In Aston’s line-up, Aston Martin Vantage is the entry-level sports car. However, that doesn’t signify that it’s built like Toyota Corolla. The Aston Martin Vantage is assembled at Aston’s plant for sports cars which are located in Gaydon, United Kingdom.
Aston Martin Vantage Production Overview
The production of Aston Martin Vantage emphasizes craftsmanship over efficiency, like other low-volume cars. When other automakers are busy bragging about the number of robots in their factories. Aston however takes pride in the 200 man-hours it takes its workers to assemble each Vintage.
Although some robotic help is used to assemble the Vantage’s aluminium chassis. Pieces are bonded to the main body shell with adhesive, which a robot applies. Some automakers make use of this bonded-aluminium construction. As it is however difficult to wield aluminium, and adhesive weighs less than rivets.
One main thing that isn’t locally made is its engine. Aston Martin Vantage makes use of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. And this engine is supplied by Mercedes-AMG and was built in Germany by the automaker. The Aston Martin Vantage engine makes 503 horsepower and a torque of 505 pound-feet. Which is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the manual transmission, and 3.6 seconds with the automatic transmission. And also a 195 mph top speed with both of the transmissions.
Its Short History on Building Cars
It was in 2007 that Aston began to build cars exclusively at the Gaydon factory. It however also repurposed its main Newport Pagnell factory as Aston Martin Works. Which specializes in classic-car restorations and special projects like the “Goldfinger” DB5 continuation cars.
The automaker however also opened another former RAF base that is larger. But this time was in St Athan, U.K.
The factory completed a DBX SUV which was its first car in July. Meanwhile, Aston had planned to build Lagonda models at that same site as well. Though those plans have been torpedoed by falling sales. Aston has announced that it was cutting 500 jobs in June.
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