Aston Martin Vantage GT8. April 2016Photo: Drew Gibson

You might remember the Aston Martin GT12 from last year. Here’s its eight-cylinder counterpart – the new Vantage GT8. The car is essentially an amalgamation of the road-going V8 Vantage and the V8 Vantage GTE race car, and it’s limited to 150 lucky (and wealthy) customers at £165,000 a pop.

What they are getting for the kind of money is a stripped-out, track-focused car with lots of carbon fibre parts, including the front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills and rear diffuser. It has a cutaway wheelarch like that of the GTE racer, and if you tick ‘Aero Pack’ box Aston Martin will graciously add a large rear wing and some extra bits for the front splitter.

The Vantage GT8 rolls on five-spoke alloy wheels as standard, with seven-spoke centre-lock magnesium rims available as an option. Regardless what the customers choose, they’ll be getting the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for road and track use. The car can be specified with a choice of three ‘Halo’ paint schemes comprising combinations of China Grey and blue, Stratus White and green, and Stirling Green and lime (as pictured).

Powering the car is a revised version of the V8 Vantage’s 4.7-litre V8 engine, which receives a slight hike in power output with 446 PS. Like the GT12, customers may opt for either a six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift II automatic with paddle shifters.

While there’s not much of extra ponies to play with, Aston Martin says the Vantage GT8 is the lightest Vantage ever. The car is about 100 kg lighter than the model it’s based on thanks to the use of lightweight lithium-ion battery, carbon fibre seats (with manual adjustment), carbon fibre door panels. and other weight saving measures such as carbon fibre roof, polycarbonate rear screen and rear side windows, and titanium exhaust. Air-conditioning, as well as audio and infotainment systems are retained.

 

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