Aston Martin seems to have hit it this time with their new track-focused, road-going Vantage car. Originally intent on naming their new car Vantage GT3, Aston Martin had to change their plans because, apparently, German manufacturer Porsche had an exclusive right to the GT3 suffix. Thus, the new Aston Martin Vantage GT12 was born, or better yet, one hundred of them, each of which will come with a price tag of £250,000.
It’s got the looks
Originally unveiled at Geneva Motor Show, this beauty is sure to make more than a few heads turn. Though at the first glance the bodywork of GT12, made entirely out of carbon fiber, may seem similar to Aston’s race cars, the design team at Aston Martin have pulled a few tricks to make it unique. At the front, the car features a horseshoe graphic which helps both the air flow and the cooling, while the large rear wing give the GT12 its recognizable sporty look. The interior of the car is also stylishly done, as it features the dominant orange that matches hand-painted graphics from the exterior.
Where did the inspiration come from?
In a way, GT12 presents an ultimate version of Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The company used every trick from the book to tune the V12 Vantage up. Among other things they reduced the weight of the car, lowered the center of gravity, as well as made sure to increase both the power and the grip.
If anyone expected that such a beast-looking car would be difficult to handle on the road, then they’ll be in for a surprise. GT12 handles remarkably well; its recalibrated adaptive dampers coupled with high-performance tires offer a smooth road experience. Brightly sunned or soaking wet surface, the new Aston is sure to shine. There is a downside to it though, and that’s the gearbox. It seems that automated manual paddle shift isn’t up to the standard the rest of the car sets. One feature that deserves a special mention here is the sound GT12 produces. Consisting of the initial thunder release followed by a steady shrieking noise, it is truly wonderful ear-pleasing experience.
The technical side
GT12 comes with a mighty 5.9-litre V12 engine under the hood and is powered by 592bhp. It also features a host of new (some even exotic) materials that ultimately help reduce the car’s weight. As mentioned, carbon fiber, out of which the entire bodywork is crafted, is the most prominent of these. The engine also features some new materials, as it receives the magnesium inlet manifolds coupled with the titanium-built exhaust system that will help the engine breathe better. All in all, the use of new materials shrank the GT12’s weight to 1565kg, which is some 100kg lighter that its Vantage predecessors. The tires GT12 will be rolling on are Michelin Pilot Super Sports, which, as some of you may know, are rather big.
Is it worth the money?
Its gearbox aside, Aston Martin Vantage GT12 is a remarkable vehicle. Safe when needed, sporty when needed, it will offer a well-rounded experience to the 100 lucky ones who grab it first. The price tag GT12 comes with, though it sounds intimidating, seems quite suitable for all the goodies that go with it.
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