At last year's New York International Auto Show, Aston Martin unveiled a
special edition V8 Vantage, underlining the company's ability to create cars
that sit apart from the mainstream. It is essentially a
V8 Vantage N430 for the US market.
The British marque has now released a set of stunning photos of this car in Roadster trim, which can be viewed above.
Making the Aston Martin brand more accessible to sports car enthusiasts than ever before, the bold 2015 Vantage GT combines race-honed dynamics and looks with a new sub-$100,000 price entry point.
Honed on the track to excel on the road, Vantage GT - available in Coupe or Roadster form - delivers a power hike to 430 hp at 7,300 rpm. This means a top speed of 190 mph and a reduced 0-60 mph 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 3,500 rpm to allow greater air flow into the engine which in turn helps increase power and optimize 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 recognize 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 SportshiftII automated manual transmission with short final-drive ratio for those seeking to capture the motorsport thrill.
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 was 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 personalized further with contrasting graphics adorning grille lipstick, mirror caps, A-pillar/cant rail (Coupe only) and rear diffuser blade.
New interior features and materials include machined carbon sill plaques, black magnesium paddle-shifts or carbon fiber gearshift surround; satin chrome rotaries; a leather (or Alcantara) steering wheel with contrasting on-center stitch feature; seat and door inserts in technical PlissèAlcantara and unique seat trim patterns. Occupants are cossetted by distinctive Aston Martin sports seats as first seen on the V12 Vantage S.
Deliveries of the new Vantage GT have began in third quarter of 2014.