V8 Vantage N420
V8 Vantage N420

V8 Vantage N420

(2010) 2011MY

The N420 became the successor to the 2007 special edition, the N400 when it was introduced in 2010. It was based upon the standard 4.7-litre V8 Vantage, in both coupe or Roadster form and with either the six-speed manual or optional Sportshift transmission. The new Special Edition, motorsport-inspired V8 Vantage N420 came with Sports Pack suspension as standard, a new sports exhaust system and plenty of carbonfibre which achieved a 27kg weight saving over the standard car. 
V8 Vantage N420

The N420 could be spec’ed in a choice of optional distinctive Aston Martin ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes available as an option although any colour could be specified. In addition, the N420 had the extended N400 sills, carbonfibre splitter, side strakes and diffuser plus 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers.

For the interior the N420 came with the Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, thicker rimed leather or Alcantara® sports steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fibre seats with N420 embroidery and ‘Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. So far as I can find, all cars had the same all Obsidian Black leather with Silver stitching, Obsidian Black carpets and Tailors Grey Alcantara headlining. It many be possible that occasional N420 cars were made with a slightly amended interior trim.

Of course in the US, the car comes with standard sports seats as the lightweight seats were not certified. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.

A further distinctive feature was the availability of a new range of optional Aston Martin ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes. Pairing bold body colours with contrasting hues for the cant rails and radiator grille surround, they celebrated the marque’s racing heritage. All of the company’s successful N24 Vantage racers were celebrated, with ‘Rose’ yellow, ‘Kermit’ green and ‘Elwood’ blue all featuring in the collection along with traditional Aston Martin Racing green. The white and black car shown in the accompanying images wears the equally striking ‘Asia Cup’ livery. Other options are Modena Black and GT2 Concept Blue. After seeing a car in Elwood Blue, I was hugely impressed by the quality of the two colour finish; the edges between the two colours are imperceptible to the touch.

Production of the V8 Vantage N420 began in July 2010, with deliveries soon afterwards with a UK price starting from £96,995. Aston Martin intended that no more than 420 of each body style  was built; the actually number of coupes built was 252. The ‘Race Collection’ paint finishes were actually quite a rare choice perhaps due to the not insubstantial additional cost. AMHT records now indicate some were only used on a single car.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Two door coupe with tailgate or soft-cover convertible and 2+0 seating.
    • Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure with aluminium, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body. Extruded aluminium door side impact protection beam
    • Halogen projector headlamps (main beam), High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam), with integrated LED direction indicators
    • Carbon-fibre front splitter
    • Carbon-fibre rear diffuser
    • Carbon-fibre side strakes
    • Black bonnet and side strake meshes
    • N400 profile sills
    • LED rear lamps
    • Heated, electrically adjusted door mirrors, powerfold optional
    • Reversing parking sensors
    • Front parking sensors optional
    • Heated front and rear screen
    • Drag Coefficient 0.34 Cd
  • Engine:
    • Front mid-mounted aluminium alloy V8. Four overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder, 4735 cc, Engine number prefix AM07/. Dry sump pressurised lubrication
    • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
    • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
    • Bore 91 mm. Stroke 19 mm.  Capacity 4735cc
    • Compression ratio 11.3:1
    • Max power 313 kW (420 bhp/426 PS) at 7300 rpm
    • Max torque 470 Nm (346 lb ft) at 5000 rpm