The Aston Martin DB7 is a legendary grand touring automobile with a proud heritage and a long list of movie credits. Originally powered by a light-alloy, twin-overhead cam, 6-cylinder, 3.2-liter engine, a howling 6-liter V12 appeared in 1999. Intended to be the little Aston Martin", the DB7 demonstrated it was anything but small. The stylistic changes, along with some creative hybridization along the way, created a sexy machine that drew the eye while startling the ear.
Engineered in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, UK, by Tom Wikenshaw Racing, the power plants continued to be produced in the area during the entire DB7 run. The body and chassis were produced at a newly-acquired facility in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. No matter which engine powered the DB7, it was all-sports car in nature, despite the advertised 2+2 seating configuration. The original 6-cylinder garnered a modest 15 mpg in fuel economy, while the brawny V12 managed 15.5 mpg, not bad for an engine with a 10.3:1 compression ratio.
Available in either a convertible or coupe model, the Aston Martin DB7 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1993. Some of its amazing genetic makeup was the result of incorporating aspects of the Jaguar XJS. Both marquees were owned by Ford Motor Company at the time. In production from 1994 to 1999, the DB7 represents the largest model group every made under the Aston Martin label, with 7,000 units manufactured. In 2000, it was reworked once again and given the Vantage label, the traditional name for Aston Martin's go-very-very-fast line of cars.
In essence, the DB7 series was automotive cheesecake. With more than 700 man hours invested in each car, the vehicle was a standout from the beginning. The interior was all leather, the seats were powered and heated and the audio featured a top-of-the-line Kenwood 6-speaker system with a cassette deck and CD changer. Exterior features which set the DB7 apart included almost-heretical 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as some imperceptible traces of Jaguar heritage acquired during the time both brands were under the same management.
Several special editions have been produced, including the 1998 Alfred Dunhill, which features a built-in humidor, and the 2003 Golden Jubilee. A DB7 also made a screen appearance in the James Bond film Goldeneye in the mid 1990s. Exterior refinements, especially on some of the limited-production models, included a slightly-less flared wheel well, clear-lens fog lamps and heated exterior mirrors. Perhaps most surprising is the DB7's class performance, even while relying on rear-wheel drive. Durability is not something Aston Martin owners rave about. However, the sheer sex appeal of this machine makes longevity irrelevant.
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