Aston Martin reveals Vantage N430 and Carbon editions before GenevaFri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Aston Martin is bringing two special editions to the Geneva motor show next month. Unfortunately neither of them is coming to the United States, but since they're Aston Martins, we figured you'd still want to be in the know.
The V8 Vantage N430 builds on the N420 special edition from 2010. The new car bumps output to 430 hp from a 4.7-liter V8, up from 420 in the last car. That makes this one capable of 190 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a close-ratio, seven-speed Sportshift II transmission with a short final drive ratio, or a six-speed manual.
The show car is done in green and yellow, a trademark for Aston, with carbon fiber and Kevlar seats and 10-spoke alloy wheels finished in graphite. The wheels alone save about 40 pounds. Black details in the grille, around the headlights, side window and mesh lend an air of darkness to the otherwise brightly colored car. Graphics packages are optional.
Inside, the N430 gets machined carbon sill plates, N430 seat logos, black magnesium paddle-shifts or carbon fiber gearshift surround, leather steering wheel with contrasting on-center stitch feature and unique seat trim patterns.
Carbon fiber fascia trim, piano black interior trim, black anodized tread plates and black pedals are standard.
The N430 will cost about $150,000 when it arrives in Europe this September, converted from British pounds.
Moving from circuit to cul-de-sac, the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White special editions sport Aston’s hammer of a mill, the 6.0-liter V12. It makes 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Top speed on the Carbon models is 183 mph.
Exterior additions include carbon fiber side strakes and black window surrounds. Inside, buyers can specify an accent color that matches the brake calipers. Sill plates wear the “Carbon Black” or “Carbon White” logos.
Pricing for the Carbon editions hasn’t been released. We’ll find out more at the Geneva motor show.
By Jake Lingeman