Aston Martin confirmed today the debut of two new special edition models at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The first is a motorsport-inspired version of the Vantage, called Vantage GT, and the second a new DB9 Carbon Edition fitted with special exterior and interior appointments.
The Aston Martin Vantage GT is priced from a very reasonable – for an Aston at least – $99,900, and offers 430 horsepower, 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph. Compared to the standard V8 Vantage, this motorsport version features a valved air intake and an aggressive ignition system, hence the extra oomph.
The standard transmission is a sporty six-speed manual, but you can opt for a close-ratio seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission as well. Vatnage GT also benefits from sport-tuned suspension and quick-ratio steering rack. In many ways then, this car is a road-going version of the Vantage GT4 race car.
Visually, Aston Marti Vantage GT is distinguished by the virtue of its dark color scheme, graphite painted diamond-turned alloy wheels alongside black headlamp bezels, side window surrounds and textured tailpipe finishers, as well clear taillights. There are also optional graphics packs available for the car, paying homage to Aston’s motorsport heritage.
The 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 PlissèAlcantara and unique seat trim patterns.
With specs like this the 100 grand asking price sounds like a bargain. But then the Vantage is getting on a bit and is starting to look its age. Aston Martin Vantage GT comes in both coupe and roadster forms.