Feature Flick: Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Tackles Nurburgring

Automobile Staff

Aston Martin claims its new V8 Vantage N420 is directly inspired by the famed Nürburgring -- so what better way to showcase the car than a short film showing the sports coupe terrorizing German roads?

To illustrate the N420's racing lineage, Aston's sprinkled the promo piece with clips of its factory-backed racers running their way around the 'ring, but the true meat lies with action footage of the V8 Vantage stretching its legs on both public motorways and the actual Nordschleife. Also shown are some of the N420's special touches, including a unique carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, door sill plates, and unique ten-spoke wheels.

That's great, but we argue this film is almost best heard, not seen. Be sure to crank up the volume to hear the V8 Vantage's 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-8 being floored by its test driver. According to Aston, the engine delivers a solid 420 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to rocket the N420 from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph.

The N420 is available in both coupe and convertible forms, but Aston Martin appropriately plans on restricting production of the special-edition Vantage to 420. In the U.S., an N420 coupe will run buyers $132,000, while the convertible is priced from $145,000. A sizable chunk of change, but given the limited production run, along with the striking mixture of performance and styling, some may argue this is a relative bargain.

Source: Aston Martin/ YouTube

-Steve Diehlman

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