The 1982 Aston Martin V8 was largely unchanged from the previous year’s model. It continued to be powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produced 310 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in around 7 seconds. The car featured a 5-speed manual transmission and could reach a top speed of 160 mph.
However, one significant change for the 1982 model year was the introduction of the “Vantage” option package, which added larger carburetors, revised camshaft timing, and other modifications to the engine to increase its output to 400 horsepower. This made the 1982 V8 Vantage the most powerful production car in the world at the time.
Other updates for the 1982 V8 included revised suspension tuning and the addition of a limited-slip differential as standard equipment.
The 1982 V8 was available as both a coupe and convertible, and featured a luxurious interior with high-quality leather and wood trim. Despite its impressive performance, the V8 was also a comfortable and refined grand touring car, with a smooth ride and excellent handling.
Only a limited number of V8s were produced in 1982, as the company was struggling financially at the time. However, the car’s reputation for style, performance, and exclusivity helped to maintain its status as a highly desirable luxury car.