Aston Martin has taken the covers off the Vantage GT8, a limited-edition ₤ 165,000 ($234,000) variation of its conventional Vantage that the company declares is as near a road-going racing automobile as the law allows.
Simply 150 examples are being constructed, and the very first shipment will not begin up until completion of the year. Those with the money and the patience will get a GT automobile infused with a host of functions and systems established via Aston Martin’s endurance racing program.
The Vantage GT8 is 100kg lighter wight and having 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 has been tuned to provide 440bhp which power can be sent out to the rear wheels via a proper manual gearbox, if the owner so desires. Otherwise, there’s a paddle-shift automatic transmission in the alternatives list.
Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King stated: “We long held the want to create a roadway car that truly shows our racing activity at Le Mans. With the Vantage GT8, we’ve finally had the ability to attain that.”
Based on the conventional two-seat GT automobile, no one will be in any doubt that the GT8 is something unique. Festooned with carbon fiber aerodynamic helps it has a prolonged front splitter, repaired rear wing and extending sills finished in an option of luminous contrasting colors.
That’s just the start, depending on how typically a potential owner plans to take the vehicle to the track. Glass interior switches can be switched for plastic, the roofing system can be specified in carbon fiber and the side and rear windows swapped for polycarbonate to save much more weight and therefore let loose much more performance.
“Road cars are our business, however racing is the beating heart of Aston Martin,” stated company CEO Dr Andy Palmer. “Beautifully engineered and set-up to be similarly in your home on an amazing road or a demanding race track, the Vantage GT8 is a motorist’s car in the truest sense of the word.”