Regarded by many as one of the world’s most beautiful cars, the DB7 received many subtle but effective changes over its 10 year life to complement the elegant, yet classic body design which, since 1993 has epitomised the pedigree, heritage and tradition of Aston Martin.
Twenty five years on from the DB6, Ian Callum designed the DB7 to encompass all the unmistakable DB styling cues. Special attention was paid to the ride, to make this a true every day car. Commonly known as the i6 it was powered by a 155 mph all aluminium , 3.2 litre, supercharged 24 valve straight six engine with a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic gearbox. Originally available in Coupe, the Volante was launched in 1996. Visually the car has less flare on the arches and the mirrors are door mounted.
The DB7 received significant engineering enhancements in 1999 with the introduction of the DB7 Vantage the first Aston Martin to use a V12 engine. The 48 valve, V12, 420bhp Vantage includes re-styled dash and centre console with manual, auto and Touchtronic gearshift options.
The Manual Coupe achieves 184mph whilst the Automatic Volante reaches 165mph. The most significant visual change was the combined fog/indicator lamps and the wider grille. 10 spoke 18” wheels were fitted as standard with optional 5 and 10 spoke alloy wheels available and a 9 spoke 19” aftermarket design was also introduced. Door mirrors moved from the door to the cheater panels.