V8 Coupe
V8 Coupe

V8 Coupe

(1996 - 1999)

Following the ending of Virage coupe production in 1994, the company only offered two V8 models, the  supercharged Vantage and Volante.  The range was augented by the addition of the new V8 Coupe, introduced at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show. At a casual glance, the car looks just like a supercharged Vantage, to which is owes much; effectively a tamer version without the superchargers. The car features Vantage style front and rear styling, together with a chrome mesh grill and surround plus a less overt front air dam incorporating two round driving lamps.

V8 Coupe

With the absence of the large width Vantage wheel aches, the V8 Coupe is both subtle and elegant. The end result of the work was a better looking, better performing update of the Virage. Some even  say, that the V8 Coupe is the car that the Virage should have been. The 32 valve engine, still with a capacity of 5340 cc is a non-supercharged version of the Vantage unit producing 349 bhp and 369 lbft of torque give the car a claimed maximum speed of ‘over’ 155mph and a zero to 60 time of a mere 5.9 seconds. A four speed automatic transmission was fitted as standard; no car was built with a manual gearbox what-so-ever although some cars have had one retrofitted.

The six spoke OZ Saturn alloy wheels have slimmer spokes than that of the Vantage and are shod with Pirelli P Zero 255/50 tyres although it is possible to see V8 Coupes with the Vantage OZ 6 spoke wheels or indeed the fancy hollow spoke Dymag wheels. It is also quite possible to see Vantage matte black grilles fitted on V8 Coupes too.

Very few changes were made during the production of the 101 cars. From chassis 79045, the door mirrors were changed from those sourced from the Citroen CX to one from Jaguar. From chassis 79080 (and including 74) the door handles changed to the flush Ford Mondeo type with integral keyhole and also the seats had electrical controls mounted on the squab.

The V8 Coupe is well sort after by collectors and enthusiasts looking for a true coach built Aston Martin. With out the complication of superchargers, servicing and fuel costs are less and a very limited production run fuels demand.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • 2 door 2+2 coupe steel platform chassis with handcrafted aluminium alloy body panels
    • Side impact protection in the doors
    • Airdam, bumpers and side sills in GRP
  • Interior:
    • Full Connolly leather interior
    • Burr walnut veneer set to facia, console and door trims. Optional elm and maple veneers
    • Alcantara headlining, leather trimmed Wilton carpets, Lambswool floor rugs at additional cost
    • Electrically operated and heated front Recaro seats
    • CFC free automatic climate control system with replaceable pollen filters
    • Leather steering wheel with driver airbag
    • Alpine radio cassette or radio CD 4 speaker audio system
    • Optional boot mounted 6 disc Alpine CD autochanger
    • Remote alarm system, PATS engine immobiliser
    • Heated front and rear screens
  • Engine:
    • Front mounted all -alloy 90° V8, 5,340 c.c; four-valves-per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per bank.
    • Engine number prefix 95/
    • Bore 100 mm. Stroke 85 mm. Compression ratio 9.75:1
    • Weber/Marelli Alpha Plus engine management system, fully sequential system with closed loop Lambda control and on-board diagnostic system (OBDI). Exhaust emissions controlled by two, three-way, catalysts with Lambda sensors
    • Maximum power: 349 bhp at 6,000rpm
    • Maximum torque: 369 lb.ft at 4,300rpm
  • Transmission:
    • Chrysler Torqueflite 4 speed automatic with ‘sport’ and ‘touring’ mode
    • Final drive: Salisbury hypoid bevel with Powr-Lok limited slip differential. Final drive ratio: 4.09: 1
  • Steering:
    • Power assisted rack and pinion, 2.84 turns lock to lock.
    • Turning circle between curbs of about 10.5 metres Column tilt adjustment
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • OZ 6 spoke, 8.5J x 18″ one-piece cast light alloy wheels
    • Pirelli P Zero 255/50 ZR18 tyres.
    • No spare wheel fitted but tyre inflation aerosols supplied
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Independent, transverse unequal length wishbones, co-axial spring/damper units and anti-roll bar
    • Rear: Steel tube de Dion unit located fore and aft by paired parallel arms and transversely by Watts linkage with co-axial spring/damper units
  • Brakes:
    • Front, Ventilated steel discs, 362 mm diameter with AP Racing four pot aluminium calipers
    • Rear, Outboard ventilated steel discs, 285 mm diameter with sliding aluminium calipers
    • Vacuum servo-assisted tandem master cylinder with Bosch four channel anti-lock braking system
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 4,745 mm
    • Width: 1,918 mm
    • Height: 1,330 mm
    • Kerb Weight: 1950 kg
    • Wheelbase: 2,611 mm
    • Front track: 1548 mm
    • Rear track: 1586 mm
    • Boot volume: 320 litres
    • Fuel tank capacity: 102.5 litres
  • Performance:
    • Acceleration: 0-60 m.p.h 5.9 seconds.
    • 0-100 m.p.h. 13.5 seconds.
    • Maximum speed: over 150 mph
  • Price at launch:
    • March 1996, £139,500
    • Sept 1997, £149,500