Wing or no wing? After handing the keys for the Vantage GT8 back to Aston Martin I’m still conflicted. Most of those who’ve driven it before me got to do so in the context of the ‘ring 24, where the GT8’s appearance will have been less jarring. In the context of a peaceful Cotswolds village though?
“It has to be a game changer because it’s been some time since we’ve launched a new model of this ilk. We haven’t had anything since DB9 under the DB badge,” Wall said.
The DB11 is an entirely new car – except for the door handles, that is. They carry through from the model it replaces, the DB9, that was originally launched back in 2003.
It marks the beginning of a new phase for the luxury British brand, heralding the start of a fresh era of design, technology, engineering and ingenuity.
The Festival of Speed will also be a celebration of all things Vantage for Aston Martin. The race-bred Aston Martin Vantage GT8 will take part in the Supercar Shootout up the Goodwood hill on Saturday in the capable hands of Aston Martin Racing Works driver Darren Turner. The car is equally at home on the road or on the track so it is expected to feature strongly.
Inspired and influenced by the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE racecar, the Vantage GT8 is a true thoroughbred. The lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever, the Vantage GT8’s dramatically sculpted carbon fiber bodywork has been shaped by race-bred aerodynamic function. With a super-sharp chassis tuned for track-focused agility, powered by a revised 446PS version of Aston Martin’s rousing 4.7-litre V8, the Vantage GT8 has unmistakable style, a no-nonsense stance and a driving experience that’s second to none.