2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT8
Racecar for the Road
It’s not uncommon for a car maker to produce a race version of a road car and go on to win production car and endurance races. But it’s a lot less common for the reverse to occur, where the manufacturer takes a successful racecar and from that, produces a fire breathing roadcar. The Aston Martin Vantage GT8, however, is an example of precisely that, and owes its existence to the GTE race-cars that were regular contenders in the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24-Hours races of just a few years ago.
The lightest and most powerful Vantage the brand ever built, the GT8s success was a function of that traditional performance determinant, the power to weight ratio. While power of the normally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 engine was bumped marginally by some detail and tuning changes, the weight reduction side of the equation was a much more complicated undertaking. To reduce kerb mass as far as possible Aston Martin went to extreme lengths, even making fundamentally the entire body structure from carbon-fibre. Along with a raft of detail weight reduction measures, the GT8 tipped the scales a full 100 kg lighter than its Vantage-badged stablemates.
300 km/h Plus
As well as searing acceleration and a top speed over better than 300 km/h, the GT8 was also a sublime handler with a fabulous ability to change direction as well as capitalise on its high performance Michelin Sport Cup rubber. A Sport setting, selectable by the driver, sharpened up throttle response and liberated a little more noise form the active exhaust when conditions allowed.
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A seven-speed, paddle-shifted dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels underlined the hardcore nature of the car, but the typical Aston Martin surprise-and-delight features weren’t forgotten either with the crystal key and crystal switchgear all playing a part in the overall ambience. As one of just 150 GT8s ever built worldwide (and 1 of 2 ever sold in Australia) this car represents a truly unique opportunity to secure a truly unique motor vehicle. What’s more, this car is presented in the official launch colour scheme of Stirling Green and Lime Green.
Features include: Selectable Sport mode, keyless entry, carbon-fibre structure, carbon tailgate, gloss carbon aero pack, crystal key, climate control air-conditioning, sports exhaust, paddle shifters, centre lock magnesium wheels, fixed back race seats.