Inspired by the racing version of the V8 Vantage, Aston Martin presents the new V8 Vantage N420 Special Edition. This is a tarted up version of the standard car which has most of the features of the racing model, but it also retains its luxury stuff, so it’s easier to live it! This Vantage can be had as both coupe and roadster, and it’s 27 kg lighter than normal models.
For the sake of a distinctive look, the N420 comes with some new carbon fiber parts including the front splitter, wider sills, side strakes, rear diffuser, black mesh vents and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers, as well as newly designed 10-spoke alloy wheels. There’s also a new range of optional Aston Martin ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes, paying homage the marque’s racing heritage.
There are different racing schemes for you to choose from including ‘Rose’ yellow, ‘Kermit’ green and ‘Elwood’ blue, but this particular black and white in these images is the ‘Asia Cup’ livery. And it must be the best of the lot, because they’ve featured it in press pictures!
The cabin of the N420 special edition is exclusive as well. You get an Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fibre seats, complete with ‘Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.
The power comes from the same 4.7-litre, 420bhp V8 as in the standard car which can be mated to either a a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission to be as fast as 180mph. But because it’s a motorsport-inspired model, it comes as standard with Sports Pack including revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling, and a new sports exhaust system with a deeper roar.
That to be honest means the V8 N420 is a bit less comfortable than the normal Vantage, but it’s a price worth paying in order to get sharper, sportier handling and an exclusive look. Pricing for this special model starts from £96,995.