Aston Martin has officially revealed the details for the V12 Vantage GT3 car, its replacement for the DBRS9. It will come with the latest in race-car technology and will have an output of 600hp. The dry-sumped 6.0 litre V12 engine will produce 600 bhp (significantly more than the 510 hp of the stock engine) with 700 Nm of torque. Its position has been revised further from the street car to improve weight balance.
The V12 Vantage already has an impressive appearance but with the new aerodynamics, it appears more muscular and purposeful. The V12 Vantage’s wheelbase is shorter and its engine position is lower compared to the DBRS9. This improves the handling and its performance. Its driveability is also improved. Offered as standard on the V12 Vantage GT3 are the latest race-developed ABS and Traction Control systems.
The Vantage GT3 is qualified to join several races throughout the world such as the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nürburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT, Belcar and Open GT. The new car will begin testing in October. The Vantage GT3 will be subjected to a comprehensive sign-off durability test. Aston Martin will start deliveries for this model in early 2012. It has a starting price of £298,000.
Considered as the most powerful car to come from Aston Martin in its 95-year history, the V12 Vantage was officially unveiled during the 2009 Motor Show in Geneva. It was in December 2007, during the inauguration of the Aston Martin Design Studio, that guests were treated to the unveiling of the first V12 Vantage concept. As if to show just how good the company is in creating a concept car and then going to the actual production, engineers managed to deliver the V12 Vantage in just a year. In terms of this, this latest version of the Vantage line offers a more distinct character that manages to attract even drivers of various preferences.
It even complements other models that are in the present line-up of the company. Chief Executive Officer Aston Martin Dr. Ulrich Bez shared that the V12 Vantage is the best performance interpretation of this range as it manages to mix the company’s most powerful engine with its most agile model. Founded on the V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with output at 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) and peak torque at 570 Nm (420 lb ft). Maximum speed comes in at 190 mph (305 km/h) with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in merely 4.2 seconds.
Dr. Bez continued by saying that the V12 Vantage is indeed the perfect driving package as it offers excellent performance in order to give it that dynamic thrill as well as that amazing daily driving experience. He added that unlike its other models, the V12 Vantage has a very unique quality and it’s expected to appeal to a wide variety of people each with their own preferences. This means that more people will have the chance to be part of the Aston Martin experience, he continued.
It also shows the greatest strength of the company which is to be able to move quickly and then turn an idea and concept to an actual product, Dr. Bez added. This latest incarnation of the Vantage series will be manufactured at the company’s facility located in Gaydon, Warwickshire where the other Vantage models like the V8, DBS, and DB9, have been manufactured as well. This facility has state-of-the-art production and even manages to combine traditional hand-craftsmanship with an advanced manufacturing process. Since Aston Martin will limit the production to 1,000 units over its total life span, it makes this model an exclusive one.
Aside from boasting an attractive appearance, the V12 Vantage hints at a powerful performance by having a focused stance. This was the result of improving aerodynamics and enhancing the cooling aids to visually widen the car. All of these improvements were made even as the traditional design was retained. The interior is just as inviting as it enables the driver to get the maximum performance while still being able to enjoy the usual comfort levels that an Aston Martin offers especially on long trips.
With the V12 Vantage being able to access high power levels and even high torque no matter what the speed may be, it makes it tractable and responsible regardless of the driving condition. With the design putting emphasis on the driver, each part of this new model was tuned to give pure driving enjoyment. Using components and materials that were initially developed for racing plus having lightweight carbon fiber, this means that agility and performance have been modified to be perfect.