Original manufactured X-pack Manual Volante
One of only 79 Right Hand Drive Cars Built
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was hailed as "Britain's First Supercar" for its 170 mph (270 km/h) top speed when introduced. It used high-performance camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves and bigger carburettors mounted on new manifolds for increased output. Straight-line performance was the best of the day, with acceleration from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, one-tenth of a second quicker than the Ferrari Daytona, its main competitor of the time.
Nothing can quite prepare you for the first time you come across an X Pack Volante! Stunning from every angle, they represent the pinnacle of decades of hand-assembled Aston Martin production. True craftsmanship shows itself in every detail and the stunning combination of beauty, luxury and power is as rare today as it was when this car first saw the light of day.
With the introduction of the Vantage specification, Aston Martin’s V8 was thrust back into the supercar league. The name had previously been applied to high-power versions of the DB six-cylinder cars, and in the V8’s case, the Vantage tune raised maximum output to around 375bhp: in Rolls-Royce fashion the factory chose not to disclose the actual figure, merely claiming that power was ‘adequate’. Chassis changes were minimal apart from the adoption of bigger ventilated disc brakes all round and low-profile Pirelli tyres.
The Volante was produced to satisfy demands from the overseas markets and the Vantage X Pack was debuted in 1986. The design Featured a redesigned bonnet, flared wheel arches, boot spoiler, extended deep front spoiler and sill extension covers. The result was a muscular, aggressive-looking car that could justifiably claim to be the world’s fastest convertible, more so when it came with the optional 432bhp ‘X Pack’ engine.
This ultra-rare Aston Martin is due into stock shortly. If you have interest to acquire, please call the showrooms personally to review.