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by Sam Rawlings

The upcoming 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 has been spotted running laps of the Nurburgring, with the manufacturer making no effort to mask the performance car ahead of its expected unveiling later this month.

The new track-ready car is based on the V8 Vantage, but in terms of looks and performance, it can be expected that the GT8 will share very little with its road-focussed ‘little’ brother.

Just as Aston Martin shaved precious kilograms in the GT12 by eliminating or replacing various components of the V12 Vantage S with lightweight alternatives, it’s likely that the GT8 has gone through a similar process.

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The GT8’s distinctive aero package appears to be very similar to the one seen on the V12-powered GT12, however with a slightly simplified rear diffuser.

There is no official word on what will power the GT8, although it can be expected that a performance-version of the V8 Vantage’s 4.7-litre naturally-aspirated engine will likely feature. In standard tune, the V8 produces 313kW of power and 470Nm of torque.

Reports claim that 0-100km/h could be taken care of in 4.5 seconds, making it 0.3 quicker than the V8 Vantage S.

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In terms of transmission offerings, reports suggest the current sequential manual gearbox will remain an option, as well as a six- or seven-speed manual gearbox.

Production of the GT8 is said to be limited to 150 units, with many potential buyers already being targeted. Pricing is likely to sit at around 170,000 pounds ($315,620).

The Vantage GT8 will allegedly make its debut later this month.

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