In 1999, the more powerful DB7 V12 Vantage was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. Its 5.9 litre, 48-valve, V12 engine produced 420bhp and 400lb·ft of torque. It has a compression ratio of 10.3:1. Transmissions were available with either a TREMEC T-56 six speed manual or a ZF 5HP30 five speed automatic gearbox. Aston Martin claimed it had a top speed of either 186mph with the manual gearbox or 165mph with the automatic gearbox, and would accelerate from 0–60mph in 4.9 seconds.
In 2002, a new variant was launched, named V12 GT or V12 GTA when equipped with an automatic transmission. It was essentially an improved version of the Vantage, its V12 engine producing 435bhp and 410lb·ft of torque for the manual GT, although the automatic GTA retained the 420bhp and 400lb·ft of torque of the standard DB7 Vantage. Additionally, the GT and GTA chassis had substantially updated suspension from the DB7 Vantage models.
Aesthetically, compared to the Vantage it has a mesh front grille, vents in the bonnet, a boot spoiler, an aluminium gear lever, optional carbon fibre trim and new wheels. It also has 355mm front and 330mm rear vented disc brakes made by Brembo. When being tested by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear in 2003, he demonstrated the car’s ability to pull away in fourth gear and continue until it hit the rev limiter: the speedometer indicated 135mph. Production of the GT and GTA was extremely limited, as only 190 GT’s and 112 GTA’s were produced worldwide.
This 5.9 litre V 12 Aston Martin is one of those limited edition GT’s. Coming to Coys from its only owner and with a full service history and all books, this optimized sport version is finished in metallic black with grey leather interior. Capable of a top speed of 300 km/h, it has been driven mostly on the German Autobahnen and its total mileage is ca. 78000 kms. The car is one of several other sport scars owned by this collector and is described as in mint condition with a TÜV to 2019. A superb investment and a wonderful machine from the prestigious Aston Martin family.