Aston Martin has been dropping hints about bringing a street legal version of the Vantage GT3 race car to the Geneva motor show, but now it has let the cat out of the bag. The British automaker has announced full details on the Vantage GT3 Special Edition, which is the closest thing you can get to the actual race car.
To develop the most potent road-going Vantage, Aston made several revisions. Underneath the hood is a new version of the brand's 6.0-liter V-12 engine, which the automaker estimates will make about 591 hp. For reference, the current GT3 racer's 6.0-liter V-12 produces over 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Other hardware upgrades include a full titanium exhaust system. The special edition also sheds some pounds, as it weighs about 220 pounds less than the Vantage S. To help reduce weight, engineers equipped the car with new flared carbon fiber front wings and weight-saving polycarbonate rear windows.
The Vantage GT3 Special Edition is also lower and wider than all of its stablemates. Aston Martin says the car's wider track will help get it through corners with more confidence thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer, while Michelin Super Sport Tires grip the road surface. The Vantage GT3 Special Edition shows its track-inspired roots through a number of motorsport-inspired features. The car wears tons of carbon fiber and comes equipped with an aerodynamics pack that adds the huge rear wing and front splitter. Inside, the limited production car sports a carbon fiber center stack, touch controls, and race-inspired carbon fiber seats. While most everything on the Vantage screams motorsports, loads of Alcantara inside give the car a more premium feel.
We'll get a closer look at the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition when it makes its official debut at the Geneva motor show early next month.
Source: Aston Martin