Aston Martin DB7




Aston Martin DB7

Year of production 1993 - 2004

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB7

Category: Newport Pagnell era

Bloxham DB7 i6 and V12

(1993 - 2004)

Throughout the 1970′s and 1980′s, the management of AML recognised the disadvantages of marketing such an expensive motor car as the AMV8. When the economy was buoyant, the super-rich would buy, but when the economy weakened, the market for such exclusive cars virtually dried up. There was a definite need for a smaller, lighter and somewhat less expensive car – a continuation of the six cylinder line of GT’s started by the DB4 of 1958. Demand for such a car should be much stronger and perhaps more consistent despite the rise and fall of the economy. Yet only with the backing and funding from the Ford Motor Company, who bought a majority share in AML in 1988, did the possibility of such a car become reality.

By the year 2000, AML  entered info an agreement with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) to design and develop a new more affordable AM that could be built at the rate of about 600 a year and at a price around two thirds that of the Virage. TWR had already great experience with developing the Jaguar XJ-S and as Jaguar Cars had recently been purchased by Ford, TWR used the XJ-S as the initial basis for the new Aston, which was given the name, DB7.

There are at this stage a couple of important points that ought to be made. Firstly that the DB7 is still one of the most beautiful car in the world – timeless, elegant, without the need to look retro. Also that the DB7 is not a Jaguar. OK so it might have borrowed some substantial bits from the XJ-S (and maybe the stillborn XJ-41 aka the F-type) but that’s exactly what Aston Martins have often done. The first Aston Martin was derived from a Singer and the DB2 had a Lagonda engine – didn’t matter then, doesn’t matter now.

The straight 6 cylinder coupe version of the DB7, unveiled to fantastic acclaim in 1993, was joined by the stylish convertible Volante in 1996; a car that was in great demand within the US marketplace. For those owners who need a little more, Works Service and dealers worldwide provided a Driving Dynamics package of enhancements to previously registered cars.

But the icing on the DB7 cake was the V12 engined Vantage, unveiled at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Its  5.9 litre powerplant was first seen in the Ford Indigo concept car, then the Lagonda Vignale and finally the Project Vantage. The i6 DB7 was quietly retired in June 1999.

During 2002, two more DB7′s were announced, the limited edition and dramatic DB7 V12 Zagato and the exciting DB7 V12 GT. Plus in early 2003, AML announced another limited edition, the Zagato bodied roadster aimed exclusively for the US market, the DB AR1.

All of the DB7 range of cars were built at AML’s second factory at Bloxham near Banbury in Oxfordshire. The Bloxham factory had previously been used to build the Jaguar XJ220 supercar and following the departure of AML in 2003, was sold to a printing firm.

By the end of production, the DB7 had become the most successful Aston Martin ever with a little over 7000 examples completed. Without the success of the 7, Aston Martin would never have survived into the 21st century. At that time (December 2003), more than one in every three Aston Martins ever produced was a DB7. Nowadays it is considered one of the most beautiful cars ever built and is THE favourite first Aston Martin for owners on a limited budget.

Aston Martin DB7

Aston Martin DB7 was launched the to the publi at the Geneva Motorshow in March 1993. The engine proved to be a light alloy, twin camshaft, supercharged straight six of 3,228cc based on a design that had originated at Jaguar. The cylinder head used 4 valves per cylinder with Zytec electronic multi-point fuel injection while the air needed to combust the fuel was delivered by a water cooled Eaton, 'roots' type, supercharger which was driven by a toothed belt from the camshaft.

Although it didn't appear for almost 3 years after the Aston Martin DB7's unveiling, Aston Martin had every intention of creating a soft-top version. In 1996, the Aston Martin DB7 Volante made its debut at the Los Angeles and Detroit motor show.

In 1999, the Aston Martin DB7 received significant engineering enhancements with the introduction of the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage - the first Aston Martin to use a V12 engine.

It was Victor Gauntlett who first suggested that a new, smaller Aston Martin should be built alongside the big V8 Astons, a car that would, in terms, be a volume seller. The advent of the Ford Motor Company and the appointment of the late Walter Hayes as Chief Executive of Aston Martin not only provided new funding, but a renewed vigour in the person of Rod Mansfield who, as Engineering Director in 1990, was charged with the development of the 'smaller' Aston Martin, code names DP1999. The new design, code named NPX, was subjected to far more development and testing than the majority of models to date, with the use of some 30 prototypes which were exposed to extreme conditions and temperatures across the World.

  • Aston Martin DB7 has been sold into 29 different markets across the world since its launch.
  • Since 1999, the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage has accounted for 60% of total DB7 sales.
  • The Coupe constitutes for 56% of total Aston Martin DB7 production.
  • Aston Martin DB7's have been painted in more than 200 different colours.
  • The most popular exterior colour for Aston Martin DB7 is green, followed by silver and then blue.
  • Since 1993, more than 56,000 litres of paint have been mixed.
  • It takes over 220 man hours to build a Aston Martin DB7.

Technical Specifications

  • Engine: All alloy twin OHC, 24 valve in-line 6 cylinder, 3239 cc, single Eaton Superchager. Compression ratio 8.3:1. Zytek engine management with sequential fuel injection and EDIS distributorless ignition system
  • Maximum power: 355 bhp @ 5500 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 500 Nm (368 lb. ft) @ 3000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five speed manual with optional four speed automatic. Limited slip differential. Ratio: 3.54:1
  • Brakes
    • Front: Ventilated steel discs 284mm diameter with all alloy four pot calipers
    • Rear: Solid steel discs 295mm diameter with sliding calipers and drum brake. Teves anti-lock braking
  • Bore/stroke: 91mm x 83mm
  • Length: 4631mm
  • Width: 1820 mm.
  • Height: 1268 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2691 mm
  • Kerb Weight: 1725 kg
  • Track
    • Front: 1524 mm
    • Rear: 1530 mm
  • Fuel tank capacity: 89 litres (95 RON unleaded)
  • 0-100km/h (0-62 mph): 5.8 seconds (manual)
  • Maximum speed: 266 km/h (165 mph)
  • Production dates: October 1994 - September 1999

Production numbers:

DB7 3.2 Coupe - 1,605 built

DB7 3.2 Volante - 879 built

DB7 Vantage Coupe and Volante - 4,156 built

DB7 TWR - 1 built

DB7 Zagato - 99 built

DB7 GT - 190 built, plus 112 GTA models

DB American Roadster 1 - 99 built

Produced sub-models Models

Coupe
1993 - 2004
GTS
1996 - 1998
Volante
1996 - 1999
Alfred Dunhill
1997 - 1999
Driving Dynamics
1997 - 1999
Beverly Hills
1998
GTS II
1998 - 1999
Neiman-Marcus Edition Volante
1998
Stratstone Edition
1999
V12 Vantage
1999 - 2003
V12 Vantage Volante
1999 - 2003
V12 GT
2002 - 2003
V12 GTA
2002 - 2003
Vantage Jubilee
2002
Vantage Keswick
2002
Vantage Zagato
2002 - 2003
Anniversary Edition
2003
AR1
2003 - 2004

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Model Year Document Language Size Pages
DB7 AR1 2003 - 2004 1602 1 dbar1 owner guide usa 40 150065 aa.pdf English 3.99 MB 299
DB7 2003 1599 1 db7 zagato owner guide 40 140025 aa.pdf English 6.68 MB 258

Repair manuals (8) Add

Model Year Document Language Size Pages
DB7 V12 Vantage 2003 - 2004 1634 1 db7 vantage 03 and 04my wiring diagrams.pdf English 1.48 MB 42
DB7 V12 Vantage 2001 - 2002 1633 1 db7 vantage wiring diags 01 and 02my.pdf English 947 KB 36
DB7 V12 Vantage 1999 - 2004 db7 vantage parts catalogue.pdf English 10.9 MB 352
DB7 from 1999 zf 5hp30 automatic transmission spare parts catalog.pdf English 1 MB 46
DB7 Coupe 1996 aston martin db7 workshop manual.pdf English 9.31 MB 421
DB7 1996 1605 1 db7 obd2 eecv manual.pdf English 6.32 MB 256
DB7 1994 - 2004 db7 i6 parts catalogue airbag cars.pdf English 8.21 MB 308
DB7 1994 - 1997 db7 parts catalogue pre airbag cars.pdf English 7.36 MB 252

Price lists (1) Add

Model Year Document Language Size Pages
DB7 1994 db7 price list vcollection.pdf English 287 KB 2

Data sheets and catalogues (6) Add

Model Year Document Language Size Pages
DB7 V12 GTA 2002 - 2003 aston martin int db7 gta.pdf English 236 KB 8
DB7 V12 GT 2002 - 2003 aston martin db7 brochure.pdf English 6.83 MB 8
DB7 GTS II 1998 - 1999 aston martin db7 gts ii brochure.pdf English 704 KB 2
DB7 Alfred Dunhill 1998 aston martin db7 1998 alfred dunhill limited edition coupe.pdf English 1.56 MB 3
DB7 Driving Dynamics 1997 - 1999 db7 driving dynamics brochure.pdf English 1.64 MB 6
DB7 GTS 1996 - 1998 aston martin db7 gts brochure.pdf English 1.15 MB 4

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Engines


Year Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
valves
2001 2004 AM01 gasoline 5 935 12 / Furcate 309 kW 540 Nm 48
1993 2000 Coupe AJ16 gasoline 3 239 6 / In-Line 250 kW 488 Nm 24
2002 2003 V12 GT AM02 gasoline 5 935 12 / Furcate 324 kW 556 Nm 48
2002 2003 V12 GTA AM02 gasoline 5 935 12 / Furcate 324 kW 556 Nm 48

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