Car News 24 Feb 2016

Aston Martin Vantage GT12; The Ultimate Version of Vantage.

Aston Martin Vantage GT12; The Ultimate Version of Vantage.  

The new Aston Martin Vantage GT12 is a race-derived special edition dedicated to the company’s success in the global GT3 race series.

Based on the V12 Vantage S road car, and inspired by the Vantage GT3 race car, the GT12 makes extensive use of lightweight materials inside and out to reduce its kerb weight by up to 150kg.

Visually, the Vantage GT12 is easily distinguished from the V12 Vantage S thanks to its extensive aerodynamic package which enables the GT12 to produce seven times as much downforce as the standard Vantage V12S. Most striking at the front is the horseshoe graphic in the bonnet, whereas at the rear, is the large, fixed wing.

The engine is the same as the V12 Vantage S, but with some modifications. Power has been increased from 565bhp to 595bhp and torque is up from 620Nm to 625Nm. Aston claims the GT12 can manage 0-60mph in 3.5sec, which is remarkable for such a powerful a rear-wheel drive car.

Only 100 Vantage GT12s will be built, and all are sold out already before the car making its first public debut. Prices start at £250,000 and can rise up significantly if any of the tempting options are chosen, such as, a Bang & Olufsen hi-fi for £5495 or the painted stripes and graphics for £6995.  

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