Aston Martin has announced plans to make the fastest and most extreme version of the Vantage to date. Just 100 ‘Vantage GT3 special edition’ cars will be built – and there’s a good chance each one will cost a small fortune.
The Vantage GT3 wants to conquer the road and track, which is why the car has a lower ride height, front splitter, track-focussed aerodynamics pack and a ‘prominent’ (gigantic) spoiler, yet still retains an element of luxury so you can drive to your local purveyor of groceries.
The aerodynamic extras are said to improve stability at higher speeds, downforce and grip, while lashings of carbon fibre, a white paintjob and various orange details make it the least subtle Aston Martin you are likely to see.
In addition, Aston Martin has given the Vantage GT3 special edition a wider track at the front and rear and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres for an even better track pedigree.
Meanwhile the use of a polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter windows (optional), carbon fibre roof (also optional) and carbon fibre bonnet help save 100kg of weight, bringing the total down to 1,565kg compared with the V12 Vantage S.
Aston Martin’s designers and engineers at the Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire have also added magnesium inlets with revised geometry to the 600PS V12 engine as well as a lithium-ion race battery and a titanium exhaust system.
Inside are even more revisions. The seats are race-derived and made from carbon fibre, as is the centre console. For everything else, expect Alcantara. Those who want a personal look can enlist the help of the Q by Aston Martin customisation service.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I’m sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track.”
The Vantage GT3 special edition will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. First customer deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2015. No word on a price or performance figures at this time.