DB7 V12 GT
DB7 V12 GT

DB7 V12 GT

(2002 - 2003)


To many of Aston Martins customers, sufficient just isn't enough. That's probably why the final and most powerful version of the DB7 was introduced at the 2002 British International Motor Show. For just a small premium over the DB7 Vantage (up from £94,680 for the Vantage coupe to £104,500), the DB7 GT has just a little extra something to tantalise.

DB7 V12 GT

The V12 was tweaked to deliver 435 bhp (an increase from 420 bhp of the DB7 Vantage) and also additional torque – up from 400 lb/ft to 410 lb/ft. The suspension was substantially modified and had thus stiffened the chassis by 20%. Special attention was paid to the aerodynamic balance for high speed stability with the adoption of additional sweeps for the undertray, wheel arch liner extensions and a revised boot lid spoiler which emphasises the new look. These additions helped to reduce lift by almost 50%. The car also featured twin bonnet vents not dissimilar to those seen on the V12 Vanquish for better air-flow management and to help dissipate heat. Also fitted was a distinctive wire mesh radiator grille and lower air intake.

Unique 5 spoke 18 inch alloy wheels were fitted with 245/35 front, 265/30 rear low profile Bridgestone tyres that provide optimum levels of performance and grip. Also the GT featured a free flowing exhaust with a by pass valve to give an exhaust note just like the V12 Vanquish. The revised quick-shift gear lever on the DB7 GT and racing twin-plate clutch enabled the driver to maximise use of the increase in power and torque and offers a faster gear change than the standard  DB7 Vantage. Larger Brembo brake discs and upgraded pads also improved braking performance.

The final drive was changed from the 3.77 in the Vantage to 4.09 in the GT, so although top speed remained at 185 mph, acceleration wad much improved, reducing the time to 60 mph from 5.7 seconds, to a shade under 5 seconds.

The launch car, finished in Vertigo Blue, featured in all of the press photographs, the brochure and also on the AML stand during the 2002 British Motor Show at the Birmingham NEC. This important car was sold to an enthusiastic AM owner at the 2013 Bonham’s Auction held at Aston Martin Works.

Deliveries began in early 2003 when production was split 50:50 between the DB7 Vantage and the DB7 GT/DB7 GTA. It now appears that a total of 191 GT’s were built during 2003, with just 85 of these cars for the UK market and 64 for the US. Thus if you want a DB7 for long term ownership, this rare run-out model has to be the one to search out and keep.

Aston Martin Works Service and dealers worldwide are also able to upgrade the regular DB7 Vantage to resemble the GT with the optional wheels, bonnet vents and GT boot lid, although such cars are not to confused with real GT’s.

  • 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
    • Anodised Wire mesh grille top and bottom with GT badge
    • Revised bonnet with bulge & twin grilles (inc side strake grilles)
    • Rear bootlid flip tail
    • Additional sweeps for the undertray, wheel arch liner extensions
    • Drag Coefficient 0.32 Cd
  • Interior:
    • Full Bridge of Weir leather with Silky Oak Grey Stained veneer set.
    • Vantage veneers optional including carbon fibre
    • Sports seats as standard with Alcantara centre panels
    • Aluminium air-conditioning panel switches, aluminium full length sill plates, aluminium GT gearknob
    • Parchment dials & clock
  • Engine:
    • V12 60° all aluminium alloy. Four overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder. Full Load recalibration for fuel and ignition. Engine number prefix AM2A/
    • Bore 89 mm. Stroke 79.5 mm.  Capacity 5935cc. Compression ratio 10.3:1
    • Compression ratio 10.3:1
    • Max power 435 bhp @ 6000rpm
    • Max torque 410 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
    • Active sports exhaust system with rear muffler by- pass valves. The system is closed between 1500 and 3500 rpm
  • Transmission:
    • Tremec T56, six speed manual gearbox
    • Final Drive, GKN Powerlock limited slip differential. Final drive ratio 4.09 : 1
    • Quickshift gear change with higher fulcrum point, reduction in shift displacement of 16%.
    • AP twin plate racing clutch (228mm), provides 22% reduction in pedal effort with Friction pad area is 24% greater.
  • Steering:
    • Rack and pinion , power assisted 2.76 turns, lock-to-lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustments
    • Colour keyed steering wheel
    • Addition of lateral snubber washers to steering rack. Improved rack location provides an increase in positive steering in-put and feedback
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • Unique Aston Martin 5 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, 8J x 18  front and 9J  x 18 rear
    • 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
    • Revised damper settings and new front damper top mounts.  Change from linear to digressive damping
    • Stiffer bushes (55∞ to 65∞).  Improved location of the front lower wishbone to deliver better lateral control/handling.
    • Improved location of the front sub frame provides better lateral control/handling. Additional snubbers for 6 shooter bushes fitted.
    • Front suspension bump stop lowered by 3mm.  Increased wheel movement improves the ride quality.
    • An additional brace has been added to the rear lower suspension offering increased stability by reducing toe out under braking.
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Brembo, 355mm grooved steel discs with four piston calipers. uprated Pagid RS 4-2-1 front pads
    • Rear: Brembo, 330mm grooved steel discs with four piston calipers, and integral drum hand brake. Textar pads
    • Teves Mk 20 anti-lock braking system with traction control
    • Silver Coloured brake calipers
    • An uprated brake booster unit – as used on the V12 Vanquish
  • 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
    • Fuel Tank Capacity: 89 litres
  • Performance:
    • Top Speed: 184 mph
    • Acceleration: 0-62 mph, under 5.0 seconds
  • Price at launch:
    • 2002:  £104,500