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.