When Aston Martin launched the DBS in 1967, it was intended to have a new Tadek Marek-designed V8 engine. As it wasnt ready in time, the DBS was equipped with the 6-cylinder engine of the DB6 instead. The idea of the same engine in a heavier car was a little disappointing and Aston Martin enthusiasts were excited when the V8 finally emerged. Its impressive performance wasnt disappointing at all, with a 160 mph top speed and 0 to 60 in less than six seconds. At first, the Aston Martin V8 was named DBS V8 and was later renamed to Aston Martin V8. David Brown, who acquired Aston Martin in 1947 and sold the company in 1970, influenced the design of the models significantly. His initials were used for most of the model names (DB). The Aston Martin DBS V8 is said to be the last of the David Brown Astons, which made this model even more interesting to collectors in the last years.
The long awaited V8 engine was a masterpiece with a capacity of 5.3 Liters and 4 overhead camshafts with mechanical fuel injection, making the Aston Martin V8 the fastest 4-seater car in the world at the time. This engine was used as a base for all Aston Martin production in the next 20 years. Design-wise, the Aston Martin V8 resembles the DBS, with its squared off front grille and four headlights. The main differences were the larger front air dam and the specially designed 15 GKN light alloy wheels (the DBS was the last Aston Martin vehicle to come with the distinctive wire wheels). Until May 1972, the Aston Martin V8 was produced concurrently with the DBS. After the production of the DBS stopped, the Aston Martin V8 featured a single headlamp front end and was renamed AM V8. Different series of the AM V8 were produced until 1989.
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