Aston Martin DB7 Vantage
The Aston Martin DB7 Vantage will receive a number of important changes and additional options which will be seen for the first time at the 2001 International Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Since its introduction in 1993, the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage has proven to be the mainstay of the company with total production exceeding 4000 cars. In its 87-year history Aston Martin has built just 16,000 models proving how important this car is to the continued growth of the company.
To further improve the DB7 Vantage, Aston Martin has conducted several customer and dealer research programmes with the specific aim of enhancing the car and meeting customer satisfaction.
The DB7 Vantage retains its 6.0-litre 420 horsepower V12 engine and there is still a choice of either a six-speed close ratio manual transmission, or five-speed ZF automatic. However, the 2002 year model has a number of changes and the adoption of several new options.
The DB7 Vantage’s luxurious interior has been subtly reworked with the Connolly hide upholstered front sport seats offering extended shoulder contours which relieve strain on the driver during fast cornering. Full leather specification means outer panels are trimmed in plain leather, while the inner panels are perforated.
Each Aston Martin is specified to meet the customer’s requirements and there is an infinite choice of body colours and upholstery schemes as well as the option of being able to request different materials in place of the more traditional wood veneers.
For the first time the DB7 Vantage 2002 adopts as an option a satellite navigation system as well as an upgraded in-car entertainment package. The new audio system – a Becker Mexico unit – has the advantage of clear controls and layout. The Premium audio option includes upgraded speakers (front and rear) an additional sub-woofer and power amplifier specifically tuned for the DB7. The unit comes complete with Aston Martin branding and green illumination to match the rest of the centre console.
The dashboard boasts new circular centre console switches, which are unique to Aston Martin, whilst new design interior chromed door release handles have been introduced. One popular feature to benefit from interior development is the starter button, which is now back-lit and illuminates when the car is ready to be started.
Further interior enhancements include a three-spoke steering wheel, revised and updated graphics used on the air conditioning controls, improved head liner which provides the driver with 10mm additional headroom and increased foot room due to a narrower brake pedal. All of which are complemented by matt paint to the instrument surround, face vents and door release escutcheons to portray a certain ‘soft feel’ to the interior.
New to the DB7 is a battery conditioner and Battery Disconnect Switch (BDS) which are both fitted in the car’s boot. The BDS systems disables all but the most essential electrical systems to reduce residual drain on the battery, whilst the conditioner improves the effective use of the battery after having been left in storage for a long time.
Traction control, a multi-track CD Player, air conditioning, electrically heated front seats, together with electrically heated rear screens and doors mirrors, twin airbags and a fully adjustable steering column are available for all Aston Martin DB7 Vantages. In addition, customers may specify features as diverse as fitted luggage, an umbrella holder, parking sensors or an extended luggage area in place of the seat which can even been supplied with individual accommodation for the carriage of family pets.
Also available as factory fit options are a distinctive wire mesh grille, chromed lock bezels and a sports exhaust system.
Universally acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful cars and a true British classic, the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage continues to generate international acclaim.