Text: Brent Co / Photos: Carlo Lee | posted May 24, 2016 21:11
Lightweight special edition Vantage GT12 strictly-limited-to-one-hundred units
The strictly-limited-to-one-hundred units track-inspired Aston Martin Vantage GT12 has arrived in Manila. It officially made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Each car is individually numbered and hand-built at the automaker’s factory in Gaydon. This particular unit is numbered ’32’.
The GT12 is wide, lighter and lower compared to the standard Vantage. The bodywork has been tuned further with a carbon fiber bodykit with aerodynamic improvements for better airflow, downforce and weight reduction. The predominantly white exterior is accented by unpainted carbon fiber and bright orange. Subtle GT12 badges further differentiate the special model, while the carbon Aston Martin badges completement lightweight bodywork.
Its chassis has also gone through significant tuning; fitted with a rollcage, various stiffeners and track-focused suspension. It gets a set of 19-inch Italian-made APP-Tech forged wheels with center lock bolt finished in anthracite.
The interior comes with a mix of alcantara and carbon fiber.
Under the hood is an improved 6.0-liter V12 engine rated at 600 PS which propels the car from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and tops at 297 km/h. It is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The British supercar was earlier announced with a GT3 monicker but was later designated as the GT12 after German sports car maker Porsche claimed ownership to the 'GT3’ label; Lotus originally used the designation for a high performance version of their Esprit sports car in 1997. Porsche only started using the GT3 label in 1999.
The car has already been spoken for, as previously mentioned by Aston Martin Manila chairman Marc Tagle during the brand's local launch in September of last year.