2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8
The 150 example limited series Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is more than a nod to the GTE race version and offers a more focused, race-derived version with its 4.7 litre V8 producing 440bhp and 361lb ft of torque to appeal to the purist. The power and torque are notable enough, but it’s the way the engine sounds that catches your full attention with over-sized titanium exhaust exits located just above the full-width rear diffuser and the secondary catalytic convertors being removed so that it is thunderously loud.
This manual Ultramarine Blue with Flugplatz Blue accents example arguably looks like the more elaborate when compared to the GTE car. From the head-on viewpoint, additional carbon-fibre pieces look like they hang the splitter from the bodywork and also have additional small fins. The splitter too, is more sculptural than the completely flat one on the GTE race car. When coupled with the significant cut-outs in the front arches that adorn both versions, designed to suck out high-pressure air and reduce front lift, even the casual observer will notice this car’s intentions.
The power and torque are notable enough, but it’s the way the engine sounds that catches your full attention.
An impressive near 50/50 weight distribution and widened axle tracks by 34mm at the front and 54mm at the rear, with front suspension springs 25 per cent stiffer and larger front anti-roll bar than a standard Vantage, the GT8 certainly is a purposeful, balanced and tactile track handling machine.
This GT8 is 90 kg lighter than a standard Vantage with an additional 20bhp, thanks to the use of carbon fibre on the roof, door panels, sports seats and even a carbon-fibre Aston Martin badge as well as its lightweight forged wheels.
With the mechanical feel of the GT8, the manual gearbox suits the car's character well, and is possibly the most sought after transmission option.
The interior of the GT8 is surprisingly luxurious given its race car inspiration with the Alcantara upholstery being complemented with DAB digital radio, 700W Dolby Prologic Premium Audio, auto headlights and wipers, dual zone climate control and a reversing camera.
Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tyres complete the package and provide the necessary levels of grip even for the most demanding driver.
- Satin Carbon Fibre Aero Pack
- Titanium Exhaust System
- 6 Speed Manual Transmission
- 160 W Aston Martin Audio System
- 19in Alloy Wheels - 5 Spoke Graphite Wheel
- A2DP Bluetooth Audio and Phone Streaming
- Automatic Headlights
- Black Anodised Calipers with Brembo Logo
- DSC - Dynamic Stability Control with Track Mode
- EBD - Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
- Halogen Projector Headlights-Main Beam
- Satellite Navigation System
- Steering Wheel - Black Alcantara
- TC - Traction Control
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Full main dealer service history, 2 Owners from new with the last owner change being 01/04/2018. With a full handbook and documentation pack, crystal, and spare key included.
At a glance
- Limited edition of 150 cars
- More focused, race-derived version
- 4.7 litre V8 with titanium exhaust
- Model specific carbon-fibre aero package
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