Last year, Aston Martin was on a mission in turning the Vantage into a track-focused machine that is legal on the streets at the same time. They came up with the Vantage GT12 that features a 600PS 6.0-liter V12, a long list of upgraded parts and only tipping the scales at 1,565kg. But if you think that Aston Martin is done fiddling with the Vantage, that is where you are wrong.
It seems that the British manufacturer will be using the same recipe they used for the GT12 and reportedly will roll off a race-focused version of the V8 Vantage. This completely redesigned Vantage will be officially unveiled later this week along with the full details of the car. Aston Martin has already sent invitations to potential buyers with an earl sketch attached which provides very little clue of how the car will look like.
The GT8 will possibly be eyeing the Porsche 991 GT3 RS as its main rival, and we would expect them to use a lot of materials like carbon fiber, aluminium and titanium to keep the weight down. Aside from keeping the cabin with only the essentials, the 4.7-liter engine fitted to all V8 Vantages are expected to receive a power bump in this version.
Customers will have the option to choose between the seven-speed automatic and the SSII automatic. Rumours say that production will be limited to around 150 units and starting price will be set at USD 241,800 (RM 947,602).