Another special edition of Aston Martin’s Vantage, and possibly the last for this generation. But, if it is, Aston’s written one hell of a swan song.
As with 2013's V12 Vantage S, this new weapon is again based on the 12-cylinder model. However, that’s about where the similarities end.
This one wears a ‘GT3’ badge, and like any car with that suffix, you know there’s as much hot stuff going on under the skin as there is on the surface.
Best of all, this one is legal for the road. Inspired by Aston Martin’s racing ventures, the Vantage GT3 is a street special to rival Porsche’s 911 GT3.
Only 100 will be built for the global market - and Aston Martin has confirmed with TMR today that it has taken three orders in Australia already.
Still, let’s dream a little. Powering the Vantage GT3 is an enhanced version of Aston Martin’s 6.0 litre V12, producing an extra 20kW and 5Nm.
Relatively small increases, but at 441kW and 624Nm in total, who’s complaining? (We wants names and addresses - Ed.)
As a track-inspired special, the Vantage GT3 also boasts magnesium inlet manifolds with reworked geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust setup.
There’s still a six-speed automated manual on-board, but it’s tweaked for faster shifts in sending power to the rear wheels.
The race-focused enhancements continue with new flared carbon-fibre wings up front, a carbon-fibre bonnet, carbon-fibre door casings and an optional carbon fibre roof and polycarbonate rear windows.
Tick all the boxes and the Vantage GT3’s kerb weight comes to 1565kg - about 100kg less than the regular Vantage S.
There’s also wider tracks at both ends, retuned suspension and carbon-ceramic Brembos tucked behind 19-inch magnesium alloy wheels shod with 265/35 front and huge 325/30 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
Inside there’s race-derived carbon seats and a carbon steering wheel, a full carbon centre stack and a touch-screen control system.
Styling and aero is of course also enhanced, with a new vented bonnet, a huge rear wing and diffuser, a giant splitter at the front and new quarter panels with tall brake vents.
If you’re done drooling, here’s the juicy bit: 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds. That’ll do.
"The Vantage is the car we campaign in top level sports car racing around the world and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess,” new Aston chief Andy Palmer said today.
"The Vantage GT3 special-edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I’m sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track.”