Teaser for Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Teaser for Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Teaser videos and images have become somewhat overused, dragging out what should be a nice surprise unveiling into a weeks- or months-long affair that slowly saps all of the anticipation from a new car's unveiling. This latest teaser from Aston Martin may avoid the pitfalls, however, as it leaves just enough up in the air—but gives us enough to be curious.

It provides a few glimpses of Aston Martin’s Vantage GT3 race car that's been competing in the World Endurance Championship and other endurance events over the past couple of years, going up against similar spec cars from the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and more recently Chevrolet and Dodge. Towards the end of the video, we see a drawing of a possible road-going version of the race car and confirmation of a 2015 Geneva Motor Show reveal.

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It looks like previous rumors of a road-going Aston Martin Vantage GT3 are about to prove true. Like the race car, the road car will almost certainly feature a V-12, although we could see output bumped up from the V12 Vantage S model’s 565 horsepower.

Teaser for Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Teaser for Aston Martin Vantage GT3

As the teaser reveals, a wider track, a huge rear wing and a more aggressive front bumper modeled like the one on the race car will likely be employed. Some weight-saving mods are also expected to be employed. This could include using carbon fiber for more components, adding light alloy wheels and perhaps even a titanium exhaust system.

Combined with an increase in engine output, say to the tune of 600 horsepower, the hardcore Vantage GT3 could rival Ferrari’s 458 Speciale in terms of power-to-weight ratio. Other rivals would include Porsche’s 911 GT3 and—to a lesser extent—the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Dodge Viper SRT TA. The most potent Vantage at present, the V12 Vantage S, will do 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 205 mph, so a lighter and more powerful version could deliver even better figures.

It’s too early to talk pricing but expect a premium on the $184,995 starting price of the V12 Vantage S.

The Geneva Motor Show gets underway in early March. Stay tuned for updates in the meantime.


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