Aston Martin announces Vantage GT8

440bhp V8, six-speed manual gearbox and race-inspired aero package.

Aston Martin Racing’s potent Vantage GTE, in ‘Stirling Green’, will be contesting the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. But if you don’t happen to be a works driver, you can enjoy its road-going equivalent, the newly-announced Vantage GT8.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8. April 2016 Photo: Drew Gibson

Aston Martin Vantage GT8.
April 2016
Photo: Drew Gibson

 

The new GT8 has been developed with input from Aston Martin Racing and closely resembles its track stablemate. Extensive carbon-fibre aero additions include a new front splitter, front wings, sills and rear diffuser, giving the GT8 a wide-body, hunkered down appearance. If you want to go even more extreme a carbon-fibre roof, rear wing, titanium exhaust system and centre-lock magnesium wheels are options.

Just over a year ago, Aston Martin announced the race-inspired Vantage GT12, a limited edition of 100 based upon the racing Vantage GT3. The new Vantage GT8 is its V8-engined equivalent, but the two models are also distinctively different in their body styles.

Inside the cockpit, you’ll find extensive use of carbon fibre on the doors and centre console, while the steering wheel, fascia top roll and seats are all trimmed in Alcantara™. Seats are lightweight carbon fibre sports designs with GT8 embroidery and manual runners.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8. April 2016 Photo: Drew Gibson

Aston Martin Vantage GT8.
April 2016
Photo: Drew Gibson

 

Aston Martin Vantage GT8. April 2016 Photo: Drew Gibson

Aston Martin Vantage GT8.
April 2016
Photo: Drew Gibson

 

The 75-100kg weight reduction from all that carbon-fibre (and the lithium-ion battery) should make the Vantage GT8 feel even more agile and responsive, but Aston Martin Racing engineers have also helped to develop new springs, dampers and steering for the ultimate in track-focused handling. And purists will love the potent 440bhp V8 engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Only 150 models will be made and we’re confident that the track-focused, V8 engined GT8 will find a ready market among track-day enthusiasts and aficionados of the marque. If you’d like to be among their number, please contact our sales team as soon as possible.