Another gem in Aston Martin’s special models section is based on the V8 Vantage and it is named the N430. Actually, it is more than based on it. It is a V8 Vantage inspired by the wonderful CC100 which was in turn heavily influenced by the 1959 DBR1 – a true gem in Aston Martin’s industry.
Visually the Aston Martin N430 is amazing. When it comes to the shape, it is completely the same as the standard V8 vantage and this is by no means a bad thing. However, additions made it even better. Several dark elements – the grille, windows and headlights surrounds and tailpipes – work extremely well with color options to provide stunning menacing feel in every version. Speaking of the color options, there are five of them named the Speedway (white exterior paint with red club sport graphics pack), Trophy (Skyfall Silver exterior paint with white club sport graphics pack) and the three options from which I can’t decide which one I like best – the Heritage (Marian Blue with red club sport graphics pack), Stealth (an option that is sure to be loved with Jet Black exterior paint with silver club sport graphics pack) and everyone’s favorite Race (Alloro green exterior paint with yellow club sport graphics pack) which never fails to draw attention and is the most common option when presenting this car.
The interior is similarly amazing. Materials are of expectedly high quality – carbon sill plates, Kevlar and carbon fiber sport seats which provide perfect mixture of support and comfort, available black magnesium paddle shifters and carbon fiber gear shifter for manuals, leather wheel, black anodized knobs and Alcantara or leather inserts on doors and seats. If the roar from the engine isn’t enough for you, you can opt for a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound stereo.
The supporting seats we mentioned will become even more important when you hear what’s under the hood. The 4.7l V8 from the standard Vantage got slight tweaks that increased the power to 430hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. The transmission includes the Sportshift II automated manual with seven speeds or the six-speed full manual. Both setups are said to ensure the top speed of 190mph and 0-60 acceleration of 4.6 seconds.
To be honest, so far the changes to the N430 seem mainly aesthetic, but they add significant ferociousness to the already amazing V8 Vantage, so we can see why all the talk around it.
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