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Chasing Aston Martin's Vantage GT8 Makes a British B Road Feel Like a Track

From deep within the treasure chest of go-fast machines that can't be acquired by American customers, we bring you the Aston Martin Vantage GT8. In fact, we're here to talk about an episode that saw a supercar spotter following Gaydon's racing-inspired machine on the road.
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As we mentioned in the title, chasing a GT8 makes the infamous British B Roads feel even more exciting and it's almost as if the whole experience turns into a track day moment.

Since Aston Martin built this car to preach its Le Mans philosophy to the world, such a conclusion  only seems normal.

Based on the Vantage V8, the limited edition (the Brits are only building 150 units) takes the automaker's 4.7-liter V8 to 446 hp. However, the magic lies in the bodywork, where a carbon fiber diet has been introduced. Even so, the clientele can choose to go for the ultimate weight-saving package, which mixes a carbon fiber roof with polycarbonate side and rear windows.

Truth be told, this is the lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever brought to life - it all seems like a fitting label given the fact that this road car sought inspiration in the 2016 V8 Vantage GTE racecar.

Despite the limited production status of the beast, Aston Martin allows customers to choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed Sportshift II paddle-shift transmission.

Those who can't live without certain creature comforts shouldn't fret, though - the Vantage GT8 does pack AC, as well as a sound system, even though we expect the latter to be rather useless (more on that below).

Aston's $233,880 track special has tons of fans and we expect some of them to be quite thirsty for some action. This is why we've added a second video below, one that offers us a generous sample of the GT8's memorable soundtrack.

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