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Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Sounds Awesome At The Nürburgring: Video

Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Sounds Awesome At The Nürburgring: Video

This is what a 595-horsepower, limited edition Aston Martin sounds like

The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 may be grabbing all the headlines these past few days and deservedly so. But just because everyone’s talking about the Vantage GT8, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about its big brother, the Vantage GT12. Let’s face it, as awesome as the GT8 is – and it’s pretty awesome! – the GT12 is still in a different league altogether.

Proof of that can be found in this video where the limited-edition, track-focused monster was spotted doing some raging runs around the Nürburgring. There aren’t really a lot of words that you can say to aptly describe that ear-piercing roar coming out of that 6.0-liter V-12 engine. That’s 595 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque worth of power and judging by that exhaust note, all that power is being put to good use.

I can’t say enough about the Vantage GT12 without feeling envious that I won’t be able to drive one anytime soon. After all, Aston Martin only produced 100 units of the car so it’s not like I’m going to spot one in my neighborhood anytime soon. Fortunately, there are videos like this one to keep me company as I continue to wistfully imagine being able to get behind the wheel of one. Check out the video and remember: volume up!

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2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

The lightest, quickest, and most powerful V8 Vantage ever built

Earlier, in April of 2016, we found out that Aston Martin was planning to launch a race-focused version of the V8 Vantage. It will be offered as the GT8 and will follow in the footsteps of the GT12, a limited-edition, track-ready version of the V12 Vantage. The rumor was immediately confirmed by a prototype that showed up on the Nurburgring. Only a few days have passed since then and Aston Martin unveiled the Vantage GT8.

Looking very similar to the V-12-powered GT12 model, the GT8 confirms that Aston Martin is set to launch significantly more track-ready vehicles in the future. Word has it that the GT8 will be one of two limited-edition cars to be unveiled in 2016, so there’s another exciting model to expect from the Brits by the end of the year.

Back to the sports car in question, it’s essentially a road-going version of the V8 Vantage GTE race car and joins the GT12, which is a road-legal variant of the GT3-spec model.

"We long held the desire to create a road car that truly reflects our racing activity at Le Mans. With the Vantage GT8, we’ve finally been able to achieve that. By focusing on weight savings and aerodynamics, we’ve taken the V8 Vantage to an entirely different level of agility and aggression. It’s a hugely exciting car honed to the keenest possible edge,” said David King, director of Special Projects and Motorsport.

Aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3, the Aston Martin GT8 will hit the market in limited numbers. Find out more about that in our full review below.

Updated 04/15/2016: Aston Martin dropped the official details for its new Vantage GT8 special edition.

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Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racers Get Bespoke Badging

Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racers Get Bespoke Badging

Badges were designed by Q by Aston Martin to commemorate all nine stages of the season

Aston Martin has been a stalwart of endurance racing since the automaker’s racing team, Aston Martin Racing, made a return to competition in 2005. The team has been actively involve in various racing series around the world, including the World Endurance Championship, which made its debut in 2012. Now that the WEC is nearing the start of its fifth season, Aston Martin Racing is commemorating the occasion by unveiling a series of bespoke wing badges that will be worn by all Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE race cars for the entire season.

All these badges are unique in that each come with a personalized design from the British automaker’s resident personalization service, ‘Q by Aston Martin.’ Each design commemorates the flag of the country that will host each of the nine rounds of the series. Since the season opening race will be the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 17, 2016, the three V8 Vantage GTE racers that will be competing in the race will wear badges inspired by the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. That will be followed by the Belgian flag-inspired badges that will be used in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 7, 2016 and continuing until the season-ending 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 19, 2016.

The process by which these wing badges were created combines old-school jewellery making machinery with modern CAD technology. According to Aston Martin, the process starts with pressing and annealing to ensure that the badges are strong and durable. Once the badges are created, designing and coloring them takes center stage. This particular process involves applying the colors by hand and finished using fine grindstone to make them as smooth as possible. Once the colors are in place, the badges are then fired to glaze, polished to make them shiny, and plated on the cars.

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2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Aston Martin may have introduced a brand-new platform with the DB11, which replaced the DB9 for the 2017 model year, but the old vertical/horizontal (VH) architecture won’t be retired anytime soon. Currently used for the Vantage, Rapide, and Vanquish, the VH platform will live on until each of the three models receive their next-generation replacements. This should happen by the end of the decade, but the Brits are keen on keeping the existing models relatively fresh before sending them into retirement. The first to get a new update is the V12 Vantage S.

Having injected a bit of exclusivity into the Vantage range with the limited-edition, track-oriented GT12, Aston Martin is now giving the V12 Vantage S an option that sports car enthusiasts have been asking for ever since the S-badged model was launched back in 2013. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the range-topping grand tourer gained a manual transmission. The three-pedal version will hit dealerships for the 2017 model year and will be joined by a raft of exterior and interior changes brought by the new Sport-Plus package.

"Broadening the scope of the V12 Vantage S with a manual transmission option is an indication of our desire to offer the keenest drivers a more analogue and immersive machine to enjoy. I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the manual gearbox remains an integral part of our product plans and will do so for many years to come," said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

It would be interesting to find out why we had to wait more than three years for a manual V12 Vantage S to arrive, but I guess it’s better late than ever.

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Aston Martin Eyeing Race-Focused Version Of The Vantage

Aston Martin Eyeing Race-Focused Version Of The Vantage

Production to be limited to just 150 units

It’s not that often we see Aston Martin dominate the headlines as it has in the past few weeks, but with so many developments coming out of Gaydon, it’s only right that we kick off a new week with another new model that Aston Martin has in the works.

The new model, at least according to AutoCar, will be a race-focused version of the V8 Vantage and will carry the name GT8. It’s expected to follow the footsteps of its V-12 counterpart, the GT12, a similarly prepared version of the V12 Vantage that Aston Martin unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Much like the GT12, the GT8 will be developed with performance as one of its top priorities. It’s being tipped to be the lightest Vantage ever made, which Aston plans to achieve by using carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum in the car’s construction. Details on power and performance have yet to be announced, but given the goal to establish its feathery weight relative to other V8 Vantage models, the GT8 is being looked at as being faster than the V8 Vantage S to 60 mph by as much as three-tenths of a second. That should make it a worthy rival to a car like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

There’s also no word on when the GT8 will be made available, but Aston Martin has already capped production to just 150 units, 50 units more than the 100-piece G12. Pricing has reportedly been set at £170,000, which would be around $243,000 based on current exchange rates. It’s a bargain compared to the £250,000 ($357,000) price tag of the G12, but like its big brother, there are options available to increase the performance capabilities of the GT8. With those in place, the pricing for the newest Aston performance car could tip closer to £200,000, or about $285,000.

More details about the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 are expected to be announced when it makes its debut this week.

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Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

A replacement model of the Vantage will be first in the cards

Aston Martin isn’t keen on calling it a lineup overhaul, but it might as well admit to it after announcing plans to build a seven-model lineup that effectively signals the start of a new era for the British luxury brand.

Speaking with Car & Driver, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer laid out the plans for the new model range, beginning with the replacement of the existing V8 Vantage. That model will retain the same name and is expected to launch in 2017. More importantly, it’s going to use the

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sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the first Aston Martin to use this specific powertrain. Accompanying the new engine will be a choice of either manual and automatic gearboxes. As for the V-12 version of the Vantage is concerned, Aston Martin hasn’t made plans known for that car, that is if it has plans to begin with. In any event, the release of the replacement Vantage will be followed by another replacement model.

Once the new Vantage hits the market, Aston Martin will turn its focus on new Vanquish. That car won’t be launched until 2018, and at this point, not much is known about the technical side of the supercar. It is important to note that Palmer himself singled out the next-generation Vanquish as the likeliest model to receive some of the technologies that come out of the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing partnership. Two

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sourced techs that are reportedly being considered for the new Vanquish include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.

Beyond these two models, Aston Martin is also busy preparing the DB11, which we first saw at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited replacement for the DB9 will be powered by a newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine and is scheduled to arrive around the same time as the next-generation Vantage. A V-8 version is also reportedly in the cards, but a timetable for that model is still up in the air.

Rounding out the seven-model range are two models that we already know about: the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. The remaining models are still shrouded in secrecy, but there is some indication that they could be the V-12 version of the Vantage and the V-8 version of the DB11. Another possibility is a production version of the RapidE Concept. Whether any of these possibilities come to bear is still a matter of debate, but we do know that theAM-RB 001, the 99-piece hypercar Aston Martin is developing with Red Bull, is unlikely to be part of the seven models due to its limited run.

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2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

Aston Martin is bringing a new V8 Vantage GTE to the WEC Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans

In what seems like a repeat of history, Aston Martin Racing has announced a new Aston Martin GTE race car, as well as its intentions to win this year’s World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year, AMR is going for two GTE Pro entries and one GTE Am entry. The announcement of the new GTE race car also comes with news of a partnership with TOTAL and Dunlop, the latter of which will provide Sport Maxx GT racing tires for all GTE cars throughout the WEC.

This year, the #95 GTE race car will be driven by Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Darren Turner. The other Pro entry – the #97 GTE race car – will be driven by Richie Stanaway, Jonny Adam and Fernando Rees. The #98 car will return to race this year with Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, and Mathias Lauda. Needless to say, this is going to be a very exciting season for Aston Martin Racing.

Now that we’ve talked a little bit about the drivers and the new partnerships between AMR, TOTAL, and Dunlop, let’s take a look at this new GTE racer. Regulations changed this year, and teams now have greater freedom in the aerodynamics department, so we’re sure to see some new features.

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2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Blades Edition

2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Blades Edition

We’ve seen the Aston Martin Vantage in a number of forms over the past few years. It started back in 2005 with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, then in 2008, we saw the Aston Martin Vantage GT2. In 2009, we reviewed the Vantage GT4, then in 2010 we were pleased to write about the V12 Vantage. The list could go on with various one-off and tuned models like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage by D2Forged or the V8 GT2 by Jota Racing, but instead, I’m here to talk about another special version that will be limited to just five models: The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Blades Edition.

Have you ever heard of the aerobatic display team from the United Kingdom known as The Blades? The team is a small group of pilots that are capable of incredible formation flying and is the only aerobatic display team in the world that operates as an airline, giving passengers the unique experience of flying in tight formation and experiencing air-bound stunts first hand. So why am I telling you about these unique pilots and what they can do with their Extra EA300 airplanes? Well, because they are the inspiration behind the Aston Martin’s newest Vantage.

The Blades Edition Vantage S is being developed to pay homage to those pilots and their planes, with several modifications not found on any other Aston Martin in the world. Each of the five units to be produced will even have its own personal identifier that links it directly to one of the airplanes used by The Blades. Join me on a short walk down the page as we see how Aston Martin has managed to link air travel to ground travel, and what makes the Vantage S Blades Edition so unique.

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Chris Harris Puts The Aston GT12 Vs. 991 GT3RS Vs. McLaren 650S: Video

Chris Harris Puts The Aston GT12 Vs. 991 GT3RS Vs. McLaren 650S: Video

When you’re a car presenter and you’re given three sports cars with features unique to their own, picking one over the two others is an incredibly difficult task. But Chris Harris isn’t your typical car presenter. He’s been around this block long enough to know how the game works. In this particular instance, Harris was given a chance to line up three of today’s most desirable sports cars - the Porsche 991 GT3 RS, Aston Martin GT12, and McLaren 650S - to determine which of these three gives prospective customers the most bang for their buck, which in this case would be above £200,000, or a little over $300,000 based on current exchange rates.

In true Harris fashion, the affable presenter neatly laid out the pros of each model, starting with the GT3 RS, a car he says is “natural and intuitive” in every thing it does. Once he was done gushing over the Porsche, Harris turned his attention to the GT12, which is actually sold out. Still, Harris was still able to have a few thoughts on the track-tuned Aston, calling it “outrageous fun” before lamenting on whether it was the best car he has driven in 2015. Then there’s the 650S, without question the fastest and most powerful of the three. Harris didn’t even hesitate calling the 650 “better” in a lot ways than its two rivals.

So, the question Harris eventually wanted to answer was if any of these three supercars are worth their price tags. Like the true gear head that he is, Harris eventually settled on an answer that’s not only predictable, but also shows how hard it is to pick one, even though, technically, the GT12’s sold out status disqualifies it from the choices.

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Chris Harris Drives The Aston Martin Vantage GT12: Video

Chris Harris Drives The Aston Martin Vantage GT12: Video

With the 2016 Vantage GT12 Special Edition, Aston Martin has pushed the Vantage platform to the outer limits of what’s acceptable in a road-going Aston. Its wider stance, lower front air damn, huge rear wing and howling V-12 make it about the closest thing you can to street-legal GT3 race car, and now everyone’s favorite YouTube tire slayer, Chris Harris, has finally gotten a go in one of only 100 examples that will ever be built.

Without giving away too much, he seems to like it. Really like it. It’s a simple formula, but rear-wheel-drive, V-12-powered, analog sports cars are becoming increasingly rare in the current age of turbocharged engines and all-wheel-drive. Obviously it’s devastatingly fast, but it’s also surprisingly compliant on the road in the softest of its three damper settings. It’s also an absolute weapon on the track, which is on full display in the second half of the video.

It’s actually not the first time Chris been behind the wheel of an Aston Martin Vantage GT12. He also drove a race-ready version in this year’s Nürburgring 24 hour race. Aside from a set of slick tires, safety equipment and an air restrictor to conform to class rules, it was almost identical to the road car. He made a video of that too, which is also well worth your time to watch.

When it’s not restricted, the GT12’s 6.0-liter V-12 produces 592 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, which is sent to the rear-wheels through a (somewhat obsolete) single-clutch, paddle-shift transmission. It does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and will go on to top speed of about 185 mph. Prices start at about $390,000, but that doesn’t really matter, because all 100 have been spoken for.

Harris suggests that he’ll soon pit the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 against the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That should be a lot of fun, so stay tuned. In the meantime, crank up the hi-fi for an earful of V-12 heavy metal.

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 Chris Harris Drives Aston Martin GT12 At Nurburgring 24H: Video

Chris Harris Drives Aston Martin GT12 At Nurburgring 24H: Video

Forget the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indy 500. The Nürburgring 24 is absolutely the greatest racing spectacle in the world. The Nordschleife and GP circuits combine to form a 15.5-mile course that was built to break cars. It attracts a field of nearly 200 teams that run everything from purposed-built GT3 cars to hatchbacks to a vintage Opel Manta with a raccoon tail dangling from its aerial.

Then there are the fans, who are as passionate about racing as they are about swilling the local brew, Bitburger. A friend of mine once described the N24 campgrounds as Jurassic Park. The partying is non-stop for the entire week leading up to the race, with techno and metal blaring against a backbeat of race engines. If going to this race isn’t on your bucket list, it really needs to be.

But, if you can’t make it, then this video might be the next best thing. Chris Harris was invited by Aston Martin to drive a new Vantage GT12 in the 2015 N24, and other than its slick tires, required safety equipment and 50-horsepower drop to meet class requirements, it was a street-legal road car with a racing livery. Chris proves it by taking it for a spin on the roads around the Nürburgring before the race. Check out the video to see how he and the GT12 fare during the race.

Without restrictors, the 2016 Aston Martin GT12’s 6.0-liter V-12 produces 592 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. In the sports car tradition of paying more for less, it features a stripped out interior that helps save 220 pounds. It does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, but outright top speed is sacrificed in the name of downforce-generating aero add-ons that make it look like a GT3 racer for the road.
This is a wonderful video.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Testing At Nurburgring: Video

Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Testing At Nurburgring: Video

The 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 may have come to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed to rev its massive V-12 powerplant and race up the hill, but it seems the limited-edition grand tourer isn’t yet ready to take on the streets. At least that’s what the video above, showing the GT12 being put through its paces on the Nurburgring lap, suggests.

That’s far from upsetting though, as seeing the ultimate Vantage carve Germany’s legendary race track is a treat. More so since the driver appears to actually race the car when not dealing with slow traffic. There’s plenty of engine roar, high-speed runs, and even a gorgeous, blue-and-orange livery.
_But what a sound! Turn up the volume for this one.

As a brief reminder, the Vantage GT12 is essentially a road-legal version of the 2012 Aston Martin GT3-spec race car. It uses a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 592 horsepower and is about 220 pounds lighter than the standard model. It will take only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph and Aston Martin says only 100 units will be built.

In case the GT12 name is a bit confusing, you should know that the Brits initially named it the Vantage GT3, just like the race car it is based on. However, Aston Martin had to remane it to GT12 after Porsche claimed its right on the GT3 moniker. Turns out names aren’t that important, as this Vantage is one quick machine. Hit play to see for yourself.

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