2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT premieres at 2014 New York Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 19, 2014

Aston Martin has unveiled its all-new V8 Vantage GT at the New York Auto Show. It is powered by a front mid-mounted, 4.7-liter quad overhead cam V8 engine providing 430bhp of output at 7,300rpm, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 190mph.

The heighten power and torque are thanks to a system in which the air intake system valve opens at engine speeds above 3,500rpm to enable greater air flow into the engine, thereby increasing power and optimizing performance feel. The increase power and torque were also thanks to the aggressive spark method that employs sophisticated electronics to ignite the fuel in at precisely the right time to enable the engine to run at its most powerful.

The method also recognizes higher octane fuel and extracts the optimum performance from the increased rating. The all-alloy dry-sump engine is mated to a sporty six-speed manual gearbox as standard or to a close-ratio seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission as an option. It is complemented by a sports exhaust, GT-race proven aerodynamics, and a competition-derived braking system.

It is supported by a thoroughly calibrated sports suspension tune and quick-ratio steering rack. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT draws direct inspiration from the Vantage GT4 race car that will be competing across North America during the 2014 season. It features a dark-themed exterior package that includes graphite painted diamond-turned alloy wheels alongside black headlamp bezels, side window surrounds and textured tailpipe finishers.

It also features clear rear lamps with black surrounds. A Vantage GT customer could also avail of a series of attention-grabbing liveries with optional graphics packs. Available are exterior themes of Alloro Green, Jet Black, Skyfall Silver, Mariana Blue and Speedway White – all of which can be customized further with contrasting graphics adorning grille lipstick, mirror caps, A-pillar/cant rail and rear diffuser blade.

The Vantage GT boasts of new interior features like machined carbon sill plaques, black magnesium paddle-shifts or carbon fiber gearshift surround. It also features satin chrome rotaries, a leather or Alcantara steering wheel with contrasting on-center stitch feature.

Likewise, the vehicle features seat and door inserts in technical Plissè Alcantara and distinct seat trim patterns. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT is available in coupe or roadster form and will have a starting price of $99,900 RRP. First deliveries to customers in North America will commence in the third quarter. [source: Aston Martin]

Press Release

V8 Vantage GT: race breeding, sports styling and more accessible than ever

Pure, unadulterated fun is what lies at the heart of the new V8 Vantage GT. Honed on the track to excel on the road, Vantage GT – available in Coupe or Roadster form – delivers a power hike to 430bhp at 7,300rpm. This means a top speed of 190mph and a reduced 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds. 

The increased power and torque are achieved through a valved air intake system and an aggressive spark strategy. The air intake system valve opens at engine speeds above 3,500rpm to allow greater air flow into the engine which in turn helps increase power and optimise performance feel. Meanwhile the aggressive spark method uses sophisticated electronics to ignite the fuel in the engine at precisely the right time allowing the engine to run at its most powerful. It can also recognise higher octane fuel and extract the optimum performance from the increased rating.

Designed with the purist in mind, that power feeds the rear wheels through a sporty six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment; with the option of a close-ratio seven-speed Sportshift™ II automated manual transmission with short final-drive ratio for those seeking to capture the motorsport thrill. 

The new Vantage GT brings together the best of the V8 Vantage’s performance and dynamics to deliver race-winning responses. A front mid-mounted, 4.7-litre, all-alloy, quad overhead cam, dry-sumped V8 engine is complemented by a rousing sports exhaust, aerodynamics honed through numerous wins in GT racing and a competition-derived braking system. 

The compact proportions and inherent balance of the Vantage design are supported by a carefully calibrated sports suspension tune and quick-ratio steering rack that rewards the true enthusiast driver on road, and on track.

Styled to evoke thoughts of the track, Vantage GT celebrates Aston Martin’s sporting heritage and motorsport success, drawing direct inspiration from the Vantage GT4 race car which will be seen in competition across North America during the 2014 season.

A purposeful package of dark-themed exterior details include graphite painted diamond-turned alloy wheels alongside black headlamp bezels, side window surrounds and textured tailpipe finishers. Clear rear lamps with black surrounds convey the appropriate air of purpose and excitement. 

This neatly offsets a series of eye-catching liveries with optional graphics packs available on Vantage GT. Offering a nod to Aston Martin’s race heritage including the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and hugely successful DB2/4 of the 1950s, the exterior themes of Alloro Green, Jet Black, Skyfall Silver, Mariana Blue and Speedway White can be personalised further with contrasting graphics adorning grille lipstick, mirror caps, A-pillar/cant rail (Coupe only) and rear diffuser blade. 

With a range of new technical and tactile materials plus new finishes inside, as out, Vantage GT's sporting associations are unmistakable. New interior features and materials include machined carbon sill plaques, black magnesium paddle-shifts or carbon fibre gearshift surround; satin chrome rotaries; a leather (or Alcantara) steering wheel with contrasting on-centre stitch feature; seat and door inserts in technical Plissè Alcantara and unique seat trim patterns. Occupants are cossetted by distinctive Aston Martin sports seats as first seen on the V12 Vantage S.

Priced from $99,900 RRP, first deliveries of the new Vantage GT will begin in quarter three to North American customers.

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