Aston Martin has renamed its new track-inspired Vantage GT3 this week, christening it with the new name ‘Vantage GT12’.
The change is understood to be the result of a lawyer-backed complaint by Porsche, whose hero 911 GT3 has worn the badge since 1999.
Both cars, 911 GT3 and Vantage
GT3 GT12 alike, are track-ready performers inspired by the FIA’s GT3 formula.
Despite this, and the fact that the GT3 name has been associated with models older than the hero 911, Stuttgart remains steadfast.
Porsche's position - according to an Aston spokesperson quoted by website Goodwood.com - is that its long-running use of the GT3 suffix gives Stuttgart sole rights to the name where road-going cars are concerned.
Aston Martin may not be without rights itself, but rather than engage its German rival - which is backed by the might of the Volkswagen Group - in an expensive lawsuit, the smaller British brand has relented.
Thus, the 441kW V12-powered Aston will now be known as the Vantage GT12.
It might have been in with a chance to continue with the GT3 badge, though: in 2012, the General Court of the European Union decided that despite its claims to the contrary, Volkswagen does not own the rights to the ‘GTI’ badge.