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Aston Martin Shows DB9 Carbon Edition, V8 Vantage GT in New York

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/15/2014 Alex Nishimoto

Aston Martin is bringing two special-edition models to the New York auto show: the Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Edition and V8 Vantage GT. We've seen both cars before in Geneva, though the Vantage has now been renamed "GT" from N430 for the U.S. market. As we said previously, the Carbon Edition adds carbon fiber accents and an overall dark color scheme to the DB9, while the V8 Vantage GT gets racing-inspired goodies and a power bump over the standard V-8 model. For the U.S., the Vantage GT has a price tag of just over $100,000.

DB9 Carbon Edition

The Carbon Edition relies on the same 510-hp 6.0-liter V-12 found in other DB9 models, and comes mated exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. Where it stands apart from its lesser DB9 siblings is its carbon fiber exterior and interior treatment. Carbon fiber side strakes and taillight accents adorn the special model's sheetmetal, along with black meshes and window surrounds. Optional accents include a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and mirror caps. The Carbon Edition rides on 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels offered in either satin black or silver. Brake calipers can be had in red, yellow, black, or gray finishes. The predominantly black theme continues inside with carbon fiber details and a choice of accent colors. The interior also gets unique door sill plaques with the Carbon logo. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

V8 Vantage GT

The Vantage GT draws inspiration from Aston's motorsports past and present, with the Vantage GT4 race car named as one of its main styling influences. The car gets dark-themed exterior accents, including graphite-finished and diamond-turned alloy wheels, black headlight bezels and side window surrounds, and black textured exhaust tips. A graphics package is available, allowing owners to dress up their Vantage GT like the Le Mans-winning DBR1 or DB2/4. Contrasting graphics can be added to the grille, mirror caps, A-pillar, and rear diffuser.

The GT model's 4.7-liter V-8 receives a power bump thanks to a new valved intake system and aggressive spark timing. The intake now features a valve that opens at engine speeds above 3500 rpm to allow better air flow, while the ignition timing has been advanced to the very point of detonation. The upgrade raises output to 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. The engine is backed by a six-speed manual transmission, though a close-ratio seven-speed single-clutch automated-manual is available. With either transmission, the V8 Vantage GT is estimated to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190 mph. © Provided by MotorTrend

Inside, the Vantage GT gets machined carbon sill plaques, black magnesium paddle shifters or carbon fiber shifter surrounds, satin chrome knobs, a leather or Alcantara steering wheel, and Alcantara seat and door inserts. Aston Martin says the Vantage GT brings the brand "closer than ever before" (to what, exactly?) with its starting price of $102,725 (including $2825 destination charge). © Provided by MotorTrend

Both the DB9 Carbon Edition and V8 Vantage GT will be available starting the third quarter of this year in coupe or convertible form.

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