The 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT

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The 2015 Vantage GT isn’t a terrifying powerhouse. Instead, the British maker is bringing on the table the most affordable Aston Martin ever. No loss of quality. So, do not worry. The 2015 Vantage is the great effort to success in the U.S. frenetic market.

High-performance at a great price. Where is the catch? If you read some of the specs, it is hard to know. By now, most of the features are good news. Let’s get into de details.

Predecessor’s Engine on the 2015 Vantage GT

If you are expecting a brand new, highly optimized engine, you are going to feel bad. The 2015 Vantage GT packs the exact same quad overhead cam 4.7 L V8 with highly aggressive intake valves onboard of the original and pure Vantage model.

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This engine is capable of producing 430 hp at 7300 RPM and a maximum torque of 361 lb-ft at 5000 RPM.  Along this piece of work, we found two transmissions available. First, you have a mediocre 6-speed manual gearbox.

Then, there is a close ratio 7-speed Sportshift II automatic gearbox with improved shifting. The last one is a highly optimized transmission, focused on having a great time on the track.

This setup throws great numbers on the track. According to Aston Martin, the 2015 Vantage GT goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and have a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), which is pretty impressive.

One of the most interesting features available is the higher octane compatibility. The engine is capable of differencing the fuel and take the most of it. When a higher octane fuel is applied, even the valve timing changes, everything in order to boost acceleration.

The sports exhaust gives out a beautiful sound coming from the brawny engine. In terms of braking, the 2015 Vantage GT has one of the most effective systems among similar models. The potent brakes on board are ensuring a great experience at top speeds, mostly when taking corners.

Gran Prix-Focused Character

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When you see the 2015 Vantage GT, there aren’t major changes from the base model. In fact, this vehicle does not offer any aerodynamic improvements. At least, not visible at plain sight.

Instead, the coloring theme is really important. Plenty of details are now painted in black and gray-scale tones, as the grille. With bodywork provides a sinister look, two times more intimidating.

The 19-inch wheels also painted in black are beautiful and frightening at the same time. The 3600 lb (1633 kg) supercar is not showing any considerable improvement at a technical level when you see its appearance.

In the interior, a lot of carbon fiber is used, mainly to reduce weight effectively. The cockpit is entirely decorated with dark tones, which make a great contrast with the exterior paint job. Red accents are also available for the upholstery.

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For the steering wheel, there is leather and Alcantara leather wrappings available. Behind it we found sexy magnesium paddle shifters. The track-prepared bucket seats are inspired in the V12 Vantage model. There is an optional Band & Olufsen Beosound audio system with 1000 watts of power. Navigation system is also available.

The Bottom Line

The 2015 Vantage is aimed to the hungry U.S. market, offered both in coupe and roadster. Actually, for its specs, this could be considered as a cheap high-performance vehicle. I’m not going to use the word “affordable”.

Prices are between US$99.900 and 123.695.

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