Posted by Anthony CarboneApril 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm
Aston Martin has just announced its new limited edition improvement of the V8 Vantage – the Vantage GT8. It promises to become the most extreme modification of the Vantage with its production limited to only 150 units.
The car was announced with a bold claim from the company: “Racing is in Aston Martin’s blood. From outright victory at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959, to countless race wins in GT3 and GT4 categories and a continued race and title-winning form in the production-based GTE category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin is proud to be at the forefront of GT racing”.
The GT8 draws its main influence from the V8 Vantage GTE racecar, however it is 100kg lighter and has a wide range of other upgrades that compose the ultimate road racing V8 Vantage. The car is fitted with the classic 446PS1 4.7-liter V8 that has been revised and comes with either the six-speed manual or seven-speed SportshiftTM II paddle-shift transmission.
The engine has been finely tuned to reach over 440hp and 490 Nm of Torque at 5000 rpm. As the car has only been announced, there are no definitive speed characteristics, but Aston Martin claims that it will be able to reach 60mph (96.5km/h) in 4,4 seconds and will top its speed at 190mph (305km/h). Such results are a consequence of the weight reduction of around 100kg that brought the GT8 to the total weight of 1510kg.
The GT8 is also fitted with a lithium-ion battery and a lightweight carbon fiber roof, polycarbonate rear screen and rear side windows, titanium exhaust and carbon fiber adjustable sports seats, making everything in the car stand for higher performance through weight reduction.
Aston Martin Vantage GT8 looks like a mean racing rig. Its wide body is richly incrusted witch carbon fiber components from the front splitter to the fenders, bumpers, side sills and rear diffuser. For those with even more lust for aerodynamics there is an optional “Aero Pack” which features a larger rear wing and additional components to the front splitter.
As far as wheels go, the GT8 is equipped with new five-spoke alloy wheels with an option of lighter seven-spoke center-lock magnesium rims on Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The car also features multiple color schemes to further enhance the satisfaction from this vehicle.
The interior has multiple personalization packages, featuring leather and alcantara styling packages, extra carbon elements, Bang & Olufsen speakers and contrasting stitching. In essence the GT8 will be packed with the latest Aston Martin luxuries.
Sales will be starting in the 4th quarter of 2016 at a hefty price tag of $235000, making this beautiful streetracer available for all those who can get it in time and, of course, afford it.