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Spied! Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Caught Lapping the Nurburgring

Extreme V8 Vantage variant hits 'Ring wearing minimal camo

Extreme V8 Vantage variant hits 'Ring wearing minimal camo

Last week we heard that Aston Martin had plans to build a race-focused Vantage to target the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and now, we’ve caught the Vantage GT8 testing on the Nrburgring wearing hardly any camouflage.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 features the same lightweight, carbon fiber-intensive construction as the Vantage GT12, and while it looks to have the same aero package, a closer inspection proves otherwise. The front spoiler offers a different shape, while the rear brake cooling ducts seen on the GT12 are noticeably lacking from the GT8. The rear wing is slightly smaller, while the diffuser has a different look than the one on the GT12.

Utilizing carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum, the new Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is said to be the lightest Vantage model ever built. These weight savings should help with its performance figures, but performance numbers on the upcoming model have yet to be announced.

This road-legal race car will offer more power and weight savings over the standard Vantage V8, which will give the model better handing and performance. We’ve heard Aston Martin will limit production of the Vantage GT8 to just 150 units, and will go for roughly $242,500 USD when it goes on sale. For the 2017 model year, Aston has consolidated the V8 Vantage range to just one model, the V8 Vantage GTS.

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