First up is the 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT, which overseas is called the V8 Vantage N430. Perhaps Aston Martin thought its U.S. customers wouldn’t understand the significance of the “N” in the name used for the rest of the world; Aston’s N-badged cars commemorate the marque’s performance in various races held over the years at Germany’s Nürburgring.
Powering the Vantage GT is a 430-horsepower version of the V8 Vantage’s 4.7-liter V-8, which can either be hooked up with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automated manual with paddle shifters. Owners can expect a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph.
For the exterior, Vantage GT buyers can choose from a series of eye-catching liveries with optional graphics packs. Inspired by classic Aston racing cars of the past, the liveries feature two-tone paint jobs and special details for the grille, mirror caps and rear diffuser.
Inside, buyers will find a range of new material choices. These include machined carbon sill plaques, black magnesium paddle-shifters for the auto, a carbon fiber gearshift surrounds for the manual, satin chrome rotaries, and leather and Alcantara trim. The seats, meanwhile, are lifted out of the range-topping V12 Vantage S.
Pricing for the 2015 Vantage GT starts at $99,900, and both a coupe and Volante convertible are available.
2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon BlackEnlarge Photo
Output from the car’s 6.0-liter V-12 remains capped at 510 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for a top speed of 183 mph. The standard transmission is a six-speed automatic.
Pricing for the 2015 DB9 Carbon Edition starts at $199,995, and like the Vantage GT the DB9 Carbon Edition also comes as a coupe or Volante convertible. Deliveries of both special editions commence in the third quarter of the year.