A lightweight, aerodynamic V12 Vantage S is just what the doctor ordered.
Aston Martin is currently evaluating the potential of a more extreme GT3 variant of the V12 Vantage S. According to Autocar, focus would be on reducing weight over increasing power. Removing 100 kg could be achieved relatively easily by simply stripping the car of it’s a/c, keeping the interior simple and fitting lightweight seats. Lightweight magnesium wheels and carbon-fiber body panels would be equally affective, if not a bit pricey.
After years of competition at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Aston Martin knows all about producing lightweight, high-downforce cars. The 5.9-liter V12 also has plenty of potential and a modest power increase from 565 to 600 hp., coupled with the weight reduction, could result in Ferrari 458 levels of performance. With the use of a launch control system, you’d expect a few tenths to be knocked off the car’s 3.7-second 0-60 mph time too. However, the drag of its high-downforce bodywork and shorter gearing would mean top speed would drop from 205 mph. If green lit, expect the V12 Vantage S GT3 to debut sometime in 2015.