Aston Martin Vantage GT3 teased


In one of those startling coincidences as the talk ramps up surrounding the forthcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Aston Martin releases a teaser image and picture for something it describes as a Vantage GT3 road car.

Wide-arched Vantage mule has been spotted
Wide-arched Vantage mule has been spotted
From the official graphic we can surmise that this is basically a road legal Vantage inspired by the various racing versions competed successfully at the N24, Le Mans and elsewhere. Which is to say a Vantage with what appears to be a proper eff-off rear wing. As eff-off as the GT3 RS's? We'll have to get the tape measures out at Geneva, where the Aston will make its official debut and, if it hasn't already, so will the Porsche.

Exciting times for lovers of extreme, track focused versions of already pretty serious sports cars. And if Aston is being cagey about the car officially it can't hide from the lenses of the 'ringside spy snappers, the illustrated widebodied (albeit wingless) Vantage spotted testing recently. Those arch extensions look suitably dramatic and, together with the V12's slatted bonnet, give the Vantage a seriously butch demeanour that should square up well to the engorged GT3 RS. Sources suggest more power, less weight and a limited production run of just 100, making it likely a much more exclusive proposition.

Expect a big rear wing for the production version
Expect a big rear wing for the production version
Given a 'regular' V12 Vantage S has 573hp you'd have to be hoping for at least 600hp from this beastie, that and the super aggressive looks making it a rather fearsome looking track day weapon. No word yet on transmission but we'd be surprised if it came with anything other than the paddle-shifted Sportshift III automated manual, this gearbox's rather industrial character and light weight rather in-keeping with the race car vibe.

More news when we have it.


 

Teaser vid

Spy photos: Stefan Baldauf

 

 

 

 

   
   
   

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  • gsuk1 07 Jan 2015

    Promising.
    I guess I'm the only person who wants one with a manual gearbox...

  • patmahe 07 Jan 2015

    gsuk1 said:
    Promising.
    I guess I'm the only person who wants one with a manual gearbox...
    Nope, I still prefer a manual 'box too, but it seems like we're a dying breed. That said I'm (unfortunately) not in a position to become an Aston Martin customer any time soon, so I guess I'm not in the demographic they are aiming at.

    I'd imagine this car will be awesome though.

  • Axionknight 07 Jan 2015

    gsuk1 said:
    Promising.
    I guess I'm the only person who wants one with a manual gearbox...
    Nope, manual here too!!

    Not that I could afford one, even if they did so, sad to say.

  • thatguy11 07 Jan 2015

    Dribble dribble...that looks completely evil! Can't wait to see it with some wing.

  • GroundEffect 07 Jan 2015

    Keep the wing off it. Wings are too 1990s.

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