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Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Unleashed

Snapshot: Inspired by the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE race car, the production of the Vantage GT8 will be strictly limited to just 150 units.

Aston Martin, the uber-luxury British automaker, has revealed the new Vantage GT8, which happens to be the most extreme V8 Vantage ever built. Inspired by the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE race car, the production of the Vantage GT8 will be strictly limited to just 150 units. The pricing is expected to start from £165,000 (Rs. 1.55 Crores), while deliveries will commence in Q4 2016. For those asking, Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is the lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever.

Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King said: “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.” The supercar features extensive use of carbon fibre with the front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills and rear diffuser all fashioned from the lightweight material. Air-conditioning, a 160w audio system and Aston Martin’s latest AMi III infotainment system come as standard interior features.

One of the most striking standard features is the cutaway front wheelarch, which mimics that of the GTE racer. Those wishing for the most extreme aero configuration can specify the optional Aero Pack, which adds the large rear wing and additional corner elements to the front splitter. The Vantage GT8 rides on new 5-spoke alloy wheel, with ultra-lightweight seven-spoke centre-lock magnesium rims available as an option. Both standard and optional wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Under the hood, the Vantage GT8 has a 4.7L V8 motor which develops 442bhp of top power. It is available with a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed SportshiftTM II paddle-shift transmission.

Announcing the introduction of the new Vantage GT8, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Road cars are our business, but racing is the beating heart of Aston Martin. The Vantage GT8 expresses that combination perfectly: an authentic and unashamedly extreme road car that draws directly from our Le Mans racing programme to amplify the inherent dynamism that has long made the Vantage such a fine sports car. Beautifully engineered and set-up to be equally at home on a fabulous road or a demanding race track, the Vantage GT8 is a driver’s car in the truest sense of the word.”

Check out the 2016 Aston Martin Rapide, recently launched in India

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