The new Aston Martin Vantage N420 is the latest limited edition car released to the market which is built from the inspiration of their race car used on the Nürburgring. The new Aston Martin V8 is directly related to what is perhaps one of their most successful racing cars of the modern era, the Vantage N24.
This Special Edition Vantage has been created to celebrate the sporting character and dynamic ability of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Designed to be part of the ‘baby’ Aston Martin product range, it features an extensive standard equipment package, plus unique detailing. The Vantage N420 can come in different racing colours that Aston Martin use for their own race cars, an example is the Asia Cup colour scheme, complete with black cantrails and ‘lipstick’ around the radiator grille. Another colour option could be the Rose Yellow, Kermit Green and Elwood Blue, as worn by the firm’s N24 racers.
A side from the purely cosmetic aspects, the N420 will feature a carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser and a pair of side strakes and wider sills to add to the racing theme. The lower and stiffer Sport Pack suspension sharpens the N420’s responses while a sports exhaust emits an even more inspiring note than normal. The N420 offers 420bhp and 470Nm of torque, and covers 0-62mph in less than five seconds with an overall top speed of around 180mph. The wheels have a 10-spoke, diamond-turned alloys plus dark grey exhaust pipes and badges. Inside the car the interior will follow the theme with a pair of lightweight seats to save 27kg from the V8 Vantage.
The N420 is available as Coupe or Roadster, and with a six-speed manual or optional Sport-shift automated manual transmission. Prices are yet to be confirmed although it is believed that they will start at £96,995 and deliveries will commence in August.
Only time will tell if Aston Martin will be as successful on the road as they have been on the track with the Vantage N420.
The previous N400 was an awesome machine, so there’s no reason to believe that the updated N420 will be anything short of phenomenal. It will be on sale from August 2010, with prices starting at £96,995.