Aston Martin introduced the Vantage, which is otherwise known as the track-inspired Vantage GT3 special edition.
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 its most performance focused road-going Vantage.
It is equipped with a new iteration of the brand’s 6.0-litre V12 engine, which is able to accelerate to 600 PS1; however, the car weighs in at 100kg less than a standard V12 Vantage S.
The Vantage has been re-engineered, as well as significantly restyled, the GT3-inspired special edition is lower and wider than any of its siblings in the Vantage family. It has a broader track in the front as well as the rear, which brings even more composed cornering thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer. The use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires provides even more assured handling.
Thoroughly equipped with cutting edge motorsport-inspired features, with an extensive use of carbon fiber inside and out to the track-focused aerodynamics pack – which includes a prominent rear wing and pronounced front splitter – the race-derived new Vantage brings more focused and uncompromising capability and styling to a road-going Aston Martin.
The aerodynamics package in particular has a profound effect, producing significant down force to provide even greater levels of grip and stability at higher speeds.
Inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful campaigns, this new GT3-derived Vantage has been designed and engineered exclusively at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in Warwickshire, England, to be the most overt expression of everything that defines Vantage: an inspirational sports model offering supreme drive-ability on the road, and uncompromising dynamic performance on track.
New flared carbon fiber front wings, carbon fiber bonnet, a lithium ion race-derived battery, carbon-fiber door casings, optional carbon fiber roof, optional weight-saving poly-carbonate rear window and rear quarter windows are just a few of the measures which illustrate the engineers’ determination to eliminate mass wherever possible. That determination has paid off, too, as the new car weighs in at only 1,565 kg2.
Under the skin lie a number of bespoke engineering upgrades, aside from the new 600 PS1 V12 engine. Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with center outlets are just a few of the features that underline the rigorous re-engineering of this exclusive new Vantage.
The car’s interior is comprehensively reworked, too, with a full carbon fiber center stack and touch-sensitive control array; race-derived carbon fiber sports seats; Alcantara trim and the option of numerous bespoke features courtesy of the brand’s popular personalization service: Q by Aston Martin.
The Vantage GT3 special edition will make its public debut on 3 March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5, Stand 5253), with first customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.