Aston Martin is ready to unleash its latest track-oriented beast, the Vantage GT8 limited-run special edition.

It was only a couple of days ago when our spies caught on camera a prototype of the Vantage GT8, and now Aston Martin is ready for the official introduction. Basically, the folks from Gaydon have done to the V8 Vantage S the same thing they did last year to the V12 Vantage: remove weight, add power, improve aero.

Let’s start with weight. The engineers have managed to shave off as much as 220 pounds (100 kilograms) over the V8 Vantage S which weighs 3,549 lbs (1,610 kg). This was possible by installing a standard lithium-ion battery and some optional equipment, such as a polycarbonate rear screen and side windows, carbon roof, titanium exhaust, and magnesium 19-inch wheels. Carbon fiber sports seats with manual adjustment are standard and further cut weight, just like the carbon door panels.

Despite the focus on diet, the lightest road-going Vantage ever still packs a series of modern amenities like a 160-watt sound system, air conditioning, and the company’s latest AMi III infotainment system.

As for power, the 4.7-liter V8 engine has been massaged to deliver an extra 10 horsepower (7 kilowatts) for a grand total of 446 hp (328 kW), while torque has remained the same at 361 pound-feet (490 newton meters). Buyers will be able to connect the engine to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional Sportshift II seven-speed automated manual gearbox.

In terms of performance, the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 runs the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint in an estimated 4.4 seconds (down by 0.2s) and tops out at 190 mph like the V8 Vantage S.

The body has also gone through a series of changes to boost aerodynamics, and now features extended front corner splitters and a big rear wing. The lower valances and sills come with an exposed gloss carbon fiber look and there’s more carbon on the side mirror caps and front grille. Even the wings badges are machined from carbon fiber and buyers get to pick from four colors for the brake calipers (black, orange, red, yellow).

Only 150 units will ever be made and deliveries are slated to kick off in the fourth quarter of the year. Aston Martin is asking £165,000 for the Vantage GT8 in U.K. and at the same time mentions the special edition won’t make it to North America.

Source: Aston Martin

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