NEW ERA - BLOXHAM



DB7 


​The DB7 marked another major step change in Aston Martin history. A DB4 for the 1990s, the DB7 was smaller and more affordable than the big V8s that preceded it. With beautiful Ian Callum-designed bodywork, the DB7 was developed by the TWR Group and manufactured in Bloxham, Oxfordshire with production commencing in 1994. Utilising a Jaguar XJ-derived chassis, the early DB7s had a 3,228cc 335bhp supercharged straight-6 engine. Quoted performance was 0-62 in 5.8 and 165mph max. Subsequently produced in a number of guises including Volantes, approximately 7,000 DB7s were built up until late 2004​​

DB7 VANTAGE 


​The DB7 was significantly enhanced in 1999 by the introduction of the DB7 Vantage - the first V12-powered Aston Martin. Its Cosworth-developed quad cam, 48-valve 5,935cc engine produced 420bhp and 400lb/ft of torque, and the manual DB7 Vantage could accelerate to 62mph in 5 secs and reach 185mph. Many subtle, Callum-designed styling enhancements were also implemented, along with revised suspension and braking systems. Customer reaction was phenomenal; by 2001 DB7 sales had increased by nearly 50% from 1999 levels.​​

DB7 VANTAGE VOLANTE 


​From Sept 1999 to Sept 2003 the convertible DB7 Vantage Volante was produced at TWR's Bloxham plant alongside the fixed-head coupé version. With 420bhp, these DB7s were the first Aston Martins to be powered by a V12 engine and they featured wider front grilles for for extra cooling along with larger front driving lamps and beefed-up bodywork. The 6-litre motor had sufficient grunt for 0-62mph in 5.0 secs and, for the speed-restricted Volante, a top speed of 165mph.​​

DB7 GT/GTA


The most powerful DB7 road car was built from Jan 2003 to Sept 2004. Based on the 420bhp 6-litre V12-engined DB7 Vantage, the 5-speed Touchtronic GTA's power remained the same but the 6-speed manual GT's power was raised to 435bhp. Both featured stiffened suspension, more powerful brakes and an active sports exhaust system, while subtle aerodynamic revisions reduced lift. New 18-inch alloys further enhanced performance and appearance. Claimed performance was 0-62 in 5.0 secs (GTA 5.1 secs) and in excess of 185mph top speed (GTA 165mph).​​​

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DB7 ZAGATO


Just 99 DB7 Vantage Zagatos were built in 2003 with the aluminium bodies made in Italy and final assembly at Bloxham. The famous ‘double-bubble' roof and large radiator grille were unmistakably ‘Zagato', while the body, mounted on a shortened DB7 Vantage Volante platform, offered a 60kg weight reduction over the standard car. Other enhancements included 18" Zagato-styled wheels with revised offset to give a wider track, up-rated brakes, revised suspension and gearing, and analine hides used for the interiors. Powered by a revised version of the 6-litre V12, top speed was quoted at 190mph.