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by George Skentzos

Aston Martin has unveiled the new special edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 inspired by the marquee’s experience at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Positioned as the successor to the special edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400 from 2007, the new version is available as either a Coupe or Roadster and features a raft of performance enhancements over the standard V8 Vantage.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 uses the standard 4.7-litre V8 engine developing 313kW, matched to either a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission.

It features Sports Pack suspension as standard equipment along with a new sports exhaust system for a deeper bark, with the whole package weighing 27kg less than the standard car thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre.

The Sports Pack – which is usually an optional extra – adds revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling.

The exterior finish is available in a new range of optional Aston Martin ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes which pair bold body colours with contrasting tones for the grille surround and roof vanes.

These paint schemes have been selected to celebrate all of the company’s successful N24 Vantage liveries, including ‘Rose’ yellow, ‘Kermit’ green and ‘Elwood’ blue along with traditional Aston Martin Racing green.

The outside also features wider sills with a carbon fibre splitter, side strakes and diffuser, ten-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers.

Inside, the special edition version adds 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.

Production of the V8 Vantage N420 begins this month, with Australian availability yet to be confirmed.




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