The new V8 Vantage N420 is the successor to the special edition N400 model of 2007, itself inspired by motorsport and the legendary Nurburgring circuit. The new N420 features the standard 4.7-liter V-8 engine, complete with 420 horsepower and 180 mph top speed capability, and is available as a Coupe or Roadster, and with a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission.
As mentioned, the V8 Vantage N420 draws inspiration from the automaker's experiences at the Nurburgring, namely the 24-hour endurance race that takes place in May every year. As the story goes, in the 2006 running of the event, 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 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 specialized racing cars.
The latest V8 Vantage N420 features wider side sills, a carbon fiber splitter, custom side strakes and a new diffuser, as well as 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels finished in glossy black. Special tailpipe finishers with a graphite look complete the design. Aston Martin’s optional Sports Pack is also fitted, complete with revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling, as well as a new sports exhaust system.
Inside the car comes with an Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara trim, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fiber seats. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.
Production of the new V8 Vantage N420 begins this month. No word yet on any U.S. release dates.