Aston has announced not one, not two but THREE special editions that will see the light of day for the first time at Geneva next month.
First up is the V8 Vantage N430, another N version (following the N420 and N400) which celebrates the marque’s racing heritage.
Available in either roadster or coupe form the N430 ups the power output to 430bhp (from 420 on the N420, notice a pattern?), meaning the N range is now equal to the Vantage S.
That increase, coupled with a diet that shed 20kg, sees the N430 hit 60mph in just 4.6 seconds, 0.3seconds faster than it’s predecessor, while top speed hits 190 mph, again matching the Vantage S.
Power is routed through either a six-speed manual or a seven speed auto ‘box from the standard 4.6litre V8.
Outside the 430 receives a raft of minor changes, graphite painted forged alloy wheels, a black front grille, headlamp bezels, exterior meshes, side window surrounds, textured tailpipe finishers and clear rear lamps with black surrounds which Aston claim “convey the appropriate air of menace and excitement”.
In reality the brightly coloured grill surround, mirrors and pillars make it look like the Astons that pound round Silverstone for trackdays.
Priced from £89,995 and on the road from September the 430 adds carbon fibre facia trim, Piano Black interior trim, black anodised tread plates and black pedals as standard.
Secondly two special versions of the decade-old DB9 will arrive on the scene, the Carbon Black and Carbon White editions.
Nothing changes underneath as the Carbon twins unleash 510bhp from the V12’s 6.0litre engine, the alterations are entirely superficial.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the Carbon Black is black and the Carbon White is white, both are, as you guessed, given special touches of carbon fibre.
Inside Aston say the colour theme will continue, but add “carbon” plaques to “communicate the car’s rarity” – in case you thought Astons were common.