which is available in a choice of finishes, including a magnesium option that saves a further 3.5kg in weight. As well as improving the car’s unsprung mass and handling, the wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that were developed specifically for the Vantage GT8.
Behind those lightweight alloy wheels are the largest brakes ever fitted to a Vantage, with 380mm two-piece brake discs and six-piston front calipers. Working in harmony with the car’s track-inspired chassis, these provide exceptional stopping power and feel, helping to make the Vantage GT8 a formidable machine on both road and track.
The Vantage GT8’s aerodynamics package has also been honed to improve cooling, while also generating significant downforce at high speed. This is achieved through a revised front grille, a new front bumper and an upswept rear diffuser, all of which work together to maximise airflow and reduce lift.
Inside, the Vantage GT8 is no less focused, with a lightweight centre console and the option of carbon fibre seats that save a further 17kg. The standard sports seats are also constructed from carbon fibre, while Alcantara trim is used extensively throughout the cabin. There is also a choice of four colour schemes, including the striking Stirling Green and lime livery inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s 2016 WEC cars.
The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is not only a true driver’s car, but also a highly collectable one, with just 150 examples being built globally. Each car is hand-built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England, and is available to order now. It is priced from £165,000 in the UK, with first deliveries expected in the second half of 2016.
Whether on the road or the track, the Vantage GT8 represents the ultimate expression of Aston Martin’s racing DNA. With its dramatic looks, intense performance and limited availability, it is destined to become a highly sought-after modern classic for the discerning enthusiast.