DB7 V12 Vantage
DB7 V12 Vantage

DB7 V12 Vantage

(1999 - 2003)

2000MY, 2001MY, 2002MY, 2003MY

At long last, after a wait of six years, the Vantage version of the DB7 was unveiled at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Restyled by the original designer, Ian Callum, the exquisite poise of the DB7 was transformed with 'beefed up' flanks, new sills, larger nose air intake with revised grill and lights plus a new rear bumper. Under the surface, the chassis was 'beefed up' too and featured completely new front and rear suspension. Up until then, the Vantage derivative of an Aston Martin car has featured a tuned version of the standard engine; for the first time ever, the DB7 Vantage had a brand new engine and was significantly different from the i6 car. And what an engine - 6.0 litres of it - the first ever production Aston Martin to be fitted with a V12.

DB7 V12 Vantage

To the left is a display version engine from the DB7 Vantage, the first of a totally new generation, destined to became the future of Aston Martin during the first decade and a half of the 21st century. For the DB7 Vantage, the 5.9 litre, 48 valve, all-alloy, 60º V12 engine delivered 420 bhp and 400lbs ft of torque. Developed in close co-operation with the Ford Research and Vehicle Technology Group and Cosworth Technology, the V12 was designed to operate at a maximum speed of 7000rpm, features four valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts for each bank of cylinders and a sophisticated Visteon electronic management system. To cope with the massive increase in power, much of the chassis and suspension was extensively modified together with larger Brembo brakes.

Initially the car was available with either a six speed close ratio manual transmission (184 mph top speed, 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds) or a five speed automatic (limited to 165 mph top speed, 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds). From 2000, a highly acclaimed ‘Touchtronic’ system became available, developed in conjunction with ZF. The system has three transmission modes available to the Vantage driver. As well as a standard ‘automatic’ mode there is also a ‘sports’ mode where up changes were made at higher engine speeds. But drivers could also select ‘touchtronic’ mode which is a sequential manual mode. Gears can be changed by either moving the gear lever back and forth or by using ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons on the steering wheel.

The images above illustrate the possible approved wheel options for the V12 DB7. The first image shows the standard 18 inch diameter, 10 spoke item. The second image shows the 18 inch 10 spoke ‘classic’ magnesium Dymag introduced in 2000. Dymag also make an 18 inch chunky 5 spoke design, known as ‘sport’ – perhaps the rarest DB7 wheel seen here finished body colour. The fourth image shows the 19 inch, 9 spoke design first offered in late 2001 for the 2002 model year. Lastly it is also possible to see V12 Vantages with the 18 inch 5 spoke wheel as fitted as standard to the V12 GT.

Below is the very last DB7 ever, which was completed by December 2003. It’s a right hand drive V12 Vantage coupe, chassis number 304458, finished in Aston Martin Racing Green. The car is being retained by the factory as it is occasionally displayed at the customer reception area at the Gaydon factory.

Total DB7 V12 production reached 4444 cars (excluding Zagato bodied cars) during four and a half years of building at the Bloxham site, which, at the time was an all time record for an Aston Martin model. The DB7 was replaced by the DB9 coupe in 2003.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Two door 2+2 coupe
    • Steel under-frame with steel body panels. Composite front wings, sills, boot lid and front & rear bumper/apron
    • Side-impact protection in doors
    • Wire mesh grille optional
    • Drag Coefficient 0.32 Cd
  • Interior:
    • Full Connolly leather (Bridge of Weir from late 2002MY) with burr walnut veneers as standard. Optional veneers burr oak, elm, maple and yew. Also carbon fibre, brushed aluminium (like the Dunhill) and from 2002MY, metallic veneer
    • Alcantara headlining, Firth carpets. Wilton carpets optional (as used on the ‘V’ cars)
    • Electrically operated front seats incorporating seat heaters. Optional Sports seats with extended shoulder contours, plain leather on outer panels, perforated on inner panels (coupe only)
    • CFC free automatic climate control
    • Driver and front passenger airbags
    • Six speaker Kenwood stereo radio cassette system with boot mounted 6 CD autochanger. Alpine unit  premium audio with additional speakers optional. AM branded Becker audio unit from 2002MY, Becker Trafic Pro GPS system optional from 2002MY
    • Megamos alarm system and PATs engine immobiliser
  • Engine:
    • V12 60° all aluminium alloy. Four overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder, codename AM702. Engine number prefix AM2/
    • Bore 89 mm. Stroke 79.5 mm.  Capacity 5935cc. Compression ratio 10.3:1
    • Compression ratio 10.3:1
    • Max power 420 bhp @ 6000rpm
    • Max torque 400 lb/ft @ 5000rpm
    • Twin EECV engine management system with multi-point sequential fuel injection and ‘Coil on Plug’ ignition system
    • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with 4 Oxygen sensors / three-way catalytic convertors, exhaust gas recirculation, Evaporative loss purge
  • Transmission:
    • Tremec T56, six speed manual gearbox
    • Optional ZF 5HP-30 five speed automatic with electronic controller and lock-up torque converter. Switchable sport mode
    • Optional ‘Touchtronic’ transmission with manual gearshift control using ‘+’ and ‘-‘ sports steering wheel mounted gear shift buttons at £4,000 additional cost
    • Final Drive, GKN Powerlock limited slip differential. Ratio 3.77:1 manual, 3.06:1 automatic, giving  31.1 mph per 1,000rpm with manual in 6th gear, 30.6 mph per 1,000rpm with auto in 5th
    • Single plate clutch 293mm diameter
  • Steering:
    • Rack and pinion , power assisted 2.76 turns, lock-to-lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustments
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • Unique Aston Martin 10 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, 8J x 18  front and 9J  x 18 rear
    • Bridgestone SO2 FZ 245/40 18 tyres front, S02 CZ 265/35 18 rear
    • Winter option, 8J x 18 standard wheels all round with Pirelli 235/40 winter 210 tyres
    • Optional 19 inch  9 spoke wheel from 2002MY, with Yokohama AVS Sport AML 245/35 x 19 front and 265/30 x 19 rear tyres
    • Optional GT wheels from 2003MY, 5 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, 8J x 18  front and 9J  x 18 rear with Bridgestone 245/35 18 tyres front, 265/30 18 rear
  • Suspension:
    • Front:    Independent double wishbone, coil springs, mono-tube dampers with anti-roll bar.
    • Rear:     Independent double wishbone with longitudinal control arms, coil springs, mono-tube dampers. With anti-roll bar
    • GT handling pack (Suspension/brakes/silver calipers) optional from 2003MY
  • Brakes:
    • Front:    Brembo, 355mm ventilated cross-drilled steel discs with four piston calipers
    • Rear: Brembo, 330mm ventilated cross drilled steel discs with four piston calipers and integral drum hand brake
    • Teves Mk 20 anti-lock braking system with traction control
    • Coloured brake calipers, red, gold, graphite grey, optional from 2002MY
    • GT uprated brakes – (grooved discs/silver calipers) optional from 2003MY
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 4692 mm
    • Width: 1830 mm excluding wing mirrors
    • Height: 1243 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2591 mm
    • Front Track: 1516 mm
    • Rear Track: 1531 mm
    • Kerb Weight:  manual 1800 kg, auto 1852 kg
    • Fuel Tank Capacity: 89 litres
  • Performance:
    • Top Speed: 184 mph (manual), 165 mph (auto, electronically limited)
    • Acceleration: 0-62 mph, 5.0 seconds (manual), 5.1 seconds (auto)
    • CO2 Emissions, 469 g/kg (manual), 472 g/km (auto)
  • Price at launch:
    • 1999                                                     £92,500 ($140,000 US)
    • 2000 (2001MY)                                £94,500
    • October 2001 (2002MY)                £96,850 ($145,500 US)