To celebrate the successes of its Vantage GT4 race car in the SP10 class of Germany's VLN race series, Aston Martin will launch a special edition version of the V8 Vantage S, called the Vantage SP10. Aside from some aesthetic tweaks, the most notable change is that the SP10 is the first V8 Vantage S to ever be offered with a manual transmission.
"Since in the GT4 class the technical similarities between racing cars and their road model cousins are extremely pronounced, many of our customers see their own Aston Martin as a way to identify with our motorsport activities," Aston Martin managing director Jeffrey L. Scott said in a statement.
Available as a coupe or convertible, the Vantage SP10 is painted Ceramic Grey Metallic and wears unique 19-inch wheels with a high-gloss black finish. Black-painted brake calipers, clear taillights, and a new front splitter and carbon-fiber rear diffuser are also included. The interior adopts a black Alcantara headliner, silver stitching for the leather trim, a Piano Black center console, and a leather-trimmed dashboard.
The more exciting news, however, concerns powertrain tweaks compared to the normal V8 Vantage S. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine is unchanged at 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque, but it is now mated as standard to a six-speed manual transmission. Aston Martin predicts a 0-to-62-mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. Customers who prefer not to use a clutch, however, can opt for the Sportshift II seven-speed automated manual transmission that is usually standard equipment in the Vantage S.
Standard equipment includes navigation, power seats, Bluetooth, and a 750-watt sound system. There's also a special badge on the engine block reading, "Aston Martin Vantage SP10." Pricing for the special model has yet to be released, but the car will be offered only in mainland Europe.
Source: Aston Martin