Aston Martin has just revealed its updated V8 Vantage N420 sports car, the successor to the special edition N400. Inspired by the N24 racer and celebrating Aston’s racing heritage, this is in many ways the British brand’s version of the Porsche GT3.
Weighing roughly 60 lbs less than the standard V8 Vantage, the new N420 model gets Aston’s larger and more powerful 4.7-liter V8 engine (as opposed to the old 400-hp, 4.3-liter unit in the N400).
Other upgrades include some design changes, including a new carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts and a new rear diffuser, as well as black mesh grilles and 10-spoke black and silver wheels. An updated exhaust is included, as is the optional Sports Pack with stiffer springs, new shocks and thicker roll bars.
Inside, the N420 gets other upgrades like the Iridium interior package with graphite gauges, as well as a leather or Alcantara steering wheel and carbon fiber seats with “Race Track” stitching.
And while common folk might not know the difference between the N420 and a standard Vantage, Aston Martin will help buyers make a statement by offering the new sports car in three wild new colors inspired by its racing program: Rose yellow, Kermit green and Elwood blue.
So far no pricing for the U.S. has been announce, but it will retail for £96,995 in the U.K, with delivers set for August.
GALLERY: Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420
Official release after the jump:
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.