If you were interested in getting your hands on the street-legal, track-prepped Aston Martin Vantage GT12, which the automaker initially renamed the GT3, you’re too late. The British automaker has just announced that the special edition sports car has just sold out.

This isn’t a rumor or a report that we’re going off here. Aston has officially released a press release letting the world know that they missed one of the most amazing Vantages to ever grace pavement.

There were several stages of awesomeness added to the GT12, and the first was getting its weight down to a svelte 1,535 kg (3,384 pounds) from its standard weight of 1,665 kg (3,670 pounds). Aston achieved this weight loss by adding in a carbon-fiber hood, front wings and door casings, and installing polycarbonate rear quarter-windows. Optionally, buyers may also toss in a carbon-fiber roof for even more weight savings.

Rounding out the awesome body of the GT12 is a large rear spoiler and a front splitter to increase downforce.

The cabin also helped in the weight-savings department by using lightweight carbon-fiber seats and center stack, an Alcantara- wrapped steering wheel. Adding a touch of class to the cabin are carbon-fiber “GT12” doorsill plaques.

Aston Martin also spent a little time massaging the 6.0-liter V-12 engine too. It tweaked the powerplant to 600 PS (592 horsepower), which is a 27 PS (roughly 27-horsepower) gain over the standard Aston Martin Vantage V12 S. The power boost was courtesy of revised magnesium intake manifolds and a titanium exhaust system.

Unfortunately, Aston Martin only built 100 examples of this track-ready sports car, so it’s no surprise that it sold out so quickly.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT12.

Why it matters

Limited-edition cars like the GT12 are instant classics. I am willing to bet that we’ll see at least one of these cross the auction block in the next five years for substantially more than it cost new. What kills me is that given the cost of this rig and its limited availability, seeing anyone actually use the GT12 in its intended fashion (at a local track-day event) is highly unlikely. But you never know, there may be one wealthy owner who doesn’t mind risking it all by pushing this car to its limits for little more than bragging rights.

Aston Martin Vantage GT12

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Special Edition High Resolution Exterior
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Press Release

Aston Martin’s most performance-focused, road-going Vantage ever – the Vantage GT12 – will make its world dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The extreme, lightweight special edition features a 6-litre V12 engine producing 600PS and bridges the gap between road and track driving in spectacular fashion, calling on Aston Martin’s rich heritage in motor sport.

Only 100 of the special editions will be built and all of them have already been snapped up in advance by eager buyers.

Visitors to Goodwood’s Moving Motor Show on Thursday, June 25, will get a sneak preview of the Vantage GT12 as it takes its place as a static display in the Supercar Paddock. The car will then tackle the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill Climb course, with Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer at the wheel during the Festival weekend.

Comprehensively re-engineered, the Vantage GT12 is inspired by the marque’s V12 Vantage GT3 race car and is significantly restyled to reflect Aston Martin’s motor sport pedigree. The car is packed with race-inspired features, from its lower and wider stance and track-focused aerodynamics package to the extensive use of carbon fibre throughout.

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