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1978-1990 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante specifications


Aston held out until June 1978 to slice the roof off its V8, a surprising length of time (as the saloon could trace its origins back to 1967) for a car with so much sales potential. But the firm’s more optimistic outlook of the late-1970s finally gave rise to the marriage of open-top enjoyment with V8 performance. A fully-lined, power hood, together with a new burr walnut dash and door cappings, cosseted the occupants. Up until 1981, every Volante was exported to North America; the rest of the world had to wait until March of that year to see what all the fuss was about.

Production

  • Production:
    562
  • Price at launch:
    £33,864
  • Price (excellent)
    £140,000
  • Price (good):
    £100,000
  • Price (average):
    £60,000
  • Price (project):
    £30,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    7.7secs
  • Top speed:
    140.0mph
  • Power:
    320.0bhp
  • Torque:
    360.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    13.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    De Dion, coil springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual/Automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4623mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2610mm
  • Width:
    1829mm
  • Height:
    1327mm
  • Weight:
    1794kgs

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