AM is about to add power, remove weight from the V8 Vantage S.

About a year ago, Aston Martin introduced a meaner iteration of the V12 Vantage called “GT3.” Porsche had a problem with that suffix and as a consequence the Gaydon-based marque had to change the car’s name to Vantage GT12. Now, it seems the company is about to apply the same recipe on the V8 Vantage and the special edition will be unsurprisingly called “Vantage GT8” as a connection to the number of cylinders.

Autocar has managed to obtain an invitation sent by Aston Martin to potential buyers showing the car’s side profile. Details about the Vantage GT8 are scarce at the moment, but we expect a significant weight loss compared to the V8 Vantage S which tips the scales at 3,549 pounds (1,610 kilograms). The V12-powered special edition lost a full 220 pounds (100 kilograms) compared to the regular model, but it’s unclear at this point whether the diet will be as substantial on the V8 variant.

As far as output is concerned, the 4.7-liter V8 delivers 430 horsepower (321 kilowatts) in the regular Vantage S, so expect the Vantage GT8 to pack around 450 hp (335 kilowatts). The 5.9-liter V12 of the V12 Vantage was upgraded from the series 565 hp (421 kW) to 591 hp (441 kW) for the GT12, so it’s not far-fetched to assume the GT8 will get an extra 20 hp over the regular V8 Vantage S.

Regardless of its output, the upgraded V8 will reportedly be linked as standard to a seven-speed manual transmission and an optional SSII automatic gearbox. In terms of performance, expect the Vantage GT8 to run the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint in 4.5 seconds which would make it 0.3s quicker than the Vantage S.

While the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 was capped at 100 units, the GT8 is believed to be produced in 150 examples at approximately £170,000 ($241,910 / €212,888) a pop. An official reveal is expected to occur in the near future taking into account the report states early adopters will get to see the car in the following weeks.

Source: Autocar

Gallery: Aston Martin Vantage GT8 teaser