The Best of the Best 2003: Coupes - Aston Martin DB7 Vantage

No car reflects the culture of its country of origin more than the British-built Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, the little brother to the mighty Vanquish. The shape is Newport Pagnell at its purest and most traditional, which means that the DB7 has not evolved too far beyond the DB2s of the 1950s and James Bond’s DB5 of the 1960s. The interior is clubby, lined with rich walnut woods, Connolly leathers, and lamb’s-wool carpets.

The nostalgia ends there. The DB7 is powered by a V-12 engine—actually two Ford Duratec V-6s fused together—that delivers a top speed of 184 mph and will propel the car from zero to 62 mph in 5.0 seconds. For the $150,000 price, you receive one of the prettiest cars since the 1963 DB5, which put up such a bloody good fight against Goldfinger.

 

Aston Martin, www.astonmartin.com

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