TopGear.com19 February 2014

Aston Martin Vantage gets lipsticked

Special edition ‘N430’ V8 is pouting with pride. Someone grab the mascara

If you've always fancied a V8 Vantage but have so far found the littlest Aston sadly deficient in the lipstick department, today is a good day.

Aston Martin has today unveiled a special edition Vantage, dubbed the ‘Vantage N430' and inspired by either (a) the firm's similarly pouty GT4 race car or (b) a trip to the Debenham's beauty counter.

In essence, the N430 is a Vantage S in racy drag, sharing that car's 424bhp, 4.7-litre V8, good for a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190mph.

But with carbon fibre/Kevlar seats and lightweight alloys, the N430 is 17kg lighter than the Vantage S, and comes with the Aston's six-speed manual as standard - the seven-speed ‘Sportshift' robotised manual is an option.

There's a smattering more Alcantara and carbon fibre on the inside, with added black on the outside. And, of course, that unmissable lipstick. Because you're worth it.

Available in coupe or roadster flavour, the N430 costs from £89,995. Go on, Aston: go the full make-up hog. Treat the Vantage to a set of Miura-spec fake eyelashes and a dash of blusher below the doorhandles. It'll be FABULOUS.

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