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.