Racing car-inspired Aston Martin V8

* 27kg weight saving for N420 * Standard 420bhp V8 engine * 8000 more at 96,995...

Racing car-inspired Aston Martin V8

Aston Martin is launching a lighter, special-edition V8 Vantage called the N420.

Although it uses the standard 420bhp 4.7-litre V8 giving it a top speed of 180mph and 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds the N420 is 27kg lighter than the standard car thanks to the use of carbonfibre for the splitter, sills, diffuser and seats.

Priced from 96,995, the N420 is 8000 more than the standard car, but it also includes the normally optional Sports pack with its altered suspension settings for a sharper drive. A sports exhaust also gives the N420 a fruitier note.

Available with the six-speed manual or 3000 optional Sportshift semi-auto gearbox, the N420 will hit the UK's roads in August.