Aston Martin V8 Vantage SP10 Inspired by the Track

Jeremy Clarkson is often recognised as the man who coined the phrase “flappy paddle gearbox” to describe the lack of feel generated by levers behind the steering wheel, and today you can’t seem to buy a super car without them. But this new Aston Martin is a bit more traditional because tradition is a hallmark of the brand, so the six speed manual box is controlled through a conventional gear stick.

The new limited edition Aston Martin V-8 Vantage SP10 is a tribute to the firm’s V-8 Vantage GT4 racing car and is named after the VLN Series’ SP10 Class that competes throughout Germany. Powered by a 4.7 litre V-8 that pumps out 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque, this super car goes onto a top speed of 189 mph and reaches 62 mph in 4.5 seconds.

There’s a choice of coupe or convertible but ceramic grey metallic is the only colour available. The convertible gets a titan grey roof and both machines have 19 inch wheels and a carbon fibre diffuser at the rear. Thankfully the grey exterior isn’t matched within the cabin where black is the dominant colour. Black Alcantara lines the roof and the instrument panel is leather trimmed and stitched in silver.

Although it shares much of the technology of the V-8 Vantage S, it’s a bit more than a limited edition of the S. It takes inspiration for its looks from the V-12 Vantage and has a sports exhaust that’s been developed to produce an exceptional pitch for a V-8 powered car.

Aston Martin is making a bit of a habit of producing limited editions at the moment. To mark their centenary they launched the Centenary Edition of the Vanquish last month. As with the V-8 Vantage, the limited edition has special paintwork and bespoke interior, but unlike the race inspired V-8, there is no soft-top option and only 100 will be produced. At this time Aston Martin are describing the V-8 Vantage SP10’s production run as “limited” but not putting a figure on the amount of cars they will produce.

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