Few automakers do special editions as well as Aston Martin. There’s something about the company – it’s so perfectly blends style, luxury, and performance – that allows for special editions to swoop in and be dynamic. A little tuning here, a lower spoiler there, and suddenly a well-rounded car is ready to hit the track.
Which made it pretty exciting when Aston Martin unveiled two new special editions at the Geneva Motor Show: the V8 Vantage N430, and the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White.
The N430 sports all the beauty of the Vantage, while making a considerable bump in production. The 4.7-liter quad overhead cam V-8 has the power output of the Vantage S, and hits 60 mph in 4.6 seconds through either a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 7-speed Sportshift II close-ratio automated transmission. The N430 perfectly achieved what director of product development Ian Minards said it set out to do when he noted, “N430 is all about bringing track-honed excitement to the road in an accessible, emotionally engaging, and authentically ‘analogue’ way.”
The car looks more sporty, too, especially from the inside, where the model is filled with carbon fiber and N430 insignias. It’s set to hit dealerships in September.
As for the Carbon Black and Carbon White, they are just the newest iterations in the incredible DB9 line. Unlike the N430, they are focused solely on cosmetics: the Carbon Black is designed to emphasize the carbon fiber and svelte, sexy features of the DB9, both inside and out. The Carbon White comes in Stratus White paint (with matching brake calipers), which, when matched with the large amounts of carbon fiber, creates a jaw-dropping vehicle that will turn eyes at the club or at the track.
There’s only one downside to these new special editions: neither are available in the United States. Otherwise, they’re simply perfect.
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