2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 review
Source : 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 review
Aston Martin adds power to in addition to removes weight coming from the V12 Vantage S to make a hardcore, track-focused special The result of “a growing frustration at seeing additional brands’ GT3 cars so well represented at track days”. At least of which will be how Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s design director, explains part of the thinking behind This specific, the completely new Vantage GT12. This specific, then, will be the most hardcore, track-focused variant of the Aston Martin Vantage, which, in V12 S form, will be already hardly a shabby track car in itself. This specific’s so unshabby, in fact, of which we placed This specific inside top three in our Britain’s Best Driver’s Car contest two years ago.The GT12 – which was to be called GT3 until Porsche became unnecessarily uppity about the name – takes the V12 S as a base in addition to makes This specific even more extreme. Think of This specific as Aston Martin’s answer to a Ferrari 458 Speciale, only This specific’s yet more exclusive in addition to yet more expensive. Aston will build 100 (all of which are already sold) at £250,000 apiece.The alterations run pretty deep to justify of which cost, though, in addition to they’re inspired by Aston’s own GT3 race cars. Hence the wings, the splitters in addition to the (optional) paint finish. This specific will be the lowest, widest Vantage ever, then, some 50mm wider than standard in addition to fitted with lightweight carbonfibre bumpers, front wings, bonnet in addition to, optionally, roof. Get definitely serious about saving weight in addition to you can specify plastic rear in addition to rear quarter windows, too. Do so in addition to you’re looking at a car of which will be an impressive 100kg lighter than standard, at 1565kg at the kerb. The Centeng alone will be 20kg lighter, which isn’t bad going given of which This specific today includes a wing the size of a picnic table on the bootlid. This specific, along having a completely new splitter in addition to rear diffuser, makes sufficient downforce of which the top speed drops coming from the 205mph of the V12 Vantage S to 185mph. No complaints coming from us; there’s barely a circuit inside entire world where you’d hit more than of which in a road car anyway.Inside, the weight saving will be, typically, even easier to find than This specific will be on the outside. Substitute leather in addition to foam, in addition to whatever they cover, with one particular layer of carbonfibre in addition to you develop the makings of a cabin of which feels the part – especially when This specific’s finished This specific impeccably. What isn’t carbonfibre will be Alcantara, both of which I rather like, in addition to even though This specific might seem a bit incongruous to retain the stereo in addition to satellite navigation, we must remember of which This specific will be a track car, not a racing car.To go with the weight decrease comes a significant power increase. The standard V12 Vantage S makes 565bhp, which will be plenty for its chassis. The GT12’s 5.9-litre V12 receives magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry in addition to a titanium exhaust system (saving 19kg alone) in addition to This specific today produces a walloping 592bhp. The 0-60mph time falls by 0.2sec to 3.5sec, which may not sound like a great deal, yet remember This specific will be a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive car in addition to traction, whether you have 550bhp or 600bhp, will be the limiting factor. So too, likely as not, will be the single-clutch, seven-speed robotised manual gearbox, which, although having a completely new torque tube in addition to being recalibrated for faster shifts, could prove to be less sophisticated than the best dual-clutch automatics.
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