This week has been all about McLaren's ultimate series car, this time for a change we are going to have a look at another British manufacture, I like to call them the Bugatti of the Supercar world, yep you'll guess it right, I am talking about Aston Martin and the car in the spotlight is the Aston Martin Vantage GT8, one of the best cars to ever roll out of Aston Martin. So, what is all this hype going all around the internet regarding the GT8, why does it enjoys such a huge fan base around the world, there is seldom any person who is a car enthusiast and doesn't like the Vantage GT8. Firstly, let's start with the cost, the GT8, when launched had a base price of 165k pounds, that's stupidly expensive, this car is 90k pounds expensive than the standard Vantage S and only has 10Horsepower more, well on paper there isn't much of a difference. But, when you come in face to face meeting with this car, you start to realize why it costs so much. Starting from the exterior bits, it has carbon fiber aerodynamic parts, starting from the front splitter. That large rear wing, door sills. The interior has been toned down to the bare minimum. It has the same 4.7-liter V8 engine from the Vantage S, here it makes a total of 444 Horsepower, 10 more than the standard car. Also, Aston Martin has somehow managed to shave off a total of 80kgs from the engine, and now coming to the engine sound it roars like the Angriest Lion of the forest. This beast redlines to 7,500 Rpm in any gear. Above 7,000 the GT8 goes like Hell! (There is a Pun right there ;). The steering response is as close to perfection as it can get, you won't find that steering feels on any road-going supercar today. The Best compliment I would like to give about this car is that it's surprisingly Old school, it feels like you are driving a supercar from the '90s just with some added luxury. The GT8 comes with an option of choosing a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7 speed automated manual (paddle shifters). You couldn't go wrong with either of them but if I was lucky enough I would take the manual. The GT8 isn't among the fastest road-going cars, it isn't in the 911 category or anything like that, but it's still plenty quick. It accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 190mph, which is impressive considering the massive wing at the rear of the Car. Only 150 of these masterpieces were ever made and they all got sold within a very short period and it's no surprise, it always happens with Aston Martin's special edition cars. It seems like Aston Martin is following the footsteps of Ferrari as this idea of creation of special track-focused cars over the ongoing road cars was implemented by Ferrari first and they were quite successful in it, but it doesn't matter as long as the Cars are good.
In the end, I would say that the manufacturing of these kinds of cars should be encouraged, it gives us all a glimpse of what the manufacturer is capable of, by further improving their car. The Nostalgic feeling which you get while driving the GT8 is unparalleled and I can't thank Aston Martin enough for creating yet another beauty over which Car Guys Can drool over all day long.
That's it for this time guys, I would love to hear your thoughts on the GT8.