With production strictly limited to just 100 examples, the new model combines all of Aston Martin’s learning from its years of sports car competition around the globe to produce a performance focused road-going Vantage.
Equipped with a new iteration of the brand’s 6.0-liter V12 engine which is capable of generating up to 600 hp, the car weighs in at 220 lbs. less than a standard V12 Vantage S.
The GT3-inspired special edition is also lower and wider than any of the other variants in the Vantage line. A broader track – front and rear – brings even more composed cornering thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer, while the use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires provides greatly improved handling.
The car makes extensive use of carbon fiber inside and out to the track-focused aerodynamics pack, which includes a prominent rear wing and front splitter. The aerodynamics package in particular has a profound effect, producing significant downforce to provide even greater levels of grip and stability at higher speeds.
New flared carbon fiber front wings, a carbon fiber hood, a lithium ion race-derived battery, carbon-fiber door casings, optional carbon fiber roof, optional weight-saving polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter window showcase Aston Martin’s seriousness when it comes to employing lightweight composite materials. Owing to the use of advanced materials, the car weighs in at a mere 3,450 lbs.
Under the skin lie a number of bespoke engineering upgrades, aside from the new 600 hp V12 engine. Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with center outlets complement the car’s already advanced power-train setup.
The Vantage GT3 special edition will make its full public debut on 3 March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show, with first customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.
Source: Aston Martin