The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Hits The Right Spot
Limited to a production of merely 150 units, the ravishing Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is a rare and appealing breed, offering fans and lucky customers alike a low weight, powerful vehicle, with cool aerodynamic tweaks. Inspired by the 2016 V8 Vantage GTE race car, Aston Martin’s latest project is the lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever, which is an impressive achievement, to say the least.
Showing off a dramatically sculpted carbon fiber body, the Vantage GT8 also comes with a track-tuned chassis and a revised version of the 4.7-liter V8 engine – developing 446 PS, in theory – will be connected to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed Sportshift II automatic to power up this beauty.
A new carbon fiber front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills and rear diffuser makes this ride a lot more eye catching than the standard V8 Vantage, but there’s also an optional Aero Pack available for customers who want a more extreme look, including a large rear wing and additional corner elements to the front splitter.
The color scheme may be yours to choose, with combinations of China Grey and Blue, Stratus White and Green or Stirling Green and Lime being on the table. Customers could also choose between 5-spoke wheels or the ultra-lightweight seven-spoke magnesium version – both covered in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber.
Aston Martin engineers decided to reduce the supercar’s weight a little by using even more carbon fiber, with a carbon fiber roof, a poly-carbonate rear screen and rear side windows, carbon fiber door panels inside the cabin, carbon fiber sports seats and a titanium center-mounted exhaust system.
Everyone will appreciate the fact that the British sports car manufacturer kept the 160W audio system, the air-con and the latest AMi III infotainment system, on a car that would be perfect for a quick spin around the track.
If you are looking forward to drive one of these, you should expect to pay at least £165,000, with deliveries scheduled to start in the forth quarter of 2016; oh, and the Vantage GT8 will not be available in North America.