A takeover of Aston Martin by Ford in 1992, and the subsequent access to plenty of development cash, meant Aston Martin could at long last produce a worthy successor to the famed DB6 model. Underneath, the DB7 was closely related to the XJS of Jaguar, also owned by Ford, though the engine was all new. Developed with the help of famed motorsport company TWR, the 195ci (3.2-liter) all-alloy straight-six produced more than 100bhp (74kW) per liter thanks to four valves per cylinder, sequential fuel injection and an Eaton supercharger. The body broke from Aston Martin tradition in that instead of hand-formed aluminium, it used composite panels, though it featured retro touches such as the vents behind the front wheels. Massive vented discs behind 18-inch (457mm) alloy rims ensured speed was wiped off quickly, while leather and wood were inside as a benchmark of British quality.
Aston Martin DB7 Specifications
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