Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The high performance version of the AM V8. Produced from 1977 to 1990 with a variety of tyre fitments.
Initially fitted with a radial in a 225/60VR15, then a 275/55VR15 in 1986. The model moved to a 16 inch wheel and a 255/50ZR16 tyre in 1988.
Picking up the baton where the DBS V8 left off, the Aston Martin V8 was a facelifted DBS with two headlamps instead of four and a slightly longer nose. The new car, known as the Series 2, was mechanically identical to the quad-headlamp Series 1. Within a year the Series 3 arrived with four twin-choke Webers in place of the previous fuel injection. From 1977 buyers could pay extra for a Stage 1 tuning kit or for more cash again they could buy an even more powerful V8 Vantage with its blanked-off grille, front air dam and rear spoiler.
By 1978 there was a convertible model known as the Volante; just a few weeks later the Series 4 went on sale with a bonnet bulge replacing the previous scoop, an integral boot lid spoiler, a new dash and revised trim. A high-compression '580' engine was installed from 1980, the Series 5 of 1986 marked a return to fuel injection to give 305bhp, then a few months later the Vantage Volante appeared. The Virage replaced the Aston Martin V8 in 1989.