Basically a race car you can legally drive on public roads, the Vantage GT8 can be best described as a V8 Vantage S that went to the gym where it lost some fat and replaced it with muscle. It’s estimated to lose as much as 176 pounds (80 kilograms) compared to the V8 Vantage S which tips the scales at 3,549 kg (1,610 kg).

As for power, the 4.7-liter V8 engine will likely be massaged to deliver an additional 15-20 hp over the 430 horsepower (321 kilowatts) of the aforementioned V8 Vantage S. Aston Martin will give buyers the option to connect the upgraded engine to a seven-speed manual transmission or the SSII automated manual.

Look for the same array of upgrades that were implemented by Aston Martin’s engineers in the Vantage GT12. The aerodynamic package being prepared is in many ways similar to the G12, but the front splitter and rear diffuser are not as prominent as on the V12 version. In addition, the rear wing appears to be a tad smaller, while the front fender’s air outlets and the rear brake cooling brake ducts are missing.

With more power, less weight, and better aerodynamics, expect the meaner iteration of the V8 Vantage S to be considerably quicker than the regular model which sprints to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.8 seconds.

Set to be unveiled in the weeks to come, the track-oriented Aston Martin Vantage GT8 will allegedly be limited to only 150 cars. 40 of them are destined to hit the U.K. market where the hardcore Vantage will kick off at approximately £200,000, according to sources close to Gaydon.

Gallery: 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 spy photo

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