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SPIED! Aston Martin Vantage GT8

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    Aston Martin Vantage GT8 spy shots confirm 911 GT3 RS rival


    We received a batch of spy images which come to confirm a recent report regarding an Aston Martin Vantage GT8.

    It was only a couple of days ago when we first heard about a possible Aston Martin Vantage GT8 and now we have spy pics showing how the V8 Vantage will get an array of upgrades similar to the Vantage GT12 . The prototype’s body appears to resemble the V12-powered version, albeit the front grille has a different pattern and the front splitter doesn’t stick out like it does on the GT12. That being said, don’t be too surprised if the final product will look even more like the V12 model.

    Official details about the Vantage GT8 are not available at this point, but rumors suggest that rear wing will be optional. It is believed the car will have a full carbon fiber body and will be available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or an optional SSII automated manual. The hardcore V8-powered Vantage is estimated to lose around 154-176 pounds (70-80 kilograms) compared to the V8 Vantage S which weighs 3,549 pounds (1,610 kilograms).

    In terms of power, the 4.7-liter V8 packs 430 horsepower (321 kilowatts) in the V8 Vantage S, but we should expect an extra 15-20 hp in the GT8. The added punch corroborated with the diet will likely shave off a few ticks of a second from the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint that takes 4.8 seconds in the V8 Vantage S.

    The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 will reportedly be limited to only 150 cars and 40 of them are heading to U.K. where the special edition will cost around £200,000. An official reveal of the 911 GT3 RS fighter will likely occur soon since word on the street says AM will begin customer deliveries this year.

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    • klier

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      Funny, I just saw two GT12s at the Aston dealer this weekend.

      Pretty damned spectacular I must say.
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        Aston Martin Vantage GT8
        Racing is in Aston Martin's blood. From outright victory at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959, to countless race wins in GT3 and GT4 categories and a continued race and title-winning form in the production-based GTE category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin is proud to be at the forefront of GT racing.

        All Aston Martin road cars possess some of that sporting DNA, but the luxury brand's most extreme models draw directly from that knowledge and passion to deliver something altogether more overt in looks and ability. The new Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is just that.

        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."

        Inspired and influenced by the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE race car, the Vantage GT8 is a true thoroughbred. The lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever, the Vantage GT8's dramatically sculpted carbon fibre bodywork has been shaped by race-bred aerodynamic function. With a super-sharp chassis tuned for track-focused agility, powered by a revised 446PS1 version of Aston Martin's rousing 4.7-litre V8 and available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed SportshiftTM II paddle-shift transmissions, the Vantage GT8 has unmistakable style, a no-nonsense stance and a driving experience that's second to none.

        From nose to tail the motorsport inspired special edition is every inch the road racer. Wide-bodied with aerodynamics that clearly take their lead from Aston Martin Racing's WEC contender, it features 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. One of the most striking standard features is the cutaway front wheelarch, which mimics that of the GTE racer. 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.

        The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is further distinguished by a new 5-spoke alloy wheel, with ultra-lightweight seven-spoke centre-lock magnesium rims available as an option. Both standard and optional wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for exceptional performance on-road and track. Three optional 'Halo' paint schemes are available; striking combinations of China Grey and Blue, Stratus White and Green or Stirling Green and Lime that perfectly capture the Vantage GT8's dynamic character and performance.

        Improved performance through weight saving is central to the Aston Martin Vantage GT8. A standard-fit lithium ion battery sheds more vital kilos while further (optional) weight saving measures include a carbon fibre roof, polycarbonate rear screen and rear side windows and a titanium centre mounted exhaust. Together with the standard-fit lightweight carbon fibre sports seats (with manual adjustment, again to save weight) and carbon fibre door panels, this comprehensive suite of lightweight components saves up to 100kg, making the Vantage GT8 the lightest Vantage ever. Air-conditioning, a 160w audio system and Aston Martin's latest AMi III infotainment system ensures it remains genuinely road-useable.

        Announcing the introduction of the new Vantage GT8, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: "Road cars are our business, but racing is the beating heart of Aston Martin. The Vantage GT8 expresses that combination perfectly: an authentic and unashamedly extreme road car that draws directly from our Le Mans racing programme to amplify the inherent dynamism that has long made the Vantage such a fine sports car. Beautifully engineered and set-up to be equally at home on a fabulous road or a demanding race track, the Vantage GT8 is a driver's car in the truest sense of the word."

        Appealing to collectors as well as pure driving enthusiasts, the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 will be strictly limited to just 150 examples. Recommended retail price starts from £165,000 and deliveries will commence in Q4 2016.

        Source: Netcarshow
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      • KiwiRob

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        The blak one in the op looks much better, the finished item has a smaller wing and it appears the boards behind the front wheels are missing, makes it look sighly unfinished.
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        • Centurion

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          It's only after seeing a few videos of Shmee's GT8 that I have grew affection for the GT8.

          What an absolute keeper it is. From the aero on its tight proportions to the roar of the V12, it's a firecracker for a farewell to this generation Vantage.

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          GT8 has a V8.
          GT12 has a V12.

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