Aston Martin, the British luxury sports car manufacturer, has been planning to introduce a race-centered version of the 2015 model V8 Vantage for the model year 2017, which will be named as the GT8. This model will pursue in the footsteps of the 2016 model Vantage GT12 Special Edition, which is the track-prepared version of the 2017 model V12 Vantage S. A model that turned up on the Nurburgring instantly confirmed the rumor and then after some days Aston Martin unveiled the 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8.
The 2017 model GT8, which is identical to the GT12 model, confirms that the automaker is prepared to launch considerably more track-prepared models in the future. However, the 2017 GT8 will be one between the two limited-version coupe’s to be revealed in 2016, so there is an additional exciting mock-up to anticipate from the British manufacturer by the end of 2016.
2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Redesign, Exterior
As anticipated after observing the model in the act on the Nurburgring track, the aggressive body kit is almost identical to the 2016 GT12. Even though the vented hood is not as menacing as that of the GT12, the bumper in the front is similar to that of the GT12, featuring a broader low grille and a little different two-part splitter.
The differences between the new GT8 and GT12 are more noticeable on the sides. While the side skirts of the GT12 bear a close similarity to the ones found on the FIA-spec race car, the extensions are less aggressive and are short of the huge vents that nourish air to the back brakes. On the other hand, the wheels are identical to the V-12 roadster and cut off a few pounds from the curb weight of the vehicle. However, the GT8’s seven-spoke magnesium wheels are offered as an option, whereas the five-spoke alloy wheels will be offered as standard.
Around rear, the new Aston Martin Vantage GT8 2017 is less hostile than the GT12, as well. The new vehicle comes equipped with a smaller wing and its diffuser lacks the perpendicular fins of the V-12 version. While the GT12 is certainly the more race-leaning sports coupe, the new GT8 is fairly menacing to observe when compared to the earlier V8 Vantage.
Much similar to the GT12, the GT8 receives Halo outside colors with arresting accents. Three combinations, such as Stratus White combined with Green accents, China Grey combined with Blue accents and Stirling Green combined with Lime accents will be offered to the new GT8. The secondary shade underlines the grille, side mirrors, front bumper, spoiler, rear wing, and diffuser. The exterior also sports many carbon-fiber parts such as the lower bumper, grille surround, rear bumper, side skirts and diffuser.
Other weight-dipping components comprise a polycarbonate rear screen and back side windows, carbon-fiber roof, and a titanium exhaust.
The automaker was rather concise with the particulars but mentioned that the 2017 model GT8 will feature super-sharp chassis, which is finely tuned for the track-centered agility. The new GT8 comes equipped with the improved braking system in the front and at the back. The enhanced grip is achieved, as the wheels, GT8 come surrounded with high-performance Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires from Michelin.
The 2017 model GT8 comes with a lesser curb weight by 220 pounds (10 kg) than its predecessor due to the frivolous engine and the application of the lightweight material in its entire construction.
The next-generation Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is expected to come with a distinctive interior that conveys collectively elements found in the sports-spec Vantage GTE and some of the comfort features generally seen in a street-going Aston Martin. Just similar to the more commanding GT12, the steering wheel, dashboard, and seats are covered in Alcantara, whereas the center stack is constructed from carbon fiber and it comes with the leather-finished sides. White stitching highlights both the center console and the seats, which offers an arresting contrast for the dark-gray and black surfaces.
The carbon-fiber seats feature physical adjustment, a weight-reduction measure, and GT8 writing can be seen on the headrests. The usual door panels have been changed with carbon-fiber constituents with cloth latches. However, in spite of using many features, which are more common to the sports-spec Vantage GTE, the new GT8 remains authentically road-functional coupe because of an air-conditioning arrangement, 160-Watt acoustic system, and the latest Ami III infotainment system of Aston Martin.
2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Interior
2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Engine, 0-60
The new Vantage GT8 gets its power and torque V8 engine with the displacement of 4.7 liters, which was used to power the V8 Vantage S. However, the powertrain has been finely tuned to offer the new GT8 the utmost power of 440 ponies, which is 10 ponies more than the engine of the earlier models offered. The powertrain also offers the new vehicle the utmost torque of 361 pounds per foot, which is same as that of the previous models.
The new GT8 also gets improved acceleration that assists it to reach the 60 mph speed from the static mode in 4.2 seconds, which is faster than the V8 Vantage S model by 0.4 seconds. The new GT8 also attains the maximum velocity of 190 mph.
The engine will be coupled with either of the two available types of transmission systems that include a six-velocity manual transmission and a seven-velocity Sportshift II transmission system that comes equipped with paddle shifters.
Base price and the date of release
The 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 release date is expected to be the last quarter of 2016. When it comes to pricing for the new Vantage GT8, it will be sold at a starting price of £165,000, which comes to around 233,900 USD. This price is a considerable increase when compared to that of the V8 Vantage S model that comes with the starting price of £55,000 (about $77,970). However, the base price is far less than that of the GT12 model that comes with the preliminary price of £85,000 (around $120,530). However, Aston Martin is going to construct 150 units of the 2017 model GT8, which will be more than the GT12 model, but low sufficiently low for the sports car to be out of stock within a matter of weeks.
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2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Photos