Beautifully Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Is Brutal On The Track

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How's that spectacularly awesome normally-aspirated V8 soundtrack?

Just about every single Aston Martin out there looks angry, not normal angry, angry like a dad who's just seen his lil' baby girl getting picked up after a day at high school by a college kid driving a Wrangler. Properly angry. The cars have stages of angry though, and the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is at the top of the list. It's wide, it's low, it's fast, it's loud - hardcore sums it up. The track-focussed Vantage GT8 is the lightest and most powerful V8 from Aston to date with a razor-sharp chassis setup giving it brilliant handling.

Under the hood you'll find a 4.7-liter V8 that kicks out 440 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque that propels the car to 60 in 4.4 seconds with a top-end of 190 mph.

Here we see the roaring Vantage GT8 being driven at the limit during the annual Autocar feature to find Britain's Best Driver's Car. The Aston was put up against some pretty serious cars, as well as last year's winner, the Ferrari 488 GTB. Other competitors include the likes of the BMW M2, the new Porsche 911 R, the McLaren 675 LongTail and the Honda NSX. Of course the car should do pretty well in normal circumstances, but those are some pretty hard cars to beat. That said, it's not all about power and speed, it's about being a driver's car, and the chassis and handling along with some cool creature comforts gives it a fighting chance. The results aren't out just yet, but we think that 911 R fits the title just right.

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