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INSPIRED BY RACING: THE ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT3 SPECIAL EDITION

  • Lightweight and extreme Vantage special edition limited to 100 cars
  • Motorsport-derived chassis, aerodynamics and handling
  • Bridges the gap between road and race track driving

GT318 February 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin is today revealing the first details of its most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date: the track-inspired Vantage GT3 special edition.

With production strictly limited to just 100 examples, the new model combines all of Aston Martin’s learning from its years of sports car competition around the globe to produce its most performance focused road-going Vantage.

Equipped with a new iteration of the brand’s 6.0-litre V12 engine which is capable of generating up to 600 PS1, the car weighs in at 100kg less than a standard V12 Vantage S.

Comprehensively re-engineered, as well as significantly restyled, the GT3-inspired special edition is lower and wider than any of its siblings in the Vantage family. A broader track – front and rear – brings even more composed cornering thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer, while the use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres provides even more assured handling.

Thoroughly equipped with cutting edge motorsport-inspired features, from the extensive use of carbon fibre inside and out to the track-focused aerodynamics pack – which includes a prominent rear wing and pronounced front splitter – the race-derived new Vantage brings more focused and uncompromising capability and styling to a road-going Aston Martin.

The aerodynamics package in particular has a profound effect, producing significant downforce to provide even greater levels of grip and stability at higher speeds.

Inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful campaigns, this new GT3-derived Vantage has been designed and engineered exclusively 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.

New flared carbon fibre front wings, carbon fibre bonnet, a lithium ion race-derived battery, carbon-fibre door casings, optional carbon fibre roof, optional weight-saving polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter windows are just a few of the measures which illustrate the engineers’ determination to eliminate mass wherever possible. That determination has paid off, too, as the new car weighs in at only 1,565 kg2.

Under the skin lie a number of bespoke engineering upgrades, aside from the new 600 PS1 V12 engine. Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with centre outlets are just a few of the features that underline the rigorous re-engineering of this exclusive new Vantage.

The car’s interior is comprehensively reworked, too, with a full carbon fibre centre stack and touch-sensitive control array; race-derived carbon fibre sports seats; Alcantara trim and the option of numerous bespoke features courtesy of the brand’s popular personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin.

Announcing the arrival of the Vantage GT3 special edition, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin. 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.”

He added: “The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I’m sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track.”            

The Vantage GT3 special edition will make its public debut on 3 March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5, Stand 5253), with first customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.

 

 

Vantage GT3 Technical Specification

Body

  • Two-seat, two-door coupe body style
  • Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure aluminium, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body
  • Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
  • Carbon fibre wide body with flared sills and wheel arches
  • Carbon fibre front and rear bumpers
  • Carbon fibre composite bonnet and louvre
  • Aerodynamics Pack – Carbon fibre extended front splitter and rear wing
  • Carbon fibre rear diffuser
  • Centre-mounted ceramic coated & black textured tailpipes
  • Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)
  • High intensity discharge headlamps (dipped beam)
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • LED rear lamps
  • Clear rear lamps with black border

Engine

  • All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935 cc V12
  • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry
  • Lightweight titanium exhaust system
  • Compression ratio – 11.0:1
  • Max power – 600 PS @ 7000rpm (predicted)1
  • Max torque – 625Nm @ 5500rpm (predicted)
  • Acceleration – 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (predicted) / 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds (predicted)
  • Maximum speed: 297km/h (185 mph) (predicted)
  • Lithium Ion battery

Transmission

  • Rear mid-mounted, Sportshift III seven-speed automated manual transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system
  • Magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Final-drive ratio - 3.7:1

Steering

  • Rack and pinion, power-assisted steering
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment

Wheels & Tyres

  • 19” 7-spoke forged alloy satin black wheels
  • Front: 9.5J x 19” Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres 265 FR
  • Rear: 11.5J x 19” Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres 325 RR
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Tyre repair kit

Suspension

  • Track focused suspension geometry with uprated springs and revised dampers
  • Front: Independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers
  • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, dual-rate coil springs and monotube dampers
  • Revised three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes

Brakes

  • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston monobloc Brembo GT3 bespoke calipers 
  • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston monobloc Brembo GT3 bespoke calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with ‘Track’ mode
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with ‘Track’ mode
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction Control (TC)
  • MK25e Brake Control Module

Standard Exterior Specification

  • GT3 ‘race-inspired’ paint liveries
  • Black, silver, grey or yellow brake calipers
  • Lightweight black mesh grille
  • Gloss black window surround
  • Front and rear GT3 badging
  • Black enamel infill wings badge
  • Electric heated power folding mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Beam blade front wiper system
  • Rain sensing wipers

Standard Interior Specification

  • Alcantara and leather ‘race-inspired’ trim colour schemes
  • Lightweight carbon fibre seat with manual seat adjust
  • Carbon fibre centre console
  • Exposed carbon fibre door casing
  • Obsidian Black Alcantara steering wheel
  • GT3 headrest embroidery
  • Coarse stitching
  • AML Fast Track headlining Alcantara palette
  • AML Fast Track carpet palette
  • Carbon fibre special edition sill plaque
  • Black magnesium paddleshifts with leather accent inserts
  • Black pedals
  • Glass corporate switches
  • Graphite speaker grilles
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Perimetric alarm system
  • Immobiliser
  • Aston Martin Tracking by Cobra – (market specific)
  • Auto-dim rear view mirror
  • Electric windows
  • Rain sensing wipers

In-car Entertainment and Convenience

  • 160 W Aston Martin audio system
  • DAB / DMB Radio
  • USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
  • Infotainment System
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite navigation

Exterior options

  • 7-Spoke satin black forged alloy wheels with centre-locking mechanism
  • 7-Spoke satin black magnesium alloy wheels with centre-locking mechanism
  • Carbon fibre roof
  • Carbon fibre front grille
  • Carbon fibre rear tailgate and lamp infills
  • Carbon fibre mirror caps
  • Machined carbon fibre wings badges
  • Polycarbonate rear windows and decklid window
  • Red rear tail lamps
  • Orange brake calipers
  • Bright window surround
  • Silver headlamp bezels
  • Q – Graphics pack scheme
  • Delete GT3 rear decklid badge

Interior options

  • Lightweight carbon fibre seat with power adjust
  • Sports seats (inc side airbags, electric adjust & heated seats – leather only)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Carbon fibre paddleshifts
  • 700W Premium Audio Sound system
  • Bang & Oulfsen BeoSound Audio system (1000w)
  • Black Bang & Oulfsen speaker grilles
  • Delete headrest embroidery
  • Parcel shelf
  • Alarm upgrade with volumetric and tilt sensors
  • Rear parking assist camera
  • Auto dimming mirror with garage door opener
  • Steering Wheel Tech Pack to include cruise control and volume adjust
  • Second glass key
  • Leather ECU pouch
  • First aid kit
  • Indoor car cover

Dimensions

  • Length 4530 mm
  • Width 1914 mm (excluding mirrors)
  • Width 2070 mm (including mirrors)
  • Height 1245 mm
  • Wheelbase 2600 mm
  • Front track 1585 mm
  • Rear track 1583 mm
  • Turning circle TBC
  • Boot capacity TBC
  • Fuel capacity 80 litres
  • Kerb weight 1565kg (estimated)

1600PS max power output for UK & Europe

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