Aston Martin has unveiled a new motorsport-inspired special edition; the V8 Vantage N420, which brings a new dimension of sporting prowess and dynamic ability to the V8 Vantage range.
Successor to the special edition V8 Vantage N400 of 2007, the Vantage N420 is based on the standard 4.7-liter, 420bhp, 180mph V8 Vantage and is available as a Coupe or Roadster, with a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission.
The Vantage N420 draws inspiration from the company's experience at the Nurburgring 24-hour race. In 2006, Aston Martin entered a near-standard, road-registered V8 Vantage. Driven by a team of employees, including Aston Martin's CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V8 Vantage - named 'Rose' by the team - finished 4th in class and 24th overall from a field of more than 200 specialized racing cars.
Since then, Aston Martin has returned every year to compete in this grueling endurance race, scoring a string of class victories and podiums with road-registered V8 and V12 Vantages, and most recently with the new four-door Rapide.
Not only has racing success spawned a burgeoning V8 Vantage GT4 customer program, but lessons learned at the Nurburgring have led to aerodynamic and performance developments being fed back into Aston Martin's road cars. A generous standard specification and some unique options ensure the special edition Vantage N420 is both exclusive and distinctive, while also offering a 60 lb weight saving - achieved through the application of carbon fiber - over the standard V8 Vantage.
On the outside, wider sills combine with a carbon splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond-turned wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and 'Graphitic' tailpipe finishers complete the look.
Inside, the Vantage N420 offers an Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, a leather or Alcantara steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon seats, complete with 'Race Track' stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.
Cementing the Vantage N420's credentials as a special edition, it is fitted with the normally optional Sports Pack. This combines revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Finally, a new sports exhaust system delivers a suitably rousing soundtrack.
A further distinctive feature is the availability of a new range of optional Aston Martin 'Race Collection' paint schemes. Pairing bold body colors with contrasting hues for the cant rails and radiator grille surround, they celebrate the marque's racing heritage. All of the company's successful N24 Vantage racers are celebrated, with 'Rose' yellow, 'Kermit' green and 'Elwood' blue, all featuring in the collection along with traditional Aston Martin Racing green. The white and black car shown in the accompanying images wears the equally striking 'Asia Cup' livery.
Production of the V8 Vantage N420 begins this month, with deliveries commencing in August.