While everyone is busy trying to guess what sort of track monster Aston Martin will unveil at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show under the Vulcan name, the Brits quietly introduced the Vantage GT3 Special Edition. Essentially a street-legal version of the carmaker’s GT3-spec race car, this new V-12-powered rig is aimed at the bonkers 911 GT3, with Aston Martin hoping to defeat the benchmark of all track-ready sports cars by means of 600 PS (592 horsepower). Naturally, you don’t stand a chance against the 911 GT3 unless you go to fat-camp first, but the folks over at Aston Martin took care of that by shaving no fewer than 220 pounds off the car’s weight compared to the standard Vantage.

Of course, the GT3’s interior features fewer bells and whistles than usual, but if you fancy race-ready bits, this Vantage has you covered. The big news obviously lies under the long hood, where the naturally aspirated, 5.9-liter V-12 engine roars to the tune of 600 PS, which represents a 27 PS gain over the standard Vantage. More importantly, the updated, race-spec mill sounds downright stunning, obliterating the 911 GT3’s as far as decibels go. To find out what I mean, all you need to do is watch XCar’s exclusive video of Aston Martin’s new race car for the road. Hit the play button above to hear that V-12 engine roar.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Special Edition High Resolution Exterior
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Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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