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Aston Martin Vantage GT8 revealed

By Louis Cordony, 18 Apr 2016 News

Aston Martin Vantage GT8 revealed

GT12 succeeded by V8 special edition

Aston Martin’s revealed its latest model to tap into the firm’s motorsport efforts.

Called the Vantage GT8, the limited-edition special follows the motorsport-inspired recipe we saw last year on the GT12 with less weight, more power, and radical exterior add-ons.

As its name’s ‘8’ reveals, underneath its bonnet beats the Vantage V8’s engine. The 4.7-litre V8 has been tickled to produce an extra 7kW, totalling its outputs to 328kW and a carried-over 490Nm. It’ll come matched either to seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8 rearWhile a small bump in power, thanks to Aston Martin binning the exhaust system’s secondary catalysts, it's sure to be felt. The GT8 adopts a weight saving regime that sees carbon-fibre body panels, carbon-fibre seats, a lithium ion battery, and gorgeous centre-lock magnesium wheels fitted as standard. Alcantara also replaces leather in the cabin.

Vantage gt8 interiorTick a couple options and Aston Martin says you could drop up to 100kg from the car’s frame. These include a carbon-fibre roof, polycarbonate windows, and a titanium exhaust system. However, air-conditioning, audio, and the infotainment system are retained to avoid the car moving away from its road use focus.  Aston Martin Vantage GT8 sideThat loud aerodynamics package is also standard fitment, with its aggressive front-splitter and wider proportions said to be inspired by the firm’s Vantage GTE car which it races in the World Endurance Championship’s GT category.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8 & Vantage GTE carMichelin Pilot Sport 2s will do their best to make use of the car’s new downforce decorations on track, where Aston Martin believes this car will be most used.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8 frontAston Martin will build 150 units ator AU$304,823 with the order books open for Australia. If the pictured Stirling Green and Lime paintwork isn’t your bag, two other ‘Halo’ paint schemes are offered – China Grey and Blue or Stratus White and Green. Deliveries for the GT8 begin fourth quarter this year.