Aston Martin Vantage GT8
Just by looking at the Aston Martin Vantage GT8, you could tell that this is a rare treat; supporting said statement is the limited production of just 150 units. Aston Martin’s track-oriented Vantage GT8 is a low-weight, carbon fiber and aerodynamically optimized beast; inspired by the 2016 V8 Vantage GTE race car, Aston Martin calls their latest project a “true thoroughbred”, the lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever built.
The aesthetically dramatic carbon fiber body hides a refined version of the company’s 4.7-liter V8 engine, which provides 446 PS, not to mention a thrilling experience. It comes mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed Sportshift II automatic. The new GT8’s agility is complemented by that lightweight body, including a carbon fiber front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills and rear diffuser.
Also worth mentioning are the carbon fiber roof, the polycarbonate rear screen and rear side windows and the titanium center-mounted exhaust system. Along for the ride may be the optional Aero Pack, which adds the large rear wing and additional corner elements to the front splitter. Customers may find that the wheels can be had in a 5-spoke design or the ultra-lightweight seven-spoke magnesium look; either way, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are a given. The color scheme will reflect you wish, with combinations of China Grey and Blue, Stratus White and Green or Stirling Green and Lime on offer.
On the inside, few lucky drivers will appreciate the carbon fiber door panels, along with carbon fiber sports seats with manual adjustment – fitted with low weight curb in mind. Said purpose has achieved a total weight loss of 100 kg (220 lbs), which is impressive; however; the engineers had no word in keeping the 160W audio system, the air-con and the latest AMi III infotainment system. Who said a beast cannot be entertaining? For £165,000, it should be; although, North American shores will not have the privilege of seeing one of these cars.