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Aston Martin Vantage GT8: Hardcore V8 track car launched

Aston Martin’s motorsport division has built a hardcore track-ready V8 Vantage-based model called the GT8

With the next generation of Aston Martin models on the horizon, the company is clearly having some fun with the old Vantage model to keep customers entertained in the meantime. The latest model, called the Vantage GT8, is a track-focused version of the V8-engined Vantage – the lightest and most extreme version to date.
Using knowledge gleamed by the company while racing in GTE, GT3 and GT4 racing, the GT8 has been developed by Aston’s Special Projects and Motorsport division. Inspired directly by the GTE racer, the GT8 is similar in concept to last year’s GT12 model. 
What makes it so hardcore? Carbon fibre parts have been used throughout the GT8, including the roof and seats. Other special components include a lightweight titanium exhaust, as well as polycarbonate windows all around, all helping to reduce weight by around 100kg, making this the lightest Vantage to date at 1510kg.

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Under the bonnet is a 4.7-litre V8 engine, pushing out 440bhp at 7300rpm. This is fed through a conventional six-speed manual, or the company’s seven-speed paddleshift transmission, called Sportshift II, along with a limited slip differential. Performance is suitably improved, with 0-60mph coming in 4.4secs, with a 190mph top speed. 
Visually, the GT8 looks very different to the standard V8. As standard, the new Aston comes with contrasting paint finishes, with gloss black lower valances and side skirts. To mirror the paint scheme used on the racer, customers can optionally order the GT8 with bright green detailing throughout. 
Taking it a step further, there is also a much more aggressive aero package available as an option, which adds a fixed rear wing and an extended front splitter.
The first cars will be delivered towards the end of 2016, and Aston Martin has confirmed that just 150 GT8s will be built. 

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