What is it?
It's a special edition of the Aston's V8 Vantage coupe (or roadster); loosely inspired by Aston's GT4 racing cars.
A follow-up to the N400 of 2007, weight of the N420 has been cut by 27kg over the standard V8 Vantage, which doesn't sound like a great deal because, well, it isn't really. It has mostly come from the application of carbonfibre in place of other trim; such as lighter seats. There are carbonfibre details on the outside too and a new design of alloy wheel.
The engine remains the same 4.7-litre, 420bhp V8 as standard, while a manual or robotised-manual gearbox is offered. Most significantly is that the optional Sport Pack is fitted – that gives revised springs and dampers and thicker anti-roll bars. There's a sports exhaust, too. Oh, and optional Race Collection paintwork – different-coloured paint for the pillars/rails and grille surround, as on Aston's race cars.
What's it like?
More extreme than the regular V8 Vantage, certainly. The carbonfibre-backed seats are exceptionally supportive and, even at idle, there's a hint of greater potency from the exhaust.
The low-speed ride won't have you writing home, either. Chuck in the Alcantara finish on the steering wheel and it's a quite an engaging experience.