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6 Apr 2015

Aston Martin has revealed their most extreme road car ever ahead of the public unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks’ time. Based on the V12 Vantage S, the V12 Vantage GT3 aims its sights squarely at the Porsche 911 GT3 and Bentley Continental GT3-R in the luxury track-focused supercar market.

The number of modifications on the GT3 is huge – it’s actually a disservice to still call it a V12 Vantage. The most noticeable difference is the new wider bodywork – 50mm wider than the standard car but what you don’t see is that it is now entirely carbon fibre. This all comes together to form an aerodynamic package that has more in common with the Vantage GT3 race car – there is a huge carbon splitter at the front with bare carbon and orange accents, while the bonnet features bigger vents. The wider wings house large vents behind the front wheels, while extended sills flow out to a brake duct ahead of the rear wheel, which sits in similarly wider arches. At the rear sits a full carbon diffuser and a massive carbon wing atop the bootlid. All the parts have orange accents on them and we think it’s the most purposeful car we’ve seen in a long time. There are also big changes inside; with the GT3 adopting the Vanquish’s centre console made of carbon, carbon door cards and new carbon backed seats.

The mechanical changes aren’t as severe – the venerable 5.9 litre V12 still soldiers on, this time with 592+bhp (final calibration still to be set) and 461 lb/ft sent to the rear wheels via the same seven speed automated manual gearbox from the V12 Vantage S, though with some software changes to speed it up and a new magnesium torque tube. With the carbon body and other parts the V12 Vantage GT3 should weigh 150 kg less than the V12 Vantage S at 1515 kg. 0 – 62 mph is expected to take 3.5 seconds and the top speed has been reduced from the 205 mph of the V12 Vantage S to 185 mph, mainly thanks to the extra drag caused by the aerodynamic package.

So while this is undoubtedly a car to get excited about, you shouldn’t get too excited. Aston Martin have priced the V12 Vantage GT3 at £262,000, but they are only making 100 of them and they have all already been sold to their exclusive VIP list of customers – the same ones that were offered the One-77 supercar. These VIPs are the same one who are also probably going to be offered the second Geneva announcement from Aston – the Vulcan. This is apparently going to be a track-only hypercar much like the McLaren P1 GTR and Ferrari FXXK which may be based on the architecture of the One-77 but will be an outrageous design as it doesn’t need to comply to any road regulations. We look forward to seeing that one!

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