrically adjustable with an inside automated temperature control feature. Other features involve reversing sensors, trip computer, dual stage passenger and driver airbags, side airbags, "Battery Disconnect Switch" (BDS), alarm with immobilizer, tyre pressure monitoring, and the 160W Aston Martin Audio system with six CD changer.

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