The 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 will bless 150 lucky buyers as an A-1 exclusive whip. It has pure-bred racing roots embedded in nearly every aspect of its design. From the carbon fiber body with aluminum engine components to 19 inch forged alloy wheels and a ton of dynamic features, this whip will be a monster on the road in select countries. Plus it has this crazy ‘Halo‘paint-job that makes it stand out among stunner whips.
Aston Martin plans to attract collectors and those who want one of the most lightweight, most powerful and most nimble Vantage street vehicles. The new GT8 gets most of its inspiration from the GTE- a true thoroughbred and the inspiration for the cutaway wheel arch, one of the GT8’s most striking standard features.
The Vantage GT8’s dramatically sculpted carbon fiber bodywork has been shaped by track- aerodynamic function. And its sharp chassis -wide-bodied includes aluminum, magnesium alloy, and steel for superior rigidity and resilience. With weight-saving in mind, the body features a carbon fiber front spitter, carbon fiber rear bumpers, side sills, fenders and carbon fiber rear diffuser.
Three optional ‘Halo‘ paint schemes are available; China Grey and Blue, Stratus White and Green or Stirling Green and Lime that makes the whip a head-turner from miles away. The Aero Pack further swags out the GT8 with a big rear wing and front spitter.
A bold color scheme with a meshed grille, glossed-blacked out window surrounds, black headlamp bezels, a black emblem plus lower valances and sills in gloss black all create a contemporary sinister style. Other features include power folding mirrors, a bean blade, automatic headlamps and HID headlamps. A carbon fiber grille, carbon fiber tail gate, carbon fiber mirror caps, and machined carbon fiber Aston Martin wings badges are all stylish add-ons.
Total weight for the Vantage GT8 is reduced by 100 kg thanks to major weight saving measures that will surely make it a road demon. Weight saving measures include the lithium ion battery, carbon fiber roof, polycarbonate rear screen and rear side windows and titanium center mounted exhaust.
The Vantage GT8 is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine with 440 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque. I admit I wish it was a bit faster, but it’s predicted that they’ll be a max 190 mph on the dash and a 0-60 mph sprint of just 4.4 seconds.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard with an available Sportshift II seven speed automatic transmission. Limited-slip differential, rack and pinion, power-assisted steering and front independent double wishbone and independent double wishbone are all dynamic standard features that are fined-tuned for dynamic driving on street or track.
The Vantage GT8 is further distinguished by new 19 inch 5-spoke forged alloy Graphite wheels, with optional ultra-lightweight seven-spoke center-lock magnesium rims. Both standard and optional wheels are matched with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for exceptional performance on-road and track.
For max braking effectiveness, the GT8 boasts front ventilated and grooved two-piece six-piston floating disc brakes and rear ventilated and grooved steel disc brakes. And the whip has innovative safety tech like Hydraulic Brake Assist, Positive Torque Control, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Assist, and the traditional traction control, ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The interior of the 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 in surprisingly plush and sporty with lightweight sport seats. The GT8 Primary leather palate comes in Pure Black or Grey. And an obsidian black Alcantara steering wheel, satin lacquer carbon fiber door panels, and cool black magnesium paddle shifters (automatic) with leather inserts or carbon fiber manual gear shifts (manual) are also stylish.
The interior is full of unique swag like the Satin Black rotaries, graphite speaker covers, GT8 badging on the headrests and on the sill plates, premium carpeting, carbon fiber twill on the fascia and piano black trim.
A standard Ami III infotainment system features satellite navigation and a 160 watt audio system. Plus the are some sophisticated options like premium high-quality leather, Alcantara all-around, a Satin Cuprum Carbon Fiber fascia, carbon fiber paddle shifters, a Herringbone Carbon Fiber fascia, glass fascia window switches, sports seats, a 700 watt Aston Martin Premium audio system, and a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen Beo audio system.
Recommended retail price starts from £165,000 and deliveries will start in late 2016.