2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Review and Specs

The 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is another master piece from the renowned British automaker. The new sports car will only be exclusively offered in limited numbers, there will be only 100 units produced. With extensive use of carbon fiber all over its sporty bodywork, it’s sure a prestige for those who own this prestigious Aston Martin car.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition at Auto Show

Exterior

The Vantage GT3 makes extensive use of carbon fiber body bits – including its prominent front splitter, dramatically vented hood, a huge fixed rear wing and optional carbon fiber roof panel — to help trim nearly 220 pounds, improve its wind cheating abilities and raise top speed. The weight savings also encompasses more subtle tweaks that range from a polycarbonate rear glass and windows to a magnesium torque tube and lightweight lithium-ion battery. Lower and wider than any other Vantage, the GT3 complements its thoroughly reworked tri-mode adjustable suspension with expanded track dimensions and ultra-grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires wrapped around 19-inch center-locking magnesium alloy wheels.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition Side View

Interior

Inside the cabin, the Vantage GT3 Special Edition is not quite all race car, but it does take a few bits and pieces from the racing community. Items like the carbon-fiber front seats and center stack, and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel are all weight-saving items typically seen in track-exclusive models.

Beyond the race-ready bits, this Vantage is still an Aston Martin, with its touch-sensitive control array, red highlights, carbon-fiber GT3 sill plaques, and auto climate control.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition Interior with Exclusive Leather

Powertrain

Designed and engineered at Aston’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England, the Vantage GT3 has the familiar naturally aspirated 5.9-liter 48-valve V-12. For duty in the GT3, the engine has been tweaked to make an estimated 592 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of twist, a modest improvement over the 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of the standard V12 Vantage S. Although Aston hasn’t yet detailed every change made to the V-12, it does tout a set of revised magnesium intake manifolds and a titanium exhaust system with center outlets. A magnesium torque tube and a carbon-fiber driveshaft keep things stiff and light while transmitting the power to the seven-speed automated-manual transaxle. Aston’s estimates peg the zero-to-60-mph run at 3.5 seconds, shaving two-tenths from the Vantage V-12 S’s already hasty time. Top speed, however, is reduced to an estimated 185 mph, 20-mph shy of the current V-12 S’s 205-mph Vmax, likely due to the increase in surface area of the GT3’s aero package.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition Rear View

2016 Aston Martin Vantage Release Date and Price

We expect that the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will be revealed in late 2016. Unfortunately, the stunning car won’t be available for North America market, it will only be offered exclusively to European market. Pricing will be $390,000 for base trim, expect higher price for higher trim levels. Stay tuned for more information in the future!

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