Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Track Car Renamed Vantage GT12

Porsche nixes GT3 name.

Not so fast, Aston Martin. The company's new track-focused Vantage GT3 will be renamed the Vantage GT12 to avoid a lawsuit. An Aston Martin spokesman told AUTOMOBILE that Porsche objected to the GT3 name because it overlaps with the Germans' 911 GT3 badging.

"We named the car GT3. We felt in the spirit of the racing category, that was our link," said Aston Martin spokesman Matt Clarke. "Porsche voiced some displeasure at that."

Rather than spend months battling in court, Aston Martin decided to simply rename its new car the Vantage GT12. Though the original name was meant to reference the popular GT3 racing series, the new moniker simply references the car's engine cylinder count; the 6.0-liter V-12 is tuned for 591 hp.

"We would rather not waste money on legal fees, so we're going to change the name," said Clarke. "I'm sure our customers would appreciate us spending the money on the car rather than the name."

All 150 examples of the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 have already been sold to customers, with production scheduled to begin this summer. The car won't be offered in the U.S. market and is intended for track use only. Compared to a regular V12 Vantage S, the GT12 packs an extra 26 hp, wider front and rear tracks, a race-derived suspension with an exceptionally low ride height, new aerodynamic components, and enlarged brakes.

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