Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Debuts with 591 HP

For those who think the V12 Vantage S is soft.

Taking a move from the Porsche 911 GT3 playbook, Aston Martin pulled the covers off its hardcore, track-focused sports car. Called the Vantage GT3, Aston turned the performance wick up on nearly every aspect of the race grid-ready car.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 uses the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine as the V12 Vantage S. But while that performance model has to make do with a measly 565 hp, Aston engineers used a modified titanium exhaust and a magnesium manifold to eke out an additional 26 hp for the GT3 version, pushing the V-12 to a lofty 591 hp output.

Aston went to great lengths to ensure the Vantage GT3's handling matched its aggressive looks, starting with a wider front- and rear-track than the V12 Vantage S. A heavily revised, race-derived suspension is fitted to the GT3, and it has the lowest ride height of any Aston Martin ever produced.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 also benefits from impressive aerodynamics. The large rear wing, front and rear diffusers, underbody aerodynamic management, and side strakes all contribute to a substantial increase in overall downforce. In addition, large 15.7-inch front and 14.2-inch rear carbon ceramic brakes allow the GT3 to rein in all the extra speed facilitated by the added horsepower and reduced weight.

Where the GT3 truly shines is in the weight-saving details. As power rises, weight drops, with the Vantage GT3 shedding a not-insignificant 220 lb over the V12 Vantage S. Lightweight drivetrain components, like a magnesium torque tube were added, along with extensive use of carbon fiber, including the optional carbon fiber roof and hood, the optional polycarbonate rear window, and a lithium-ion inspired battery.

To complete the race car appearance, the Vantage GT3's color scheme is inspired in part by race liveries and designs used on past Aston racing models.

While any customer with a thick enough wallet can get their hands on the regular Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, the Vantage GT3 is strictly limited to 100 units worldwide. Even worse, the Vantage GT3 will not be sold in the U.S. or China.

For those living in a country not receiving the Vantage GT3 blessing, either ease or exacerbate your sadness by checking out the extensive Vantage GT3 photo gallery below. If you want to check out the GT3 in person, look for its official debut at the upcoming Geneva auto show in March.

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