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Launched in August 1969, the Mk II model is a rear wheel drive Grand Tourer with a front located engine. The 6-cylinder double overhead camshaft naturally aspirated engine features two valves per cylinder and has a capacity of 4 Liters. With 282 hp at 5,500 rpm the DB6 Mk II is a powerful vehicle, managing a maximum speed of 150 mph. The wheelbase of the DB6 is longer than the ones of the DB4 and DB5, which means it gave more luggage space, inside room and comfort, while surprisingly only adding 17 pounds to the overall weight of the vehicle (the quoted weight is 1497 kg for the Coupe model). The Superleggera construction previously used on the DB4 and DB6 was dropped with the DB6. This means the steel tubing underneath was replaced by more common folding metal, although aluminum was still used for the panels. The design of the DB6 Mk II is iconic; with its flared fenders accommodating wider tires and the aerodynamically efficient abbreviated ’Kamm’ tail.
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The power steering came standard on the Mk II, and several other options were made available such as air conditioning, AE Brico electronic fuel injection or a sunroof for the Coupe model. Sharing a lot of parts with the all-new DBS at the time, the Mk II was at the cutting edge in terms of automobile engineering. Perpetuating the tradition, Aston Martin offered the Vantage engine option for the DB6 Mark II, which was equipped with three Weber carburetors and higher compression ratio cylinder head. The Vantage option boosted the horsepower up to an impressive 325, making the DB6 one of the fastest and most efficient vehicles of the era. A few Convertible examples of the Mk II (also called Volante) were produced. Its short 1969 to 1971 production run only allowed for 38 DB6 Volante Mk II to be built.
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