The first official video of the potent 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has just been released. Focusing heavily on the successful racing programme of the Aston Martin Vantage, the clip perfectly highlights the similarities between the road-going Vantage GT3 and the race car that it shares its name with.
A mere 100 examples of the road-legal Vantage GT3 will be produced with each featuring the firm’s customary 5.9-litre V12 engine tuned to deliver 592 hp as well as 461 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the already potent Aston Martin V12 Vantage S produces 565 hp and 457 lb-ft. Helping to achieve the power and torque gains are new inlet manifolds, a titanium exhaust system as well as tweaked geometry. Finally, the torque tube is now made of lightweight magnesium and the titanium exhaust alone saves 19 kg from the car.
All told, the 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will accelerate to 96 km/h from a standstill in a mere 3.5 seconds down from the 3.7 seconds needed by the V12 Vantage S. Due to the added downforce generating elements of the Vantage GT3 however and the higher drag, the top speed has dropped from 329 km/h (205 mph) to 297 km/h (185 mph). Tweaks to the seven-speed transmission have also been made.
A key aim for Aston Martin engineers when developing the Vantage GT3 was to make it light. In order to do this, a plethora of lightweight materials like carbon fibre, titanium, aluminium and magnesium are found throughout. Consequently, the Vantage GT3 tips the scales at 1565 kg compared to the 1665 kg of the V12 Vantage S.