The Vector W8 was a sports car produced from 1989 to 1993. It was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive, and was designed by Gerald Wiegert and David Kostka. The company claimed the newest and most advanced aerospace materials were used in building the W8s, which they said justified applying to the car the term “Aeromotive Engineering.”
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Just 19 W8s were produced (17 customer cars and two pre-production cars, the prototype W2, and two prototype Avtech WX-3 and AWX3R with a mock up of the 7.0 liter DOHC TT engine evolution).
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A total of 22 automobiles produced by Vector Aeromotive over the life of the company.The car originally sold at retail for up to $455,000 USD new, however on today’s used market, they are available from $200,000 to well over $1 million depending on the condition of the car.
The car was based around a Rodeck Aluminum resleevable, 365 cu. in. racing engine coupled to very highly modified Turbo Hydro 425 General Motors three-speed automatic transmissions that had been used in front wheel drive Oldsmobile Toronados dating back some two decades earlier.
The engine had intercooled twin-turbos, and produced an advertised 625 bhp at 5700 rpm and 649 lb·ft of torque on 8 lbs of boost. Boost levels were driver adjustable between 8 and 14 lbs and during dyno testing at the factory the engine put out 1200 bhp at 14 lbs of boost.