Aston Martin is celebrating its bounty of motorsport successes with a new special edition V8 Vantage called N430.
And what a great-looking thing its 2014 Geneva Motor Show star is, thanks to styling that really is pure motorsport: they’re optional, but how could you resist the DBR1-style club sports graphics packs?
These blend with dark-themed exterior detailing – black grille, headlamp bezels, grille mesh, window surrounds and exhaust tailpipes – plus graphite-painted forged alloys and clear rear lights with, yes, black surrounds.
Inside, there are N430 seat logos, either carbon fibre gearshift surround or black magnesium paddleshifters, anodised black dash knobs and either a leather steering wheel with contrast stitching or Alcantara wheel with matching stitch.
Seats are finished in Plisse Alcantara (or rainproof indented leather on the Roadster) and it’s all set off by carbon fibre dash trim, piano black interior trim and black pedals.
Substance beneath the style
Refreshingly, it’s not all style, though. Aston Martin has fitted carbon fibre and Kevlar seats to save weight, while those forged alloys also cut kilos. In all, it equals a weight saving of 20kg.
The firm has also given the dry sump 4.7-litre V8 engine a power boost up to 436hp, which matches that of the V8 Vantage S. It means the 0-60mph dash is cut to 4.6 seconds and the V8 Vantage N430 is capable of 190mph all-out. Choose from either six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift II AMT gearbox.
Ian Minards, director of product development at Aston Martin, said of the new car: “N430 is all about bringing track-honed excitement to the road in an accessible, emotionally engaging, and authentically ‘analogue’ way.
“The dynamic exhilaration of Vantage is the perfect complement to the eye-catching looks of the N430.”
Note how he said accessible, too? He’s not wrong: list prices for the V8 Vantage V430 start from £89,995. Given how the basic 420hp V8 starts at £87k and the V8 Vantage S retails at more than £97k, this seems like a bit of an Aston Martin bargain to us.
And, to our eyes, it really does look fantastic. Agree? Let us know…