Aston Martin


Built April 2014
Purchased February 2020 with 27,000 mls
Exterior Grey Bull metallic 
Interior Chancellor Red Leather
Engine 4.7l V8
Power 420 hp / 313 kw at 7,300 rpm
Torque 346 lb-ft / 470 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Transmission Graziano 7-speed Sportshift II
Brakes front Brembo 6 Piston calipers, 15″ Rotors
Brakes rear Brembo 4 Piston caliper, 13″ Rotors
Wheels front 8,5 x 19″ V-Spoked Diamond Turned
Wheels rear 10 x 19″ V-Spoked Diamond Turned
Tires front 245/40 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s
Tires rear 285/35 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s
Curb Weight 3,726 lbs / 1,485 kg



   Exhaust sound switch
   In order to comply with (sound) emission laws, newer V8 Vantage models carry a
   vacuum operated system which routes the exhaust gas flow on different paths through
   the muffler.
   In short, this system limits sound emissions at lower rpms and opens up at higher rpms.
   In order to switch the exhaust sound at my discretion (vs. the engine ECUs), I designed
   a system which allows me to switch between the two modes with a small remote control.


   Front license plate holder
   The license plate holder is made from two black painted aluminum bars which are
   attached to the original mounting points behind the grille and do not require drilling the
   front bumper.
   The holder is “invisible” and the front license plate does not obstruct the grille.

   Black Grille
   The Grille is made out of polished Aluminum bars. To give the front a more aggressive
   I painted the grille in high gloss black. 

   Carbon fiber tonneau covers
   The original tonneau covers were covered with (faux) leather and showed some minor
   misalignment around the roll-over protection bar openings. I replaced the tonneau
   covers with carbon fiber, and kept the original leather “head” frames’.

   Stainless steel covers for roll-over bars
   The original covers for the roll-over protection bars are made from plastic, covered with
   (faux) leather and for some reason did not exactly match the curvature of the tonneau
   covers. I replaced the top of these covers with thin (lightweight) stainless steel plates
   and aligned them with the curvature of the (surrounding) tonneau covers.

   Carbon Fiber covers for roll-over bars
   In order to simplify the appearance I replace the stainless steel covers of the roll-over
   bars with carbon fiber parts, matching the tonneau covers


   Wheel spacers
   In order to improve the appearance (“stand”) of the car I installed H&R DR-style 11mm
   wheel spacers at the front and front axle. These spacers just slip on the existing hub and

   do not require any alterations to the existing setup (studs, wheels). But they do require
   different wheel nuts which were supplied with my spacers.
   I tried H&R DRM-style 23mm spacers at the rear, but since my wheels did not have the
   necessary “pockets” to accommodate the spacer studs, it would have required cutting or
   replacing the original studs which I did not feel like doing.

   Switched from original tires Bridgestone Potenza to Michelin Pilot Sport 4s


   Brake pads
   My car came with OEM brake pads from PAGID. These pads do one thing very well, and
   that is braking. Regarding the amount of brake dust and noise they produce they’re not
   that great. I pretty much tried everything to reduce the squeaking (chamfering, Teflon,
   rubber paste etc.) but did not succeed. Eventually I replaced the PAGID pads with R4-S
   pads from PORTERFIELD which a; significantly improved the brake dust issue and b;
   eliminated squeaking. (These pads are chamfered already and I applied CRC 05016
   Disk Quite on all pads).
In every day driving the pads perform very well, I have not tried them on the track yet.
   The only (very minor) drawback in comparison to the OEM Pads is a little less

   “crisp” pedal feedback. But that’s unhappiness on a very high level, most drivers might
   not even feel a difference. (My job for many years is prototype car testing. – which
I make a living noticing these things.)

   Carbon fiber center stack (“Ski Slope”)
    My car came with a piano black slope which always looked dusty regardless how often      it was cleaned (especially in a roadster) and also appeared a bit outdated. 

   Carbon fiber dash panels
    The dash panels (in front of the dash board, right underneath the windshield) in my car      were covered with black (faux) leather which showed a few “bumps” and misalignments
    around the edges – perhaps a result of unevenly applied glue and exposure to direct
    sunlight and heat. 

   Carbon fiber door sills
    My car came with – actually quite beautiful – dark purple anodized metal door sills.
   In order to limit the number of different surface materials and complete the “carbon
   theme” I replaced those with carbon fiber.

   Floor- and trunk mats with embraided Aston Martin Logo
    I wanted AM logos on my floor carpet but  did not want to add additional floor mats
   a; the OEM floor carpet in my car includes some nice red stitching around the edges
   which matches the interior leather color,
   b; I did not want to add unnecessary stuff and weight and
   c; OEM floor mats with AM logos cost several hundred dollars
   Instead, I cut a small (negative) template of the AM logo, used it to cut down the floor
   carpets in the shape of the logo and glued embraided AM logos (which I purchased on
   ebay) into the cut-out area to make them flush with the floor carpet surface. 

   iPhone 11 Holder
   In order to hold my iPhone accessible and secure I 3D printed a holder in PLA which
   locks into the open storage compartment in front of the middle console.
   The V8 Vantage carries the same center stack (“ski slope”) as the DB9 model.
   At the right side and bottom of the slope, the V12 has a button for active damping, while
   the V8 Vantage has a little pen made by LAMY which slides in the opening left by the
button. The pen was missing in my car but I was able to purchase one from


   Battery float charger 
   In order to to keep the battery charged and prolong it’s lifetime I connect the car to a
   load charger (not a trickle charger) trough a cigarette lighter plug in the trunk
   whenever it’s parked in my garage.

   Sat/Nav map
   My vehicle is equipped with a GARMIN Navigation system and still had the original OEM
   map data from 2013 installed. An upgrade with OEM data is quite expensive, but after

   some research I found and installed a GARMIN MicroSD/SD card map data upgrade
   which costs about 1/4 quarter of the dealer price and works perfectly fine (I even believe
   this to be exactly the upgrade one would receive from a dealership).


Sportshift II Transmission: Oil Change

STA/NAV: Map update