2017 Aston Martin GT8
£169,995 | Location: United Kingdom
The Aston Martin Vantage is series of hand-built sports cars from the British manufacturer Aston Martin. Aston Martin has previously used the “Vantage” name on high-performance variants of their existing GT models, notably on the Virage-based car of the 1990s. The modern car, in contrast, is the leanest and most agile car in Aston’s lineup. As such, it is intended as a more focused model to reach out to potential buyers of cars such as the Porsche 911 as well as the exotic sports and GT cars with which Aston Martins traditionally compete.
The GT8 was launched in Q4 of 2016; only 150 examples are to be created with either a SportShift II 7 speed automated manual or 6 speed manual gearbox.
Featuring an uprated V8 engine and extensive use of carbon fibre with the front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills and rear diffuser all fashioned from the lightweight material. Those wishing for the most extreme aero configuration can specify the optional Aero Pack, which adds the large rear wing and additional corner elements to the front splitter. A host of carbonfibre parts, including sports seats, door panels and roof, join a titanium centre-mounted exhaust and polycarbonate rear side windows and windscreen. The net result is a 100kg saving and 1510kg kerb weight, making it the lightest Vantage model ever.
Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King said: “We long held the desire to create a road car that truly reflects our racing activity at Le Mans. With the Vantage GT8, we’ve finally been able to achieve that. By focusing on weight savings and aerodynamics, we’ve taken the V8 Vantage to an entirely different level of agility and aggression. It’s a hugely exciting car honed to the keenest possible edge.”
6-Speed Manual, Q Special Satin Titanium Silver Paint, Black Textured Titanium Exhaust System, Red Brembo Brake Calipers, 19″ 7-Spoke Satin Black Centre Lock Alloys, Aero Pack – Gloss Carbon (Rear Spoiler, Rear Diffuser, Side Skirts, Front Splitter) Carbon Fibre Roof Panel, Machined Carbon Fibre Wings Badge, Carbon Fibre Tailgate, Exposed Carbon Fibre Lower Valances, Carbon Fibre Mirror Cap, Memory Carbon Fibre Lightweight Seat, Pure Black Leather/Alcantara Upholstery, Spicy Red contrast Stitching, GT8 Headrest Embroidery, Carbon Fibre Doorcards + Centre Console, Alcantara Steering Wheel, Sta Nav, Bluetooth, USB + Aux Input Reversing Camera, Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio, Glass Switches, Pure Black Alcantara Headlining, Obsidian Black Carpets, Front Grille – Lightweight Mesh, Carbon Sill Plaque, Vantage GT8 Decklid Badge, Alarm Upgrade Volumetric & Tilt Sensors, Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror, Driver + Passenger Airbags.
The curves of the Aston Martin Vantage have always been an alluring affair, however here in its racing inspired guise, the GT8 is an entirely more dramatic depiction. At first glance it certainly seems more racer than road car; specified with over £26k worth of exterior carbon fibre options including a carbon roof, tailgate, side skirts, front splitter and huge rear spoiler, all seemingly borrowed from Aston’s endurance racing cars.
Not content with the carbon options a further £11k was spent on Q Special Satin Titanium Silver Paint. Perfectly contrasting the lashings of gloss carbon and looks sublime; reigning in the race car aesthetic the matte finish gives the GT8 a contemporary elegance to balance out the cars innate aggression, making it the perfect candidate to cruise through any city or blast around any circuit.
Carbon Fibre and Alcantara are now the staple for the homologation special with the GT8 certainly no exception. Satin weave adorns the door cards and dash centre, whilst the two materials work in unison to create the beautifully branded lightweight bucket seats. A significant red stitch creates an elegant map line around the seats, the dash and door cards with door pulls also treated to woven detail.
Balancing out the minimalist lightweight materials, a reverse camera, memory seats, sat-nav, Bluetooth and Aston Martins premium audio system are all present to ensure the cabin feels refined and comfortable. The subtle touch of optional glass switches and chrome to the switchgear surrounds sustain an elegance that one expects from the British manufacturer.
Engine & Transmission:
The V8 engine has been massaged to now produce 440hp with the familiar spitfire sound enhanced further by a £7k optional Titanium exhaust. The soundtrack that fills the cabin is pure theatre, with start up signalling serious intent and once up and running through the rev range the car is aurally astonishing; a race car sound to match the appearance.
A 6 speed manual offers the ultimate interaction with a short, fast throw matched beautifully to the rev hungry V8.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:
Continuing the GT series aesthetic, an optional £11k set of 19″ 7 spoke satin black centre lock wheels are in place of the standard wheel. They perfectly contrast the satin sliver coachwork and offer a slightly more concave appearance in the rear to host 295 section rubber. These are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2’s, considered the ultimate in progression whether the conditions may be wet or dry.
The steel Brembo brakes allow for perfect modulation and will match even the most demanding of conditions.
This GT8 was supplied on 23/03/17 by Aston Martin Cheltenham, as 1 of just 150 cars to be produced. The initial list price of the car was £165k but this highly specified option cost over £230k, as shown by the original purchase invoice, thanks to the addition of a vast list of options including a full carbon aero kit, Q Special satin paint, full titanium exhaust system and forged centre lock wheels.
The car was ordered by the first and current owner as part of an extensive and unique collection of contemporary Aston Martins and so has covered just 154 from new, spending its life in storage with the collection from new.
Present with the car is the complete spec sheet, original purchase invoice, Aston Martin owners manual/service book, V5 and 2 sets of keys.