Aston Martin Vantage GT8: details on all new £165k track car

Aston Martin Vantage GT8: details on all new £165k track car

The fastest V8 Vantage ever arrives in the shape of the Aston Martin Vantage GT8. Only 150 will be built and the price is £165k

Aston Martin has introduced its latest track-bred GT car: the new Aston Martin Vantage GT8. Following on from the exclusive Vantage GT12 revealed last year, the GT8 is heavily inspired by the V8 Vantage GTE racer. Only 150 examples will be built at £165,000 apiece, but you'll be lucky to get your hands one one as they've almost completely sold out.

What that price tag gets you is the lightest, most powerful V8 Vantage that Aston has ever made. It’s heavily inspired by the V8 Vantage GTE racer, with the British sports car maker focusing heavily on aerodynamics and weight saving for the exclusive new model.

Aston has used carbon fibre wherever possible to help keep weight down as much as possible. The front splitter, bumpers, sills and rear diffuser have all been made using the super-light material, and is a hefty nod to the GTE race car it's inspired by, plus the same free-flowing cutaway on the front wheel arch.

The weight saving elements also extend to the interior where Aston has fitted carbon fibre bucket seats and door panels. All together, Aston has managed to strip up to 100kg from the V8 Vantage if you spec all of the individual options. The GT8 tips the scales at 1,510kg – 55kg less than its bigger brother, the GT12.

For those that want the full race car look, an optional Aero Pack brings a larger rear wing and additional corner elements to the front splitter. A carbon fibre roof, polycarbonate rear windscreen and titanium centre mounted exhaust can also be added from the options list. With all of the lightweight extras fitted, the GT8 nudges £200,000 – almost double the price of a standard V8 Vantage – but Aston insists the GT8 is ‘genuinely road-useable’, with air conditioning, a 160w audio system, and the latest AMi II infotainment setup with sat-nav and Bluetooth as standard.

Elsewhere, the GT8 gets a new five-spoke alloy wheel design – lightweight, seven-spoke magnesium wheels are also an option – while three colour schemes are available and include Stirling Green and Lime (pictured), China Grey and Blue or Stratus White and Green.

Under the nose is Aston’s tried and tested 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 developing 440bhp and 490Nm of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or Aston’s seven-speed Sportshift II automatic. Fitted with the manual box, the GT8 gets from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and continues on to a top speed of 190mph.

The GT8 continues Aston’s new policy of developing two limited edition models each year, meaning another unnamed model will follow in the coming months.

Source: www.autoexpress.co.uk