Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Officially Renamed To GT12
There’s no denying how fast Aston Martin cars are, but the last week has shown just how fast the British automaker’s legal team can be, too. In the span of less than a month, Aston Martin’s lawyers have had to deal with a trademark infringement against Henrik Fisker and his Thunderbolt Concept as well as a naming issue that came up with Porsche regarding the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
Aston Martin had created the car as a limited-edition, street-legal version of its GT3 class endurance racecar, but Porsche took issue with the name since it has used the “GT3” moniker for its track-tuned version of the 911. Reports soon popped up that Aston Martin was planning to change the name of this production car and the racecar to the Vantage GT12, which was made official in a new video for the “most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date.”
While the name has changed, the car’s availability sure hasn’t. Aston Martin is still planning to sell 100 Vantage GT12 street cars, but none of them will be sold in the U.S. This track-ready Aston Martin was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, and aside from its unique styling, the Vantage GT12 has increased the 6.0-liter V-12’s output to 592 horsepower while dropping curb weight by 220 pounds. Even with the weight loss, this 3,450-pound Vantage GT12 still weighs about 300 pounds more than a 911 GT3, but it also has a 117-horsepower advantage.
Continue reading to learn more about why Aston Martin changed the name of its sports car.