First customers drive Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation

The new owners of the £1.5 million Continuation model drive it on bespoke Silverstone track day to see what it can really do

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The first five buyers of Aston Martin’s DB4 GT Continuation took the chance to drive their new car at Silverstone this week, on a bespoke track day specially designed as part of the £1.5 million ownership experience.

The Continuation project was announced in 2016, and only 25 examples have been built. That takes the total number of GTs up to 100 – although the new cars are all lightweight specification, of which only eight were made originally.

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Styled on the original GT prototype, the Continuation has allowed production to return to Aston Martin’s iconic Newport Pagnell site, where the project is headed by the marque’s Works department.

The Continuation’s straight-six engine develops 350bhp and 350lb ft of torque, which enables 0-60mph in six seconds and a top speed of 150mph. Power is transmitted through a four-speed dog ’box and handled by a live rear axle, limited-slip differential and rose-jointed suspension.

Aston Martin Works has begun a two-year international track-driving programme for owners, with Silverstone being the first venue. The DB4 GT Continuation customers were instructed by Darren Turner, who has won his class at Le Mans three times at the wheel of an Aston.

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: ‘For over 60 years Aston Martin Works has devoted unrivalled skill and experience to preserving Aston Martin’s heritage. We are proud to have created something for the future, and to see the cars being driven by their owners on the most iconic race track in England, Silverstone.’

He continued: ‘This special series of 25 Continuation cars will continue to be built in our recently refurbished, state-of-the-art facilities in Newport Pagnell. It is hand built in the same location as its illustrious forebears.

‘The result is a truly remarkable machine – one that offered 25 customers the opportunity to commission a classic, built to modern-day standards and ready to be enjoyed in an international track-driving programme, which we are excited to commence today.’

Rockingham Motor Speedway and Le Mans are confirmed as the next two venues for the DB4 GT Continuation track days.

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