Aston Martin loves doing special-editions of its lineup but only if they make sense and have a good reason behind it. The Gaydon automaker has just unveiled the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420, which is a successor to the V8 Vantage N400 from 2007. While the N420 continues the N400’s place in the Aston Martin lineup as a special edition coupe with cues taken from Aston Martin’s racing program, it receives significant powerplant, chassis, and cosmetic changes.
The biggest news between the N400 and N420 is under the skin, where the V8 Vantage’s 4.7-liter V-8, making 420 horsepower good for 180 mph, has displaced the N400’s older 4.3-liter V-8 engine. The lower and stiffer Sport Pack suspension sharpens the N420’s responses, while a sports exhaust emits an even more inspiring note than normal. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 is 60 pounds (27kg) lighter than the standard version as it has some of its standard parts replaced with carbon fiber ones. The V8 Vantage N420 comes with a carbon fiber front splitter, side strakes and diffuser. The car sits on new 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels.
Aston Martin’s optional Sports Pack is also fitted, complete with revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling, as well as a new sports exhaust system.
Inside the car comes with an Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara trim, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fiber seats. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.
Like its predecessor, the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 will be sold in coupe or roadster format and available with either six-speed manual or Sportshift semi-automatic transmissions. Deliveries will begin next month in the UK, the £96,995 price tag (that’s over $147,000 but includes the UK’s hefty Value Added Tax) represents a £13,804 ($21k) premium over the base model, which sells in the UK for £83,191 (equivalent to $126k) and in the United States for $119,500.