Vantage GT8 reflects real racing pedigree
If ever there was a road-going Aston Martin epitomising the British brand’s racing DNA, the new Vantage GT8 is it. The limited-edition sports car is loosely based on the V8 Vantage GTE race car, arguably making it the quickest, sharpest and most desirable V8 Vantage to date.
At the core of the new car is a weight-saving regimen that has seen the two-door’s kerb mass reduced by 100 kg through the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, while the car’s aerodynamics have been honed for improved stability and downforce.
The chassis has also been adapted to improve steering response and overall agility, while the 4,7-litre V8 has been further developed, and now produces 333 kW of maximum power. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual or a seven-speed paddle shift transmission.
Carbon fibre is used for the front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, sills and the rear diffuser, while a lightweight lithium-ion battery is fitted as standard in the interests of further reducing the car’s kerb mass.
Customers can opt for more radical aerodynamic aids, including a large fixed rear wing, as well as a carbon fibre roof, a titanium exhaust, and windows and a rear screen made of polycarbonate. However, this is still a road car, so a 160 watt audio system and air-con remain standard fare.
Final technical specifications have yet to be released, but with only 150 Vantage GT8s to be produced, there’s unlikely to be a shortage of buyers. Expected UK pricing starts at around £165 000 – or approximately R2,48-million. Deliveries should commence late this year.