Aston Martin is relaunching one of its most iconic racing cars: the luxury car maker will produce a limited run of the 1959’s DB4 G.T.
Aston Martin built the DB4 GT from 1959 to 1963. They did 75 examples of the touring car and sold them for prices around $6,288. Unfortunately, the 2017 version will have a cost of $1.9 million, and there will only be 25 units of the DB4 GT Continuation.
Those 25 units will be only, as Aston Martin will not produce any street-legal models. The English company will deliver the vehicles late 2017, but it has not released any images of it yet.
The company will give buyers a two-year international driving program with access to driving instructors and racetracks like the Yas Marina Circuit.
Rumored engine and features of “Britain’s fastest passenger sports car”
Sources at the company say the DB4 GT will be a modern version of the original 3.7-liter G.T, which was a racing prodigy on its prime times.
The 2017 model will come with a new version of the traditional straight six-cylinder engine. It will put power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission, and it has a projected output of 340 horsepower
The supplier that made the DB11’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine will design an all-new powertrain for the DB4 GT Continuation, as faithful as possible to the original script.
The vehicle will come with VINs (vehicle identification numbers) that will continue from the former DB4 GT built. 1963’s version had the particular chassis number of 0202R.
Aston Martin will produce the cars in the English town of Newport Pagnell, in the same factory where they built the original ones.
The looks of the DB4 GT Continuation
The company says the cars will retain their authentic look. It means they will keep the thin-gauge aluminum panels, hand-finished details, and a tubular frame.
The historic plant at Newport Pagnell will go back to work just to make the Continuation models, a decade after they ended the production of the first generation Vanquis S.
The car will have modern features as well, but nothing like an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Instead, it may have enhanced security features like racing seat belts, and a fire suspension system.
Aston Martin has a habit of producing limited-run special cars. Over the past years, the English carmaker has built and sold out 150 AM-RB 001, 99 Vanquish Zagato Coupe, 99 Vanquish Zagato Volante, and 24 Vulcan.
Source: LA Times