The Aston Martin That Angered Porsche Will Never Be Yours


Last March at Geneva, Aston Martin unveiled its Vantage GT3, a track-tuned V12-engined supercar that’s, more or less, the ultimate culmination of the Vantage lineup. Then Porsche made it known that it owns the rights to the "GT3" name, thus forcing AM to rename its car the Vantage GT12. And now all 100 planned units have apparently been sold. No one should be in the least bit surprised here. After all, AM only added bits such as an aggressive carbon-fiber wide body kit, modified bumpers, revised side skirts and beefier fenders.

The hood? Entirely carbon fiber. And that engine. Oh, that lustrous 6.0-liter V12. It spits out 591 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a seven-speed automated manual transmission. 0-62 mph? 3.7 seconds. Top speed? 185 mph. All that power and less weight, too. In fact, the Vantage GT12 weighs about 220 lbs. less than the V12 Vantage S. No wonder why all 100 were sold so quickly.

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