Track-ready Aston Martin Vantage GT8 makes its debut

Track-ready Aston Martin Vantage GT8 makes its debut image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Aston Martin | posted April 21, 2016 07:45

Lightest, most powerful Vantage V8 yet

Aston Martin has just unveiled their lightest, most powerful production Vantage V8 yet.

Called the Vantage GT8, the limited edition sports car draws from the brand's motorsport heritage and features and modified chassis, revamped exterior and a more potent 4.7-liter V8.

“We long held the desire to create a road car that truly reflects our racing activity at Le Mans. With the Vantage GT8, we’ve finally been able to achieve that. By focusing on weight savings and aerodynamics, we’ve taken the V8 Vantage to an entirely different level of agility and aggression. It’s a hugely exciting car honed to the keenest possible edge,” said David King, director special projects of motorsport at Aston Martin.

Side profile of the Aston Martin Vantage GT8

Taking cues from the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE racecar, it features a new aerodynamic bodykit. Carbon fiber was heavily used throughout the body, including the front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills and rear diffuser. Those that opt to have the most aerodynamic Vantage GT8 can specify the car to have the optional Aero Pack. It gives the car a new large rear wing and additional cannards on the front splitter.

Furthermore, the Vantage GT8 gets lightweight 5-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires. Other weight saving measures performed on the car include: lithium-ion battery, optional carbon fiber roof, polycarbonate rear windscreen and side windows and a titanium center-mounted exhaust.

Rear quarter of the Aston Martin Vantage GT8

Inside, additional weight saving components make up the cockpit of the Vantage GT8. It has carbon fiber sport seats and door panels. In total, the weight reduction program managed to cut 100 kg from the curb weight. Features like the AMi III infotainment system, climate control and 160W audio system have been retained however.

Under the hood, the Vantage GT8 is propelled by a 4.7-liter V8 that produces 446 PS at 7,300 rpm along with 490 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm. It has an estimated 0 – 97 km/h time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed 305 km/h. Power is managed by a 6-speed manual transmission though it can be specified with the optional 7-speed Sportshift automated-manual gearbox.

Aboard the Aston Martin Vantage GT8

The double wishbone suspension system has been uprated as well and gets retuned springs and dampers. Moreover, the front axle gets anti-dive geometry while the rear axle has anti-squat and anti-lift geometry. Both however get anti-roll bars and monotube dampers.

Driver aids and safety features like dynamic stability control (DSC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), hydraulic brake assist (HBA), positive torque control (PTC), Hill-start Assist (HSA) and traction control (TC) all come as standard.

Production of the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is limited to only 150 units.