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Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 special edition introduced

 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 special edition introduced
Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 06.07.2010

A new special edition Aston Martin is now available for order from the UK automaker.  The Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 has a trimmed weight, and features a new sports exhaust system.

The weight reduction comes from the use of carbon fiber at the diffuser, side strakes, splitter, and seats.  In total, 27 kilograms was shaved off the stock 1,630-kg V8 Vantage Coupe.

Other features include wide side sills, black mesh vents, dark tailpipes, and 10-spoke glossy black alloy wheels.  The interior is fitted with an Iridium package, with contrast-stiched upholstery, a choice between an Alcantara or leather wheel, and graphite instrumentation.

The name of the car is taken from the 420-horsepower (313 kW / 426 PS) 4.7-liter engine that kicks out up to 470 Nm.  Official acceleration details were not revealed, but look for the 0-60 mph time to be around 4.5 seconds.

Workers will begin assembly of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 later this month.  First deliveries of the £96,995 car should start in August.

ASTON MARTIN INTRODUCES V8 VANTAGE N420

  • New Special Edition, motorsport-inspired V8 Vantage
  • Standard equipment includes Sports Pack suspension and new sports exhaust system
  • 27kg weight saving over standard car
  • New distinctive Aston Martin ‘Race Collection' paint schemes available as an option

6 July 2010, Gaydon, Warwickshire: Aston Martin has unveiled a new motorsport-inspired special edition; the V8 Vantage N420 which brings a new dimension of sporting prowess and dynamic ability to the V8 Vantage range.

Successor to the special edition V8 Vantage N400 of 2007, the Vantage N420 is based upon the standard 4.7-litre, 420bhp, 180mph V8 Vantage and is available as a Coupe or Roadster, and with a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission.

The Vantage N420 draws inspiration from the company's experiences at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. In the 2006 running of the annual Nürburgring endurance classic amongst a field of mostly motorsport homologated cars, Aston Martin entered a near-standard, road-registered V8 Vantage. Driven by a team of employees, including Aston Martin's CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V8 Vantage - named ‘Rose' by the team - finished 4th in class and 24th overall from a field of more than 200 specialised racing cars.

Since then Aston Martin has returned every year to compete in this gruelling endurance race, scoring a string of class victories and podiums with road-registered V8 and V12 Vantages and most recently the new four-door Rapide. Not only has this racing success spawned a burgeoning V8 Vantage GT4 customer programme run by Aston Martin Racing, but lessons learned in racing at the Nürburgring has led to aerodynamic and other performance developments being fed back into Aston Martin's road cars.

A generous standard specification and some unique options ensure the special edition Vantage N420 is both exclusive and distinctive, while also offering a 27kg weight saving - achieved through the application of carbon fibre - over the standard V8 Vantage.

On the outside, wider sills combine perfectly with a carbon fibre splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ‘Graphitic' tailpipe finishers complete the co-ordinated look.

Inside the Vantage N420 offers 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.

Cementing the Vantage N420's credentials as a special edition V8 Vantage tailored for the most discerning and enthusiastic drivers, it is fitted with the normally optional Sports Pack. This package combines revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling, while retaining the V8 Vantage's renowned poise, balance and long distance ability. Finally, a new sports exhaust system delivers a suitably rousing soundtrack.

A further distinctive feature is the availability of a new range of optional Aston Martin ‘Race Collection' paint schemes. Pairing bold body colours with contrasting hues for the cant rails and radiator grille surround, they celebrate the marque's racing heritage. All of the company's successful N24 Vantage racers are celebrated, with ‘Rose' yellow, ‘Kermit' green and ‘Elwood' blue all featuring in the collection along with traditional Aston Martin Racing green. The white and black car shown in the accompanying images wears the equally striking ‘Asia Cup' livery.

Production of the V8 Vantage N420 begins this month, with deliveries commencing in August and prices starting from £96,995.

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Comments (8)

 M! M!
aston martin has its limitations as a small manufacturer. their product line is now DBS, DB9, Vantage, (+ their volantes), Rapide, and Cygnet. their engines and performance range is tightly packed. unless they move their DBS up a notch, they cannot move their V8's up too high into the V12s territory.
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July 7, 2010 3:44 am
 accousticjama accousticjama
I fail to see what is so impressive about an overweight, overpriced, underpowered car with a Jaguar engine, Volvo sat nav & Ford switch gear. NOTHING can compete with a 911.
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July 6, 2010 6:30 pm
 McNamara68 McNamara68
need more power to go along with the weight saving. AM engines are def. sub-par in this segment.
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July 6, 2010 4:56 pm
 Soorena Soorena
27 KG , Pretty impressive huh , others make their cars lighter and look what Aston did , 60lbs ?!?! LOL
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July 6, 2010 1:21 pm
 Francois Francois
I would rather buy more expensive but more exciting V12 Vantage model. Sadly Aston is becoming to belive and actually becomes a car manufacturer which can be pretty sure that no matter what they come up with, people will buy it, even overpriced, not really improved version of their model just because they give it some different name. Another example is recent DBS Ulrich Bez Limited Edition. With all respect to Mr. Bez and his achievements. What so special about his relationship with Aston is to be commemorate like the legendary Valentino Balboni by Lamborghini. Luca di Montezemolo did a lot of for Ferrari brand to be where it now is and there is no such idea like Ferrari Montezemolo Edition.
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July 6, 2010 1:02 pm