Aston Martin has a long history of releasing special models, and its debuts for Geneva happen to include a pair of special-edition models set to knock our socks off. This is the V8 Vantage N430, which happens to be a V8 Vantage that draws inspiration from the popular CC100 model that we recently saw and the Aston Martin’s racing history.
Its striking green-and-yellow exterior paint combines well with a series of black elements and all the power coming from the V-8 under its hood. In short, this is one bad British sports car, but is it just for show or does this Jag fighter have something a little extra going on under its long hood?
For now, we only know a small portion of the details, but it is plenty of information to know what the upcoming Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 is all about.
Click past the jump to read more about the V8 Vantage N430.
On the outside, the N430 has all the same kinks, curves and dimensions of a standard V8 Vantage, but this is not your "typical" V8 Vantage. The N430 adds a slew of menacing, dark-themed accents here and there, including the grille, headlight bezels, meshes, window surrounds and tailpipe finishers. The taillights also get a nice helping of black, as these clear units feature black surrounds.
At the corners, the N430 includes a set of graphite-painted, forged-alloy wheels that tie it all together.
Aston Martin offers the N430 in five color schemes:
- Heritage: Marian Blue with red club sport graphics pack
- Race: Alloro green exterior paint with yellow club sport graphics pack
- Stealth: Jet Black exterior paint with silver club sport graphics pack
- Trophy: Skyfall Silver exterior paint with white club sport graphics pack
- Speedway: Speedway white exterior paint with red club sport graphics pack
2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 - Exterior Dimensions
|Length||4382 mm (172.5 inches)|
|Width (excluding mirrors)||1866 mm (73.5 inches)|
|Width (including mirrors)||2022 mm (79.6 inches)|
|Height||1260 mm (49.6 inches)|
|Wheelbase||2601 mm (102.4 inches)|
|Turning Circle||11.38 m (37.3 ft)|
When you step into the V8 Vantage N430, you are immediately greeted by machined carbon sill plates that let you know that you are entering a special place. The Kevlar and carbon-fiber seats, which combine with the earlier-mentioned wheels to shave a full 20 kg (44.1 pounds) from the V8 Vantage’s curb weight, feature N430 logos to further assure you that this is one bad automobile.
Also added in are black magnesium paddle shifters — carbon-fiber gear-shift surround on manual models — black anodized knobs, leather-wrapped wheel with an on-center contrast, Plisse Alcantara door and seat inserts on coupes, indented leather on roadsters, and unique seat patterns.
As an option, buyers can select a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound stereo with ICEpower and distinctive speaker surrounds.
Needless to say, this puppy comes packed to the gills with all that Aston Martin has to offer.
Under the V8 Vantage N430’s hood is the same 4.7-liter V-8 that powers the base V8 Vantage. This version, however, has an extra 4 PS (3.9 horsepower) to push it to the 430-horsepower mark that the "N430" name indicates. In terms of twist, this bad-boy churns out 361 pound-feet of torque — 15 pound-feet more than the base V8 Vantage. There’s no word on the mods needed to gain this little bump, but we bet it is purely electronic.
Mated to the V-8 is a seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission or a six-cog manual that help push the sports car to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds --- 0.1 seconds faster than the base V8 Vantage.
2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 - Drivetrain Specifications
|Type||4.7-liter, all-alloy, quad overhead cam, dry-sumped V-8 engine|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||430 @ 7,300 RPM|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||361 @ 5,000|
|Top Speed||190 MPH|
|0 to 60 mph||4.6 seconds|
The prices for the new N430 start at £89,995 ($150,435 at the current exchange rates), and the model will start hitting driveways in September 2014. No U.S. pricing or release date is available.
Sure, the XKR may not have all of the pretty looks and other touches of the N430, but it does pack a whole lot more power — 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet, to be precise — and a 4.5-second 0-to-60 mph sprint. Additionally, it is far cheaper than the Aston.
Gallery Jaguar XK
The 650i is much more luxury than performance, but it still has plenty of track credentials behind it. With a 445-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 in tow, this beast launches to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Plus, you are getting BMW quality and service, something that Aston just can’t match here in the U.S.
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Aston Martin sure does know how to pull those strings, right? Those sexy colors, the extra power, that fantastic interior and that reduced weight all make us want to go snatch one up today. However, with a price tag likely in the $130k range, it will be sorely overpriced for its performance.
- More power from the 4.7-liter V-8
- Awesome colors to choose from
- Decked-out interior
- Typical, pricey Aston Martin
- No U.S. release (yet)
- Some of the colors are weird looking
Gallery Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430
Aston Martin is unveiling two exclusive new special editions at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show.
The great British sports car marque, now in its 101st year, is debuting a bold addition to its iconic V8 Vantage range as well as dramatic new special editions of the timeless DB9.
Building on the appeal of the sports-focused Vantage range, and enhancing the enduring allure of Aston Martin’s seminal GT, the DB9, the new models deliver eye-catching looks and classic elegance.
V8 Vantage N430: race breeding, sports styling
Pure, unadulterated fun is what lies at the heart of the new V8 Vantage N430. Honed on the track to excel on the road, N430 – available in Coupe or Roadster form – boasts a power hike to 436 PS at 7,300 rpm that brings its output up to that of the spirited V8 Vantage S.
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.”
Ally that inherent dynamic capability to lightweight and sporting-biased features as standard such as carbon fibre and Kevlar® seats and ten-spoke forged alloy wheels in a new graphite painted finish – together yielding a weight saving of 20 kg – and it’s clear that the GT4-inspired N430 has been created to deliver exceptional performance with a club sport ethos.
No surprise, then, that the new V8 Vantage N430 is capable of 190 mph, with a 0-60 mph time that drops to 4.6 seconds.
That power feeds the rear wheels through a sporty six-speed manual gearbox; with the option of a close-ratio seven-speed Sportshift™II automated manual transmission with short final-drive ratio for those demanding the most driver-focused yet involving set-up.
N430’s front mid-mounted, 4.7-litre, all-alloy, quad overhead cam, dry-sumped V8 engine is complemented by a rousing sports exhaust, aerodynamics honed through numerous wins in GT racing and a competition-derived braking system.
The compact proportions and inherent balance of the Vantage design are supported by a carefully calibrated sports suspension tune and quick-ratio steering rack that rewards the true enthusiast driver on road, and on track.
Countless hours testing at circuits around the globe, including the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife which is home to a dedicated Aston Martin Test Centre, have delivered a machine truly worthy to join Aston Martin’s family of ‘N’ cars.
Styled to evoke thoughts of the track, N430 celebrates Aston Martin’s sporting heritage and motorsport success.
A purposeful package of dark-themed exterior details – graphite painted forged alloy wheels alongside black front grille, headlamp bezels, exterior meshes, side window surrounds and textured tailpipe finishers and clear rear lamps with black surrounds convey the appropriate air of menace and excitement.
This neatly offsets the eye-catching liveries with optional club sports graphics packs – inspired in part by the exceptional CC100 Speedster concept and nodding to Aston Martin’s most famous motorsport triumph, the DBR1 – that leave no doubt to the car’s identity or character.
Inside, as out, N430’s sporting associations are unmistakable with new interior features and materials such as machined carbon sill plaques, N430 seat logos, black magnesium paddle-shifts or carbon fibre gearshift surround; contemporary driver instrument panel; black anodised rotaries; leather steering wheel with contrasting on-centre stitch feature (or Alcantara with matching stitch); seat and door inserts in technical PlissèAlcantara – indented leather on Roadster models – and unique seat trim patterns.
Additional complementary features from the Vantage range as standard include a carbon fibre facia trim, Piano Black interior trim, black anodised tread plates and black pedals.
Finally, new and special features underpin the fun and sporting personality of N430 and demonstrate Aston Martin’s ability to create products which sit apart from the mainstream. Optional features available to N430 customers include a state-of-the-art 1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower®technology. It features distinctive speaker grille and lens detailing to enhance its visual as well as audio appeal.
Priced from £89,995 RRP, first deliveries of the new N430 are expected to begin in September this year.