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2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8: Lighter but Lack of Agressiveness

The 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is the racing version of V8 Vantage that was unveiled in the mid of 2016 ago. This car also showed the prototype version a few days after the unveiling by its automaker, Aston Martin. Based on the rumor, the GT8 will follow the trail of GT12, which is the limited-edition of V12 Vintage. As usual, it will have many features that make the car looks aesthetic and stylish. Moreover, the track-ready version of V8 Vantage has similar powertrain under its hood. Let’s see how many things you should know about this sports car.

Exterior

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

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Talking about the exterior of 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8, we cannot see many differences especially with the prototype version and G12. They are much more identical by the way. It can be seen first on the front bumper. Both GT12 and GT8 have similar front bumper now.  Thanks to the wider and lower grille plus two-piece splitter that makes it slightly different. Those similarities forced us to look for the differences more thoroughly. As a result, we found them at the sides. Unlike GT12, the GT8 has less aggressive style. In addition, there is no massive vent as we can see at GT12’s sides.

Interior

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 interior

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 interior

The luxuries of Vantage GTE can be felt inside the 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8. You can see precious dashboard, steering and even seats that have been wrapped in the most precious leather, Alcantara. Meanwhile, the center stack offers more beauty with carbon-fibers and leather on the edge. White stitching improves the sophisticated feeling, and it is presented very well by the seats and center console. Each headrest has “GT8” lettering to add more uniqueness on the interior segment. Fabric latches with carbon fibres replace the old door panels perfectly. Although there are many new things that improve the luxury of GT8, Aston Martin doesn’t forget to keep some usable things that we found on the previous model like AC system, AMI infotainment system and many more.

Powertrain

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 powertrain

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 powertrain

The naturally aspirated V8 engine now comes to the all model of 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8. It is a 4.7 L V8 engine that produces around 440 horsepower. This is a tweaked version of previous powertrain that only produces 430 horsepower. Meanwhile, the new powertrain also provides 361 pound-feet of torque, which remains the same with the previous one. The extra ten ponies cannot be separated with the weight loss more than 220 lbs and aerodynamic systems on the exterior. As a result, it could sprint for 4.3 seconds on the track, or 0.3 second faster than V8 Vantage S. the transmissions are offered with two options. The first one is six-speed manual, while the second one is seven-speed Sportshift II complete with paddle shifters.

Price

The price of 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 doesn’t take a long to be announced. The starting MSRP starts at £165,000 or $233,900. Of course, it is cheaper than the GT12 model around $120,530. However, the car availability is limited for 150 units only, which are also fifty units larger than GT12. The shipping has already been starting since 2016.

 

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