So how, exactly, has Aston developed and launched what we’d all assume might be a Aston Martin distantly subservient model to the Vantage GT12 and then managed to convince those 150 customers that they’re getting a better sports car with the GT8?
Not with lies or hoodoo, it seems, but details – and plenty of ’em.
Engineered with weight saving even more squarely in mind than it was with its predecessor, the GT8 starts with a much lighter engine than the GT12: the Vantage’s long-serving all-aluminium 4.7-litre atmospheric V8, massaged to produce 440bhp at 7300rpm (up from 430bhp in the current V8 Vantage S and the Vantage N430), breathing through a new induction tract and outputting through a titanium exhaust with its secondary catalysts removed.
It’s loud, by the way. We’ll come to that.
That engine doesn’t just trim the GT8’s kerb weight relative to the GT12 but also improves its weight distribution, which we confirmed on MIRA’s weighbridge as 51% front and 49% rear – impressive.
As ever in a Vantage, that inter-axle spread of mass is also as it is thanks to a rear-mounted transaxle gearbox. In the GT12, that gearbox was an automated manual only. Here, you can have a six-speed manual if you prefer, as fitted to our test car. Even better.