Al Habtoor Motors has unveiled the new Aston Martin V8 Coupe in the UAE. This is the first time the car has been in the entire Middle East and a spokesman for Al Habtoor confirmed that the car had been eagerly snapped up by an unnamed driving enthusiast in Abu Dhabi.
Capable of attaining a speed in excess of 240 kmph, the V8 is powered by newly designed 350bhp, 5.3 liter V8 engine. It can accelerate from 0-96 kmph in 5.8 secs. and 0-160 kmph in 13.5 secs. Besides the 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission models are also available here in the UAE.
Every Aston Martin is hand built and it takes 15 weeks to complete each car. All body panels are hand crafted in aluminum, and 10 Connolly hides are required to upholster the luxurious interior. Burr Walnut is utilized for the fascia panel, center console and door capping and Wilton carpeting for the floor. A minimum of 12 separate coats of paint is applied to each part of the car.
The V8 engine has newly designed cylinder heads, camshafts and pistons and is equipped with an Alpha Plus electronic engine management system.
The V8 Coupe reflects the overall design themes and smooth flowing aerodynamic lines and compounds curves of the Aton Martin Vantage. However, the V8 has its own distinctive design radiator air intake, six spoke 18 inch diameter, 8.5 inch wide rim alloy road wheels and circular auxiliary driving lamps, integrated with the front spoiler. Special compound 255/50 ZR Pirelli P19 Zero tyres have been developed for use with this new model.
Anti-lock brakes fitted to all four wheels, a speed sensitive power assisted rack and pinion steering, and a limited slip differential rear axle, and a sophisticated climate control system are some of the special features of the new Aston Martin V8 Coupe.
The Al Habtoor Motors spokesman continued, “ The new V8 Coupe is a stunning example of sports car design. It faithfully reflects the heritage and craftsmanship for which Aston Martin is renowned throughout the world and we are delighted to give the car its Middle East debut here in the UAE.”