The 1979 Aston Martin V8 was largely similar to the previous year’s model, but with a few minor updates. One notable change was the introduction of the Vantage Volante convertible, which featured a power-operated convertible top and a more powerful V8 engine.
The standard V8 coupe and Volante convertible were powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine producing 345 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Optional equipment included air conditioning, power windows, and a limited-slip differential.
The V8 was capable of reaching a top speed of around 160 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds.