Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Year of production 1993 - 1999


Category: Newport Pagnell era

V8 Vantage V550

(1993 - 1999)

A whole four years was to pass between the introduction of the Virage and the high performance Vantage. If the 6.3 conversion was a big jump from the standard car, the Vantage became a giant leap. Only the roof and the doors were carried over after the stylists John Heffernan and Ken Greenley together with Project Manager, Mike Booth, substantially reworked the original Virage. Even the Virage name was dropped from the car leaving only the name Vantage - never to be confused with the early 70's 6 cylinder car of course.

Later variants were badged V8 Vantage which is even more confusing as then should not be confused with the first production V8 Vantage built between 1977 and 1989 or the current Gaydon produced car. Sometimes people also refer to this car as the Vantage S/C, V550 to reflect peak power or also, confusingly sometime V590, which refers to the engine prefix which also allows a distinction from the later v600. Also although many UK cars have Virage Vantage on their V5 document, this term should never be used when describing this model; it tends to upset the owners!

The front view of the Vantage reveals no fewer than six headlights. This trend for excess in the lighting dept was started with the DBS packing four. The Bulldog had five, centrally mounted, whereas the facelift V8 Lagonda was the first to have six. The earlier cars had square headlights (similar to the V8 Zagato) whereas from chassis 70113 they were replaced with round projector type also used on all examples of the V8 coupe and long chassis V8 Volante. I believe since the square ones are now virtually unobtainable, if cars receive frontal damage affecting the headlamps, they tend to be rebuilt with the later round lights. Those wonderfully juicy grapefruit rear lights were specially designed and tooled for the car. It would have been better if the lights also incorporated a rear reflector instead if it being separate in the bumper, but this would have been too expensive for such a low volume car.

The massive 362 mm diameter ventilated discs and four piston AP Racing callipers fitted to the front of the Vantage were at the time, the largest fitted to a road car. They have their work cut out stopping car weighing in at 1990 kg.

The sumptuous yet functional interior of a Vantage, was much improved from the Virage including the replacement of the VIC computer with three, then four analogue dials. The keen eyed amongst you will see that the car illustrated below is an automatic. The factory only built the car with a six speed manual box, the small number of automatics have often been converted at Works Service.

Changes to the Virage based body may be extensive, but that’s nothing compared to the engine. Here we have a 5340cc V8 with not one but twin Eaton superchargers. With 550bhp and 550 lb.ft of torque, this was, at the time, the most powerful production powerplant in the world. In V600 form, as unveiled late in 1998, and additional 50bhp became available. With all this power, you now want to know “how fast”. Is 186 mph and 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds enough? – well these are AML’s ‘official’ figures, although in testing, I believe a figure of almost 200mph was recorded. In its day, it was the the fastest Aston Martin road car ever. I was very fortunate to ride in a works Vantage in 1998, easily the fastest car I have ever been a passenger – including a Dodge Viper.

Cars from 70173 (plus 71) lost the Citroen CX sourced door mirrors and gained a newer Jaguar version; these cars also had a greatly revised exhaust system with transverse rear silencers. Cars with chassis number 70198 and above (inc 70194 received the flush Mondeo sourced door handles with integral keyholes, and an improved cooling system

 By February 1998, production had topped the 200 mark during five years of production and by the time production ended, a mere 239 ‘standard’ examples had been produced – a very exclusive motorcar indeed. The remaining 40 supercharged Vantage coupes built during 1999 and 2000 were the Le Mans special editions. Once production of the handbuilt V8 ended in late 2000, the days of heavyweight coachbuilt Astons were over for good.

V8 Vantage V600

This car is full of extremes; genuine top speed of 200 mph, a weight of almost 2000 kg, power output peaking at 600 bhp @ 6500 rpm and a price tag of a whopping £233,682 with all the mods. But all of this is eclipsed by it full name of Works Prepared Aston Martin Driving Dynamics V600 Vantage or something like that. Strictly speaking, this isn't a discreet model as such but is a collection of modifications developed and fitted by Works Service for the Vantage model post registration.

As well as an uprated engine, other modifications available for the car are numerous and include ultra lightweight hollow spoke magnesium Dymag wheels, giant brake discs with circumferential cooling grooves plus AP racing callipers, stack digital instruments and reworked suspension with Eibach springs, adjustable Koni’s and a stiffer anti-roll bar. Many cars also have a five speed close ratio manual transmission although it is possible to see V600′s with automatic transmission.

 Central to the V600 is this, the most powerful Aston Martin road car engine of all time. Essentially, this final version of the Tadek Marek V8 features performance engineering of the charge air intake cooling system, increased boost pressure and a big bore sports exhaust, described by AML as ‘Super Sport’. The engine bottom left was auctioned at the AML/Bonhams auction in 2003 and reached £16,000 plus buyers premium. This represented not only a fraction of the cost of the engine but a fraction of the conversion cost too.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage, launched at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1992, was the second model to be given this name in its own right, rather than just an uprated version of a current product. The first was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the Company Developments version of the Aston Martin DBS.

While this model did bear a passing resemblance to Aston Martin Virage, careful examination would have revealed many differences. The most obvious were external details, the only Virage panels were the door and roof skins.

The frontal aspect had obvious differences, two groups of three headlamps, each group behind a single heated lens while the grille over the opening above the bumper moulding had a unique appearence.

Reaction to the Aston Martin V8 Vantage was predictably enthusiastic, and it certainly generated the right sort of publicity for Aston Martin, though it was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante version which was the mainstay of production at Newport Pagnell.


  • Engine: V8, twin-OHC, four valves per cylinder, twin Eaton superchargers
  • Bore/stroke: 1000mm x 85mm
  • Displacement: 5340cc
  • Power: 550bhp @ 6500 rpm
  • Torque: 550 lb.ft @ 4000 rpm
  • Fuel system: Bosch injection with EEC IV management
  • Gearbox: 6-speed ZF manual
  • Chassis: Steel platform
  • Suspension
    • Front: wishbones with coil springs and anti-roll bar
    • Rear: de Dion with coil springs, trailing arms and Watt linkage
  • Brakes: Discs all around, ABS
  • Length: 5'7" (4745 mm)
  • Width: 6'4" (1924 mm)
  • Height: 4'5" (1330 mm)
  • Weight: 1920 kg
  • Wheelbase: 8'7" (2610 mm)
  • Top Speed: 186mph (229km/h)
  • 0-60mph: 4.6 secs
  • Production Dates: October 1992 - April 1995

Produced sub-models Models

1993 - 1999
1998 - 1999
Le Mans
1999 - 2000


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V8 Vantage 2000 service bulletin 2000 v8 vantage rear hub carrier to rear axle de dion tube.pdf English 98.4 KB 6
V8 Vantage 1996 service bulletin 1996 vantage vehicle steering rack mounting brackets.pdf English 161 KB 4
V8 Vantage 1996 service bulletin 1996 vantage vehicle lifting jack.pdf English 146 KB 3
V8 Vantage 1996 service bulletin 1996 vantage parking break adjustment procedure.pdf English 181 KB 4
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V8 Vantage 1995 service bulletin 1995 vantage installation of plastic blanking plug into the front chassis.pdf English 147 KB 3

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V8 Vantage V550 1993 - 1999 supercharged v550 vantage brochure.pdf English 730 KB 4
V8 Vantage V600 1993 - 1999 aston martin v8 vantage v600 brochure.pdf English 938 KB 4
V8 Vantage 1993 - 1999 aston martin v8 vantage zagato brochure.pdf English 1.27 MB 2

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Year Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
1993 1999 Vantage gasoline 5 341 8 / Furcate 410 kW 745 Nm 32

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