Now part of the greater Ford family, Aston Martin needed a car that could have greater mass appeal, without diluting its brand, nor compromising on looks and performance. Ford delegated to Aston Martin the project they had running at Jaguar to replace the XJ, which they took and eventually turned into the Aston Martin DB7, which began production in 1995. Despite being smaller and somewhat less intimidating than the awesome Aston Martin Virage, it was unmistakable a Aston Martin, and buyers flocked to it. It popularity remained even after the introduction of the Jaguar XK8, which was a direct competitor.
Under the hood of this remarkable automobile was a 24-valve, 3.2-liter supercharged straight-six engine with 335 horsepower and torque to spare. This powerful engine pushed the Aston Martin DB7 to a top speed of 165 mph (265 km/h), and gave it a 0-60 acceleration time of 5.9 seconds. While not nearly as fast as the Virage, the DB7 could hold its own against practically anything on the road, head held high.
The car’s interior was as tasteful as the exterior, with a brand-new dashboard and plenty of wood everywhere.
In all aspects, the DB7 was a proper Aston Martin.