As the current Aston Martin Vantage enters the final stages of its long production life, we’re beginning to see more and more special editions. Some are mere cosmetic tweaks, while others, such as the recent Vantage GT12, are full blown hardcore makeovers. Aston has a unique talent of making cars that can look incredibly aggressive and beautiful at the same time, unlike many manufacturers who seem to pick one or the other. The newest in their series of limited-run, special edition cars demonstrates this trend perfectly. This is the new Vantage GT8.
Powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 as the standard Vantage and Vantage S, the GT8 is capable of 440 horsepower and around 370 lb ft of torque. This, sent to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automated manual transmission, allows the GT8 to reach 60 from 0 in 4.4 seconds on the way to its 190 mph top speed. Sure, this isn’t the fastest car you’ll be able to buy for the money, but how many others will look and sound as good as this?
Speaking of looks, the GT8 borrows its race-inspired appearance from its bigger brother, the GT12, and shares more than a little resemblance with Aston’s current GTE racer. Compared to the more everyday Vantage, the GT8 slices through the air with a more aggressive front splitter, with a more angular side profile channeling said air down the car’s muscular flanks. Around back, you’ll notice a more aggressive diffuser, a very well-positioned set of exhaust pipes, and a wonderful rear wing to keep the car’s rear end planted. All of these aerodynamic bits are highlighted by carbon fiber and contrasting paint, because if you’re going to be flashy, you might as well do it right.
Aston Martin can’t seem to do anything wrong lately. Just a short time after revealing their gorgeous new DB11, they’ve followed it up with something a little less elegant, but no less desirable. The Vantage GT8 will surely be an incredible car for carving up a nice, twisty road. Unfortunately, most people will never be able to experience this. Only 150 will be made, and they’re priced around $235,000. But, for those few lucky owners, I’m sure this monster will be worth every penny.