What is it?
The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is another bite of the cherry for some, and another hefty jab thrown in the direction of Porsche by a car maker with designs on the track day niche monopolised by the 911 GT3.
It’s a car specifically intended for anyone who admired the British sports car maker’s ambition in creating its first road-legal track special last year – the incredible Vantage GT12 – but who baulked at that car’s quarter of a million-pound price. Or those who, for one reason or another, dithered and dallied for just long enough to miss out on Gaydon’s 100-unit limited production run.
Low-volume special editions are going to be an increasingly important part of Aston’s business model, and if it’s to be a successful part the company needs to be smart enough to satisfy appetites like the one the GT12 left in its wake. And so here it goes: this is track-ready Vantage, take two.
While the GT12 took Aston’s 12-cylinder Vantage GT3 customer racing car as its inspiration, the GT8 flows forth from the slipstream of the Vantage GTE. That means the GT8’s styling is quite different from the GT12’s, although no less determinedly aerodynamic. Large carbonfibre body addenda add downforce at the front (splitter) and rear (wing spoiler and diffuser) without adding mass. The GT8’s extended sills, bumpers, extra-wide wings and roof are also carbonfibre.