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Old 06-26-2000, 10:11 PM   #1
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Talking ATTN: shiv

This is what I rode in shiv. Bring on the mighty v12.. yahooooooo! oh and it wasn't a convertible! YUK! ( the hardtop looks massively better)






Although his interior was a little different with custom (from astonmartin) racing seats and one freaky ass shifter..!!














A mighty V12
within seductive curves.

420 brake horsepower

in the lap of luxury.

Five seconds to sixty

with grace and poise.

Intense muscularity

honed by craftsmen.

A study in contrasts,

power and poetry.

Unmistakably English,

uniquely Aston Martin.

The DB7 Vantage.


Performance

Although the heart of an Aston Martin is the engine, DB7 Vantage offers far more. Suspension, brakes and electronic traction control system have all been specifically developed to match the outstanding performance of the new V12 engine.

Massive ventilated cross-drilled discs with aluminium four piston calipers combine with four channel electronic ABS to provide immense stopping power. A limited slip differential and new rear axle mountings ensure optimum traction. Where conditions require, the advanced switchable traction control system intervenes, instantly reducing engine power and, through the ABS system, simultaneously applying the appropriate rear brake to restore grip.

DB7 has always been renowned for its superb balance of ride and handling and this has been even further enhanced in DB7 Vantage with revised steering, suspension geometry and retuned springs and dampers. Rear suspension linkages have been specifically redesigned to ensure smooth power delivery.

New lightweight alloy road wheels improve brake cooling whilst new wider, lower profile tyres (245/40 ZR 18 front, 265/35 ZR 18 rear) offer significantly more grip without compromise to ride quality.

A 293 mm diameter single dry plate clutch is hydraulically actuated via a concentric slave cylinder and transmits engine power to a uniquely developed 6 speed close ratio gearbox providing clean, swift gear changes.

Our 5 speed automatic transmission offers a choice of either sport mode, where rapid gear changes ensure maximum use of power; or economy mode, which provides more relaxed shifting utilising the torque of the engine to deliver smooth, refined performance.

We are now pleased to announce the addition of our first "Touchtronic" gear shift system as an optional extra, please click here for more information.

DB7 Volante Specification


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Body

Two door 2+2 coupe and convertible, steel underframe, body panels and bonnet. Composite front wings, sills, boot lid and front and rear bumper/aprons. Side impact protection in doors. Fully lined electrically operated hood with heated glass rear screen.


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Interior

Driver and front passenger airbags. Remote alarm system and immobiliser. Full Connolly leather interior with burr walnut wood sets. CFC free automatic climate control system.

Electronic radio cassette six speaker audio system with multi-disc CD autochanger.

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Engine

All alloy quad cam 48 valve 60 degree V12 engine 5935cc.

Compression ratio 10.3:1.

EEC V engine management system.

Fully catalysed exhaust system.

Front engine rear wheel drive.

Power: 309 kW (420 bhp) @ 6000 rpm.

Torque: 542 Nm (400 lb.ft) @ 5000 rpm.


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Performance (Manual)

Acceleration: 0-62 mph (100 km/h) 5.1 seconds.

Maximum speed: 165 mph (265 km/h) limited.

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Performance (Automatic/Touchtronic)

Acceleration : 0-62 mph (100 km/h) 5.2 seconds.

Maximum speed (Coupe): 165 mph (265 km/h) limited.

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Transmission

6 speed manual, switchable 5 speed automatic with electronic Sport mode or optional "Touchtronic" gearshift system.

Limited slip differential

ratio 3.77:1 (manual), 3.06:1 (automatic/Touchtronic).

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Suspension

Front: Independent double wishbone, coil springs, mono-tube dampers with anti-roll bar. Anti-dive geometry.

Rear : Independent double wishbone with longitudinal control arms, coil springs and mono-tube dampers.

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Steering

Rack & pinion, power assisted.

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Brakes

Front: Ventilated steel discs 355 mm diameter with four piston aluminium calipers.

Rear: Ventilated steel discs 330 mm diameter with four piston aluminium calipers. Anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Electronic traction control - switchable.

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Wheels and Tyres

Lightweight aluminium alloy 8J x 18 front, 9J x 18 rear with Bridgestone S02 tyres 245/40 ZR18 front, 265/35 ZR 18 rear.


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Volante Dimensions

Height: 1270 mm.

Width: 1830 mm. **

Length: 4692 mm.

Wheelbase: 2591 mm.

Kerb weight: Manual 1860 kg.

Kerb weight: Automatic 1910 kg.

Boot capacity: 0.15 cu/m.

Fuel Tank Capacity (unleaded)

82 litres.

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Old 06-26-2000, 10:53 PM   #2
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Hello,

Quote:
Kerb weight: Manual 1860 kg.

Kerb weight: Automatic 1910 kg.
Bwahahahahaha. In pounds, that's 4092 and 4202, respectively. With 420 bhp hp, that's a power:weight ratio of 9.75:1 or 10:1 - or a Scooby with 280-290 hp. Considering the effect of the lighter weight on handling, I'd much rather have Shiv's Scooby. Or considering the price difference, Shiv's Scooby, Shiv's RX7, and a personal mechanic on salary for a couple years.

Joel the practical.
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Old 06-26-2000, 11:27 PM   #3
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Hello,

Not to disrespect shiv's ride or anything (shiv's car is my idol car)
but i'd take a Aston Martin any day over a scooby..
especially that one.. That was one awesome ride..
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Old 06-26-2000, 11:28 PM   #4
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Hello,

Shiv's RX-7 = what 27,000$ at least..

Why dont u just get a 1970 Chevelle 454 ?
450hp for about 7k.. add another 2k in there u can pump out about 600hp..

600hp for 9k.. considering the price difference i'd STILL take shiv's rx-7

Sev the practical

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Old 06-26-2000, 11:38 PM   #5
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Hahaha.

Joel - 0
Sev - 1

Sev, give me a buzz, please. I am up.
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Old 06-27-2000, 12:03 AM   #6
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Hello,

Alex your not gonna believe this, but my phone system in my house isn't working

None of the lines. (home/mine/my sister's) for some reason pacbell disconnected us

God Bless Cable Modem..


let me think.. ahh cell phone.. brb

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Old 06-27-2000, 12:13 AM   #7
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Quote:
posted by yours truly
but i'd take a Aston Martin any day over a scooby..


Hello,

Actually, i'd like to rephrase that..

Correction:

"I'd take an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage any day over any scooby (except a 22B/ or that Nintendo Pokemon Impreza)

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Old 06-27-2000, 10:50 AM   #8
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The Vantage is the ultimate ride, but who cares about weight and speed.

This is relaxed muscle. Art work and elegance.

Joel, you are missing the point of this vehicle. James Bond use to drive this car. You can't expect a superspy who gets girls from Monaco to be driving a Scoobie. If I were Bill Gates, this would be in my collection.

Sev..I think they're only about $165,000

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Old 06-27-2000, 11:10 AM   #9
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Hello,

hey craigc, good to hear from ya..
yeah that was my exact point.
The guy who gave me the ride said he bought his for 175,000$ and he looked really smart (suit and all, matching tie to colormatch the color of his car hehe )
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Old 06-27-2000, 11:54 AM   #10
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Hello,

I think the most refined ride I'd ever be caught in would be an M3... I don't even like the current M5. Too damn plush. Call me a minimalist... But who needs more luxo than an M3? Or an M3 convertible for those nice, sunny days. Of course, mine would be modded

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Old 06-27-2000, 01:06 PM   #11
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Joel I never said it was a better GT car but for the price it had better be good I mean who would want to throw away that much money on a dressed up POS unless they have money to burn. I would figure that car was built with some intention of being a GT car for semi-spirited blasts down the freeway/open-road not Track specific hence all the creature comforts that it probably comes with for the price. it might be like you described it but when you spend $175k+ on a convertable "sportscar" (in a semi-loose sense of the word) should it come with a super stiff suspension and other race acoutrements?
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Old 06-27-2000, 01:29 PM   #12
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Sev said:
Quote:
yeah that was my exact point.
The guy who gave me the ride said he bought his for 175,000$ and he looked really smart (suit and all, matching tie to colormatch the color of his car hehe )
Sugar daddy?

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Old 06-27-2000, 01:31 PM   #13
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It's all about AMG E55 and AMG C55. Ha, that C55 has a horsepower for each 10lbs it got. That IS a very fast and comfortable car. Want even more comfy but less fast? E55 is your answer. Or, if you want to go all out, get a BRABUS Terminator (Modded S600 Coupe) 7.3L V12 with 600+hp, haha.
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Old 06-27-2000, 04:54 PM   #14
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Joel,

I agree with you the M3 is a sweet car, very well balanced, good power, and very neutral, but it's a tad boy racer for my liking (Yes, I do own a Subaru rally replica).

When every rich kid has one, it's total starter kit. You don't see James Bond or Ethan Hunt driving one of those around. It's the same way that only 12 cylinder Ferraris are real Ferraris. Magnum PI 308's need not apply. Excessive and bloated. It's the American way.

Just messin with you Joel.
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Old 06-27-2000, 05:00 PM   #15
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Yeah, but if you want all that excess, why bother with anything aside from the new 911 turbo? It's even been pre-de-tuned for your comfort. Twin turbo for "ooh" and "ahh" factor, softer ride for better touring, etc. And it's still one of the damn best cars out there. And best of all? Since I see that most of you are NOT signing up for the track event, the 911's traction control system is smart enough to make up for almost any driver error.

And y'all are just full of error since y'all aren't getting any track practice (check it out, Angus, I can segue from a Vantage discussion to the Track Day... smooth .

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Old 06-27-2000, 06:44 PM   #16
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Hello,
AMG E55's are sweet.. aston martin is crazily sweet. M3 bah... Part of my decision to buy a car is that fact that I dont see it every 10 seconds..
Joel, U of all people should understand that by working iN Palo Alto, Especially university ave region.
Then again, you lawyers like your M3's..

Sev the *******
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Old 06-27-2000, 06:45 PM   #17
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However, setting that aside, i'd take a blue 98 M3 (or 99 if they make them) with chrome 5 star rims anyday..

M5 BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-28-2000, 12:26 AM   #18
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Joel you really should call your self the "track" practical. You obviously don't car about having a car that is comfortable and yet still performs on a "Gran Touring" level in stock form. Everyone can argue about this car modified is better than that car stock but what happens when someone modifies that car. Just as a hypothetical comparison a stock Corvette vs. a Ferrari 550 and the Ferarri would win but give but give the Vette a Lingenfelter twin turbo treatment and the playing field has leveled if not tipped in the favor of the Vette. But then what happens when they modify the Ferarri? Let's just say it's a never ending battle. Joel I think the Vantage is a great car and yes it may weigh alot when compared to a compact car and the RX7 but those also don't have the refinement and comfort that is meant to come along with a car of that stature. But it is all in what some people favor over others and for you it's Race car practicality and for others it might be GT/creature comfort practicality.
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(this isn't a flame against you Joel so don't take it as such)

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Old 06-28-2000, 12:48 AM   #19
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Hello,

Oh, I agree about me not liking "refinement." That's for sure! Any time I hop into a car and I grab the wheel and the response seems slow, I'm not happy (yeah yeah, subaru sucks for that). But have y'all sat in an M3? It's comfy! In my ideal world, the seat would be a little more bucket-like and supportive, but that aside, the stock M3s of recent years have been very satisfying rides. And the M3 is practical, too, having enough space for almost anything (though part of me favors wagons for that reason).

And the vette v 550 line, I agree with completely. I think the fastest car sold in the US is the Geo Metro / Suzuki Swift. 'Cause for $6k you get the car and you have more money than anyone else for mods. A $20k Swift will destroy an RS or 'teg or anything else

But, the Vantage, to me, is simple excess. It's a super heavy boat. I'm guessing, but I haven't had someone offer me one at the track, it's flexible and soft feeling. It's probably not very quick in transient responses. It's probably more like a big-engine boat than a small compact sports car.

And why would a Vantage be a better Grand Tourer than an M3? Only thing the Vantage would do better is attract attention...

Joel (driving a non-attention getting teal colored subaru with no wings, scoops, or fins)
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