An all-new model in 2006, the 2007 Vantage is joined by the Vantage Roadster. The Vantage is Aston Martin’s smallest and least-expensive offering, and the company’s only V8-powered car.

For 2007, the Vantage Coupe now receives new seats, and full leather trim as standard. It also receives a new optional Sportshift transmission, an electro-hydraulic control added to the existing six-speed manual transmission, to offer improved shift times. It replaces the conventional manual gear lever with push-button controls on the centre console to select Auto Drive, Reverse or Neutral.

Both models use a 4.3-litre V8, designed by Aston Martin and built in the company’s engine plant in Germany. The engine, which is front-mid-mounted, is mated to a six-speed manual transmission mounted mid-rear for optimum weight distribution.

Features include 18-inch aluminum wheels, full grain leather interior, power seats, automatic climate control, backup sensors, trip computer, tire pressure monitoring system, and six-CD stereo. The coupe features an Alcantara headliner.

Available options include a Sportshift automated manual transmission, Xenon headlamps with washers, heated seats, cruise control, power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirror, 19-inch wheels and premium Dolby Pro Logic II stereo.

Beautifully styled and stunningly finished, the Vantage now offers the option of dropping the top and enjoying open-air styling. Both models are designed strictly as sports cars, with lightweight engineering, compact footprint, low centre of gravity and fully independent wishbone suspension.

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