The Aston Martin Vantage GT3: Their Most Focused Road Car Ever

Think about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. It's small, beautiful, fast, loud, elegant, and just an incredible car overall. Unfortunately for the lucky owner of such a wonderful car, if a Vantage GT3 were to pull up next to them at a hotel valet, their car would be ignored like the captions in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. I absolutely love the V12 Vantage S, so for me to be saying something like this demonstrates just how special this new Vantage GT3 is. In fact, it's the most extreme road car Aston has ever produced.

The Vantage's spectacular 6 liter V12 has been modified to produce 592 horsepower, compared to the 565 in the "standard" V12 S. This, in combination with an extensive weight loss program, has resulted in a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. The only Aston that has ever reached 60 quicker is their incredible hypercar, the One-77. The V12's roar now escapes the rear exhaust pipes through a high-grade titanium system, which should provide one incredible soundtrack.

The Vantage GT3 was not created for straight line speed, but rather to be a monster on race tracks. In order to achieve their desired track performance goals, Aston's engineers decreased the car's weight by over 200 pounds due to an incredibly extensive use of carbon fiber. Every single body panel on the car, except for the doors, is made from carbon fiber, including a carbon fiber roof that's offered as an option. Pretty much everywhere you look on this car features beautifully-finished carbon fiber. Even the rear and rear three-quarter windows can be made as polycarbonate if the particular customer doesn't enjoy the extra weight glass brings with it. That's how intense the weight-saving can be.

In order to keep the car more planted on the ground, a massive rear wing has been added to the GT3. That, with the addition of a more aggressive rear diffuser help to keep the car pressed hard against the track. The GT3's front grilles have been increased in size over the standard car in order to help the upgraded engine breathe better, along with a much bigger set of hood vents that allow hot air to escape. Combined with a revised front splitter, this added bodywork gives the Vantage GT3 seven times more downforce than the normal V12 Vantage S, a mind-boggling statistic to consider. It should be mentioned that the GT3's top speed is 185 mph when compared to the standard car's 200+, but considering the added downforce and the car's already incredible acceleration, that shouldn't be much of a problem in this case.

The Vantage GT3 has even received a bit of a unique interior treatment. Glossy carbon fiber trim is located pretty much everywhere you look, with loads of alcantara as well. Manually adjustable seats reinforce the fact that this car lost much of its unnecessary weight. Overall, the interior looks like a fantastic place to be as you pilot this incredible supercar.

This car is pretty much a heartbreaker, and here's why: Aston's only going to produce 100 of these fantastic machines, and they're going to cost the better part of $400,000. The car you're paying for more than justifies the price. It's just a shame that, due to the rarity, the likelihood that I run into one of these is pretty much zero. The Vantage GT3 is a beautiful monster, it's elegant and savage at the same time, and it's not hard to see why all 100 of these were sold before the car was even revealed to the public. So thank you, Aston Martin, for finally giving the world your version of a road-going racecar. I've fallen in love with it after only seeing a few pictures and a video or two, which is more than I can say for most cars out there...