We’ve been waiting an extended time for Aston to develop a truly extreme street racer inside the mould of the 911 RS. Now, with the end in sight to the venerable Vantage range, it is here, inside the kind from the mighty Vantage GT12.
The alterations run quite deep to justify that price, even though, and they are inspired by Aston’s own GT3 race autos. Consequently the wings, the splitters plus the (optional) paint finish. That is the lowest, widest Vantage ever, then, some 50mm wider than standard and fitted with lightweight carbonfibre bumpers, front wings, bonnet and, optionally, roof. Get really major about conserving weight and you can identify plastic rear as well as rear quarter windows, too.
Within, the fat saving is, commonly, even much easier to discover than it’s about the outside. Substitute leather and foam, and no matter what they cover, having a single layer of carbonfibre and you also possess the makings of a cabin that feels the component – especially when it is completed this perfectly.
The GT12 stays genuine to Aston’s acquainted quad cam 6.0-litre V12, albeit 1 with mindful consideration paid to the intake and exhaust program. Peak electrical power rises to a predicted (Aston is but to release definitive numbers) 600PS (592bhp) at 7000rpm, though torque rises to 461lb ft at 5500rpm.
The 0-60mph time falls by 0.2sec to 3.5sec, which may not sound like an incredible deal, but bear in mind this can be a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive car and traction, whether you may have 550bhp or 600bhp, could be the limiting component.
The Vantage GT12 to start with appeared with the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year – with the time it wore the “GT3” badge, but then Porsche claimed unique rights to the “GT3” moniker – wherever Aston Martin announced only 100 units were planned for manufacturing at a cost of $385,000 every single. Whether or not you have got that sort of funds laying all over, the U.K. automaker has pre-sold all examples new car.