The International Birmingham Motor Show witnessed the launch of the most powerful Aston Martin DB7 model ever made - the DB7 GT. Created in less than one year, this addition to the existing Aston Martin line-up has been developed in conjunction with customers who wanted a car that had a little more performance, increased driver involvement and excellent road handling.
Based on the current DB7 Vantage Coupe, the DB7 GT has a number of dynamic elements which have been finely engineered to offer a new dimension to the Aston Martin DB7 driving experience. It is available in both manual (GT) and automatic (GTA) form.
Recognised as one of the world's most beautiful cars, the DB7 GT has received subtle but effective changes to complement the elegant, yet classic body design that since 1993 has epitomised the pedigree, heritage and tradition of Aston Martin. Special attention has been paid to the aerodynamic balance for high speed stability with the adoption of additional sweeps for the undertray, wheel arch liner extensions and a revised bootlid which emphasises the new look. These additions have helped to reduce lift by almost 50%. Under bonnet air-flow management is assisted by the addition of two distinctive bonnet vents, which also help dissipate heat. There is also a distinctive wire mesh radiator grille and lower air intake - which have become the hallmarks of a modern Aston Martin - subtle indicators to onlookers to differentiate the car as either a DB7 GT or GTA derivative.
Further development of Aston Martin's low emissions, all alloy, twin-overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 6.0-litre V12 engine has generated an increase in power from 420 bhp (DB7 Vantage) to 435 bhp. The revised quick-shift gear lever on the DB7 GT version and racing twin-plate clutch enables the driver to maximise use of the increase in power and torque and offers a faster gear change.
|Location||Front, longitudinally mounted|
|Construction||alloy block and head|
|Displacement||5.935 liter / 362.2 cu in|
|Bore / Stroke||89.0 mm (3.5 in) / 79.5 mm (3.1 in)|
|Valvetrain||4 valves / cylinder, DOHC|
|Fuel feed||Fuel Injection|
|Power||435 bhp / 325 KW @ 6000 rpm|
|Torque||556 Nm / 410 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm|
|BHP/Liter||73 bhp / liter|
|Front suspension||double wishbones, coil springs, mono-tube dampers, anti-roll bar|
|Rear suspension||double wishbones with longitudinal control arms, coil springs, mono-tube dampers, anti-roll bar|
|Steering||rack-and-pinion, power assisted|
|Brakes||ventilated discs, all-round|
|Gearbox||6 speed Manual|
|Drive||Rear wheel drive|
|Weight||1800 kilo / 3968.3 lbs|
|Length / Width / Height||4692 mm (184.7 in) / 1830 mm (72 in) / 1243 mm (48.9 in)|
|Wheelbase / Track (fr/r)||2591 mm (102 in) / 1536 mm (60.5 in) / 1540 mm (60.6 in)|
|Power to weight||0.24 bhp / kg|
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