Take a luxury sportscar and then squeeze even more horsepower out of an already chest-pounding motor. That’s what Aston Martin did with the super-low production Vantage V600. This comprehensive upgrade package added twin mechanically-driven Eaton superchargers, with optimized intercooling and a fatter exhaust. As a result, engineers at Aston produced 600 hp and 600 ft-lbs of torque from the aluminum-alloy, 5.3-liter V8 powerplant. To cope with all that juice, ventilated and grooved discs with six-piston, AP calipers were fitted; as well as Eibach springs and Koni dampers. Only 56 cars were built with this option package; not surprising, since only a select few can afford the V600’s stunning combination of power and luxury.
The Vantage V600 is a high-performance model based on the 1990s Virage grand tourer. As implied by its name, the V600 has 600 hp (447 kW) that allowed it to have comparable performance to supercars of its day.
The Vantage V600 was put into a low-volume production from 1998 to 2000. The Vantage name was reintroduced in the following decade by a series of two-seater cars including the Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
Due to its luxury car platform, the Vantage V600 has a front-biased chassis weighing 4414 lb (2002 kg) and is equipped with large diameter ventilated disc brakes with six-piston calipers that grant the car its required stopping power. To enable supercar performance, it is powered by a twin supercharged 5.3 litre V8, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, with 600 hp (447 kW) and 600 ft·lb (813 N·m) of torque. The V600 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and tops out at 195 mph (314 km/h), although its top speed has been increased to 201 mph (324 km/h) Forza Horizon 3.