Aston Martin GT8 Review

Hi, I’m John McGurk from McGurk Performance Cars, and today we’re here to talk about the rather beautiful Aston Martin GT8.

The GT8 came about after the GT12, based on the Aston Martin Vantage GTE car from 2016. This limited edition car saw only 150 units produced. It’s important to distinguish the GT8 from other so-called special edition cars on the market today, which often don’t meet the same standards. The GT8, however, stands out due to its emphasis on aerodynamics, horsepower, and weight reduction, making it a true collector’s car.

This car boasts approximately 446 horsepower and is considered one of the last true Aston Martins before the transition to Mercedes AMG engines. The demand for these late Vantages, with their classic Aston Martin V8 and V12 engines, is strong, and their value continues to hold up in the marketplace.

One of the standout features of the GT8 is its weight reduction. Even with all options selected, the GT8 is about 100 kilos lighter than a standard Vantage. This weight reduction, combined with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, results in sharper handling and a more responsive driving experience. Many people assume that a car like this would be too stiff for regular road use, but the GT8 manages to strike a balance, making it enjoyable on both the track and the road.

Driving the GT8 is a thrilling experience. The car feels incredibly light and responsive, with a phenomenal noise that adds to the excitement. The gear change is smooth, and the seats, though fixed, are surprisingly comfortable even on long journeys. The interior, with its suede dashboard and carbon fiber door panels, feels luxurious and sporty.

The GT8 also has a dedicated following, with a specific owners’ club where enthusiasts can connect and share their passion. This sense of community adds another layer of appeal to owning a GT8.

The color scheme options for the GT8 are another highlight. The halo scheme, a two-tone color option, is particularly popular and makes the car stand out. Aston Martin’s personalisation options mean that each GT8 is unique, adding to its desirability.

Despite the challenges of the past year, the market for the GT8 remains strong. At McGurk Performance Cars, we’ve sold six GT8s in one year, all manual, which speaks to the demand for this exceptional car. The value of the GT8 has remained stable, offering reassurance for current and prospective owners about the car’s future worth.

In summary, the Aston Martin GT8 is a remarkable car that combines performance, exclusivity, and a strong community of enthusiasts. Whether on the track or the road, the GT8 delivers an unparalleled driving experience.