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Vantage GT8 is one of Aston Martin's most hard-core road cars (pictures)

Limited to just 150 units, the GT8 will also be one of Gaydon's most exclusive road cars to date.

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If you like road cars with a serious motorsport inspiration, you'll go gaga for the Aston Martin Vantage GT8.

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The GT8 pulls its inspiration from Aston's V8 Vantage GTE racer.

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The GT8 is powered by a 4.7-liter V-8, putting out around 440 horsepower.

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It mates to the buyer's choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

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The body is positively loaded with race-inspired aero, including a wider body featuring cutaways just behind the front wheels.

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All in, Aston claims a 100-kilogram weight savings over the standard V8 Vantage.

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The car features a lithium ion battery to help cut down on the curb weight.

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Optional weight savings include a carbon fiber roof and polycarbonate rear and side windows.

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The body features loads of carbon fiber, as well.

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You can find the lightweight material in the front splitter, fenders, side sills, rear diffuser and both front and rear bumpers.

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To retain a little bit of on-road sensibility, the car still comes with air conditioning, an audio system and Aston Martin's latest infotainment system.

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We could stare at this thing all day.

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Even the seats are built to keep weight down, featuring carbon fiber construction and manual controls.

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Aston Martin is building just 150 of these, and pricing starts at £165,000 ($233,607, directly converted).

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