its £300K V12 Vantage GT3 racer now undergoing shakedown testing ahead of its race debut next year. A couple of weeks late for Halloween, the scary looking V12 GT car couldn't be more different from the 911 GT3 R that is its most comparable off-the-shelf-racer rival.
The 2012 GT3 R goes on sale this month, priced at 304,500 Euros, plus VAT. An upgrade kit for teams with the current car worried about the Aston is available for 43,100 Euros. This comprises a new intake system boosting power by 20hp to 500hp and a revised gearbox with paddleshifters and upgraded software.
Will that be enough for Porsche drivers presented with the rather worrying vision in their mirrors that is the Vantage GT3? Certainly if intimidation was part of Aston's design brief it's come up trumps, the 600hp delivered by the 6.0-litre V12 engine meaning it's got the muscle to back it up too.
The engine and basic architecture are based on that of the V12 Vantage road car, the new Vantage geared up for serious frontline competition and following on from the V12 Zagato race car Aston ran at the Nurburgring 24-hour earlier in the year. And driven on PistonHeads!
The new car is much more of a finished product though and will join Aston Martin's line-up of full customer race cars. It'll be eligible to run in a number of GT championships, including the FIA GT3, British GT, VLN and Blancpain Endurance Series. Deliveries start early next year and it's yours for £295,000.