Aston Martin DB11 Coupe
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A number of special-edition DB7 cars were built:
- DB7 I6
- 1998 Alfred Dunhill Edition – 150 «platinum metallic» cars with a built-in humidor
- 1998 Neiman-Marcus Edition – 10 special black cars for the 1998 Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogue
- 1999 Stratstone Edition – 19 special black cars, 9 coupes and 10 Volantes
- 1998 Beverly Hills Edition – 6 «Midnight Blue», 2 coupes and 4 Volantes
- DB7 V12 Vantage
- 2003 Jubilee Limited Edition – 24 «jubilee blue» cars were made for Europe and 26 were made for North America to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
- 2002 Keswick Limited Edition – A small number of «nero daytona black» models
- 2003 Anniversary Edition – 33 (of an announced 100) «slate blue» cars to celebrate the end of DB7 Vantage production
TWR owner Tom Walkinshaw commissioned a one-off model in 1996 for his ownership based on the Aston Martin DB7. The car was fitted with a 6.4-litre Jaguar-TWR V12 engine based on a 6.0-litre V12 engine. The engine had a revised steel crankshaft and specially designed four-valves per cylinder heads. The twin cam-shafts worked by a unique chain drive mechanism. The engine has a claimed power output of 482 PS (355 kW; 475 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 637 N⋅m (470 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm.
Power was transferred to the rear wheels by an AP racing twin-plate clutch and the engine was mated to a 6-speed Borg Warner T-56 manual transmission. The car had an estimated top speed of 293 km/h (182 mph) due to a longer final gear ratio. On the exterior, the car had a specially designed body kit and a rear spoiler for improved downforce. The car was fitted with wider Yokohama tyres for enhanced grip and to handle the power of the engine and had specially designed 20-spoke alloy wheels.
Two special edition variants were made at the end of the DB7’s production run, the DB7 Vantage Zagato and DB AR1.
DB7 Vantage Zagato
The DB7 Vantage Zagato was introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2002 and later shown at the Paris Motor Show the following October.
It was only offered for the 2003 model year, with a limited run of 99 cars built (a 100th car was produced for the Aston Martin museum), all of which immediately sold out. The car has a steel body designed in collaboration between Andrea Zagato at Zagato and the then chief designer of Aston Martin Henrik Fisker and features the signature ‘double-bubble’ Zagato roofline. Other features include a unique Analine leather interior not found on the normal DB7 and Zagato styled five-spoke alloy wheels. The car was only available in the UK, Europe and South East Asia.
Like the DB7 Vantage on which it is based, the DB7 Zagato is powered by a 6.0 L V12 engine that has been tuned to now produce 441 PS (324 kW; 435 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 410 lb⋅ft (556 N⋅m) of torque at 5,000 rpm. Power goes to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic. It featured upgraded suspension and brakes as well It has a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h) and a 0–60 mph acceleration time of 4.9 seconds.
Unlike the later DB AR1, the Zagato is built on a shortened chassis that has a 60 mm (2 in) shorter wheelbase and is 211 mm (8 in) shorter overall. It is also approximately 130 lb (59 kg) lighter than the standard DB7.
The DB AR1 (standing for American Roadster 1) was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2003. It is based on the DB7 Vantage Volante and features a unique body designed by Zagato in collaboration with Henrik Fisker. Only 99 examples were produced for sale, though Aston Martin built one additional example for their own factory collection. They were only offered for the U.S. market. The AR1 was intended for sunny American states and as such had no roof of any kind. Collectors elsewhere in the world have attempted to remedy this, but long-time DB AR1 owner Robert Stockman commissioned Zagato to construct a small folding convertible top. The resulting electrically operated unit is very slight, referred to as a «shelter» rather than a roof by Andrea Zagato, and hides behind the seats when not in use.
The DB AR1 uses the 5.9 litre, 48-valve, V12 engine from the DB7 producing 435 bhp (324 kW; 441 PS) at 6000 rpm and 410 lb⋅ft (556 N⋅m) of torque at 5000 rpm. It has a top speed of 185 mph (298 km/h) and a 0–60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration time of 4.9 seconds.
Aston Martin Lagonda road car timeline, 1948–present
|Owner||David Brown||William Wilson||Minden & Sprague||Victor Gauntlett et al.||Ford||Independent consortium|
|2.6 ltr||3 ltr||Rapide||Lagonda||Taraf|
|Grand Tourer||DB4||DB5 & Volante||DBS & Vantage||DB7||Vantage||Vantage|
|DB1||DB2||DB2/4 & MKIII||DB6||DBS V8 & AM V8||V8 Virage||V8||DB9 &||DB11|
|V8 Vantage||Vanquish||DBS V12||Vanquish|
|DB4 Zagato||V8 Zagato||DB7 Zagato||DB AR1||V12 Zagato||Valkyrie|
Aston Martin badge
In 1999, the more powerful DB7 V12 Vantage was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. Its 5.9-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine has a power output of 426 PS (313 kW; 420 hp) and 400 lb⋅ft (542 N⋅m) of torque. It has a compression ratio of 10.3:1. Two transmission choices were available, those being a TREMEC T-56 six-speed manual or a ZF 5HP30 five-speed automatic. Aston Martin claimed the car had a top speed of either 299 km/h (186 mph) with the manual gearbox or 266 km/h (165 mph) with the automatic gearbox, and would accelerate from 0–97 km/h (60 mph) in 4.9 seconds. The V12 Vantage is 4,692 mm (184.7 in) long, 1,830 mm (72.0 in) wide, 1,243 mm (48.9 in) high, with a weight of 1,800 kg (3,968.3 lb). Aesthetic differences from the straight-6 DB7 include different wing mirrors and large fog lamps under the headlamps along with «DB7 Vantage» badging at the rear.
After the launch of the Vantage, sales of the base DB7 with the supercharged straight-6 engine had reduced considerably so its production ended by mid-1999.
V12 GT and GTA
In 2002, a new variant was launched, named V12 GT or V12 GTA when equipped with an automatic transmission (the A referring to the automatic transmission itself). It was essentially an improved version of the Vantage, with its V12 engine now having a power output of 441 PS (324 kW; 435 hp) and 410 lb⋅ft (556 N⋅m) of torque for the manual GT, although the GTA retained the engine having a power output of 426 PS (313 kW; 420 hp) and 400 lb⋅ft (542 N⋅m) of torque of the standard DB7 Vantage. Additionally, the GT and GTA chassis had substantially updated suspension from the DB7 Vantage models. Aesthetically, compared to the Vantage it has a mesh front grille, vents in the bonnet (hood), a boot (trunk) spoiler, an aluminium gear lever, optional carbon fibre interior trim and new wheels. It also has 355 mm (14.0 in) front and 330 mm (13.0 in) rear vented disc brakes made by Brembo. When being tested by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear in 2003, he demonstrated the car’s ability to pull away in fourth gear and continue until it hit the rev limiter: the speedometer indicated 217 km/h (135 mph). Production of the GT and GTA was extremely limited, as only 190 GTs and 112 GTAs were produced worldwide and only 64 GTs and 17 GTAs were shipped to the US market, out of a total of 302 cars.