You could almost buy three Aston Martin V8 Vantages for the price of this track-focused GT8.
Only 150 examples of the angry Aston Martin Vantage GT8, a track-focused, lightweight limited-edition variant of the V8 Vantage S inspired by the automaker's motorsport pedigree in GTE, GT3 and GT4 class racing, were ever made, but now one of them has been listed for sale via luxury car specialist H.R. Owen. There's a catch, though. When it went on sale last year, those who were lucky enough to secure one would have paid 165,000 GBP (around $211,612). This example, however, will set you back, wait for it, 259,950 GBP (around $333,385).
That's over $120,000 more than when the car was brand new, which seems even more absurd when you consider that you could almost buy three standard V8 Vantages for that money - but what you're getting is the most extreme V8 Vantage ever. In fairness, though, the owner has fitted the track-focused sports car with a wealth of optional extras that would have hiked up the original asking price, including a gloss black aero package, exposed carbon fiber components and a booming 700-Watt sound system. Even the rear GT8 badge is an optional extra, which you'll definitely want for bragging rights to show the world that your V8 Vantage is extra special.
The Vantage GT8 is also exceedingly rare, having sold out soon after its reveal. "These cars sold out long before they were released in the UK so having this car up for grabs represents a very rare opportunity for a lucky buyer," said Stephan Plant, General Manager of Aston Martin Cheltenham. Listed as production number 66 out of 150, the Vantage GT8 for sale is finished in Onyx Black metallic paint with striking red inserts and fitted with a large rear wing, while its carbon fiber front splitter, door sills and roof help make it 100 kg lighter than the V8 Vantage S it's based on. Under the hood, the 4.7-liter V8 engine powering the Vantage GT8 produces 440-hp - that's 10 more ponies than the Vantage S. 0-62 mph takes 4.4 seconds.
Purists will also be pleased to know it's also fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, as opposed to the seven-speed automated manual which was also available as an option. It's only done a measly 150 miles in its lifetime meaning it's practically brand new, but you can't help but think that the owner bought it with the intention of selling it on for a tidy profit. For a similar price, you can still snap up the one-off Aston Martin Vanquish Volante AM37 also up for sale via H.R. Owen.