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ASTON MARTIN is set to unveil two new special editions of its V8 Vantage and DB9 at the Geneva International Motor Show. In celebrating its 101st birthday, the British manufacturer has decided to create the N430 V8 Vantage and the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White.

The V8 Vantage N430 is a track version of the regular roadster and coupéthat can be used on the road. Its front-mounted 4.7-litre V8 engine produces 320kW at 7 300rpm, which equates to that of the outgoing Vantage S.There are carbon-fibre-backed seats covered in Kevlar along with forged alloy wheels, which together save 20kg.

The resulting performance is 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 305km/h. Each model can be had with a six-speed manual or the seven-speed Sportshift II automatic transmission. There is a sports exhaust as well as aerodynamic tweaks taken from the GT racing machine.

As with many performance vehicles today, the N430’s suspension and braking system was developed at the Nürburgring, which is home to the Aston Martin Test Centre.

The DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White special editions will debut at the show. With a top speed of 294km/h from a 6.0-litre V12 that produces 380kW and 620Nm,the new models’ figures remain the same as the standard model.

As the names suggest, there has been liberal use of carbon fibre in the styling elements. The brake calipers match the name of each edition, therefore the white calipers on the white edition.

There are carbon-fibre side strakes as well as black window surrounds on the vehicles’ exterior. Inside the cabin, black is the main colour used with accents matching those of the brake calipers.

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