Latest Track-Oriented Aston Martin Will Cost £165,000The Vantage GT8 has been announced this week by British sports car specialist Aston Martin, bringing with it the news that it will cost £165,000 to buy and will be faster than any of its predecessors in this prestigious range, according to Auto Express.
Going hand in hand with the high price tag is the promise that only 150 examples of this vehicle will ever be produced, making it one of the most exclusive track cars in the world.
While it will be built to comply with regulations for use on public roads, the Vantage GT8 will at its core be a finely tuned racing machine. And so those looking for comfort and luxury are likely to want to seek other types of vehicle.
This is evidenced in the fact that the car comes with as many carbon-fibre body panels and components as possible, with everything from the bumper to the spoiler making use of this tough but light material. In total, this has allowed it to cut 100kg off the car when compared with the standard V8 Vantage.
Furthermore, it will be even lighter than the GT12, which should make it an interesting alternative to its similarly powerful sibling, especially in terms of handling.
It is worth noting that the £165,000 price tag is just for the basic car, with buyers having to pay even more if they want to shave off the extra kilos and unlock its true potential. In essence, this will make it a £200,000 track car which is an ideal plaything for those who are happy to spend as much cash on vehicle as most people would on a house.
Having talked up the stripped-down nature of this model, the Vantage GT8 should be fairly practical for everyday use in some respects. It has an infotainment system, for example, as well as air con and Bluetooth connectivity, meaning the interior is not an entirely barren cage but rather a place that some drivers might happily spend the morning commute.
On the outside it is impossible to escape the race-ready design of this car, with its large alloy wheels putting its huge disc brakes on show at all times. The hefty rear wing and multi-toned paint job are also an indication of its pedigree.
Under the bonnet lurks a 4.7 litre V8 engine that can be matched with the standard manual gearbox or a seven-speed auto transmission that is geared towards raw acceleration. Skilful drivers should be able to launch this car to 62mph in as little as 4.4 seconds.
This will make it the quickest V8 Vantage that Aston Martin has ever built, with its 190mph top speed being another talking point, especially given its compact design. And as a limited edition model, the GT8 has the potential to secure a strong following over the years to come, ensuring those that invest in it will not find their money disappearing in tyre smoke as soon as they drive away from the dealership.
Aston Martin is currently undergoing a major strategy change, expanding its range of cars and launching at least two special editions of existing models each year to capitalise on its potential to grow sales. The GT8 is just one example of this, and while it may be set to undergo a limited production run, it is also safe to assume that a newcomer will emerge to succeed it in 2017.
Aston Martin chief executive, Andy Palmer, explained a little more about the idea behind the GT8 following its launch, indicating that it is attracting buyers back to the brand after many years of their loyalties lying elsewhere. He would not be drawn on which other member of the firm’s range would be getting a special edition in 2016, but confirmed that the DB11 was not set to receive this treatment in the short term because of its niche appeal.
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