The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a British grand tourer a higher performance version of the Aston Martin V8.
It was hailed at its 1977 introduction as Britain First Supercar sometimes nicknamed British Muscle car for its 270 kilometer per hour top speed. Its engine was shared with the Lagonda, but it used high performance camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves, and bigger carburetors mounted on new manifolds for increased output.
The first series equipped with four 48IDF2/100 Weber carburetors produced 390 brake horsepower estimated at 5,800 RPM and 550 Newton meters at 4,500 RPM of torque and series specific details such as a blanked bonnet vent and a separate rear spoiler.
One of the most noticeable features was the closed off hood bulge rather than the open scoop found on the normal V8. The grille area was also closed off with twin driving lights inserted and a spoiler added to the bootlid.