The lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever: Aston Martin GT8 [video] image

Aston Martin has applied to the V8 Vantage the same treatment they gave to the bigger V12 last year, thus resulting the light track-orientated GT8 version.

It is no secret that Bond’s Gaydon-based luxury brand likes to race and it does not miss any opportunity to take one of their jewels and transform it into a track-focused light model. And the new Vantage GT8 comes precisely from Aston’s desire to transfer its Le Mans technical heritage and passion onto road cars. The lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever was inspired by the 2016 V8 Vantage GTE race car and comes packed with the well-known 4.7-liter V8 engine, but boosting now an extra 10 horsepower for the total output to rise at 446 hp. The revised unit is available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift II paddle-shift transmissions.

Improved performance through weight saving was evidently at the core of the Vantage GT8 development. Therefore, a standard lithium ion battery was fitted to shed vital kilos while further weight saving treatment include a carbon fiber roof, polycarbonate rear screen and rear side windows and a titanium center mounted exhaust. Together with the lightweight manual-adjusted carbon fiber sports seats and carbon fiber door panels, Aston managed to save up to 100 kg over the V8 Vantage S which tips the scale at 1,610 kg. The lightweight material was also used at the front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills and rear diffuser.

Appealing to driving enthusiasts, the Vantage GT8 will be strictly limited to only 150 units, with a recommended retail price of 165,000 pounds. Deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2016, but Aston Martin said the car would not be available in North America.