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2009-03-27 11:27
You know a car’s proportions are nigh on perfect w

You know a car’s proportions are nigh on perfect when it can roll on such a hideous set of wheels and still remain fetching in appeal. Aston Martin’s Vantage, kitted out by Cargraphic. We’ve seen better.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Aston Martin
Model Vantage 420
Engine 4.3l V8
Power 324kW
Torque 452Nm
Landau based Cargraphic has been around since 1985, yet remains one of Germany’s lesser known tuning concerns. If you need split-rims for your Vantage, these are your guys.

Established by the brothers Michael and Thomas Schnarr (still the boss men today) as a racing concern, campaigning British classics and sportscars, the company has developed over the years into a Porsche and European exotic tuner of some repute.

Since winning the FIA Historic GT Championship in 1992 the company still prepares racing Porsches, yet spends most of its time embellishing modern performance cars.

The latest offering from Cargraphic (not the catchiest name, we’ll admit) is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage 420.

Aston traditionalists might not notice the carbon-fibre bodykit (front spoiler lip, diffuser framed rear spoiler and side skirts) at first, owing to the garishness of the 21-inch, Cargraphic GTR, split-rim alloy wheels.

Admittedly the wheels and body-kit don’t really blend seamlessly - at all.

Dynamically the suspension has been lowered by 20mm, and engine performance improved with a new, mild-stainless steel performance exhaust system sporting high-flow catalytic converters.

Power is up – yet not by much though. Cargraphic’s Vantage 420 produces 342kW compared to the standard Vantage’s 313kW.


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