Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage: A New Direction | Part Three


The all new engine is a 4.3 litre, low emissions all alloy V8 which is unique to Aston Martin. This new V8 will use the latest technology to deliver outstanding performance in all environments.

The layout of the powertrain adopts a transaxle configuration, whereby the front mid-mounted engine is connected to the transmission - at the rear of the car - via a torque tube. This configuration provides the car with near perfect 50:50 weight distribution, outstanding handling characteristics and excellent all round capabilities.


While the production aspirations for the AMV8 Vantage is higher than any of the previous Aston Martin models, the car will still retain a high degree of exclusivity – an important characteristic of the British marque.

“The Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage will enable us to appeal to a larger market. Aston Martin will never ever become a volume car manufacturer, but this model will allow just a few more people to enjoy the Aston Martin experience,“ said Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin. “The AMV8 Vantage is a really significant model for us as it will allow Aston Martin to become a true player in the global sports car market.”

AMV8 Vantage Dimensions
Length 4347mm
Width 1874mm
Height 1298mm
Weight 1500kg
Wheelbase 2600mm
Published 7 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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