If James Bond went racing, he'd probably drive this car.
This is the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, a track-inspired version of the British luxury sports car. It's a special edition, as only 100 units will be produced. It is powered by a tweaked iteration of Aston Martin's 6.0-liter V12 engine that is now capable of generating 592hp (the "regular" V12 Vantage S only manages 565hp). The Vantage GT3 is also said to weigh only 1,565kg, or some 100kg lighter than the V12 S.
Boasting a broader track both front and rear, the car is equipped with motorsport-inspired features like magnesium inlet manifolds, lightweight magnesium torque tube, full-titanium exhaust system, new flared carbon-fiber front wings, carbon-fiber hood, lithium-ion race-derived battery, carbon-fiber door casings, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, prominent rear wing, pronounced front splitter, race-derived carbon-fiber sports seats, and carbon-fiber center console.
The Vantage GT3 was designed and engineered at Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England.
to be the most overt expression of everything that defines Vantage: an inspirational sports model offering supreme driveability on the road, and uncompromising dynamic performance on track.
"Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin," said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer. "The Vantage is the car we campaign in top-level sports car racing around the world, and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited-edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess. The Vantage GT3 is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise, and I'm sure the 100 owners who will secure one of these cars will savor every second behind the wheel--whether on the road or on the track."
According to Aston Martin, the Vantage GT3 will be officially presented at the Geneva International Motor Show this March, and the first deliveries will commence in the third quarter of the year.