Aston Martin seems to want take the “track car for the road” experience a little further with the Vantage, according to AutoCar. The idea is to have a model similar to the Aston Martin Vantage G12 from last year, a harder-edged version of the V12 Vantage for the track rats.
Though the new one is pegged to have the “GT8” moniker, implying this rumored version could come with a V8 instead of a 12-cylinder. While this could be good for handling because of a lighter lump up front, it can also include a deficit in power. Though forced-induction could likely fix this.
The supposed GT8 Aston is said to be road-legal and capable, though we’re not exactly sure it will be good for the road, since we doubt you’ll have a spine after a trip to the shops. Chances are you probably wouldn’t be able to even make it back, since the GT8 should have a lower, stiffer suspension, less creature comforts, seats meant for support rather than comfort, and a punishing ride, all for the sake of a greater bias towards the use on the track–or a really smooth road.
Full specifics have yet to be revealed, but word is only 150 units of the GT8 will be made, while an additional 50 of the previous car’s GT12 varian will be commissioned.
– By: Chris Chin