Life imitating art imitating life. It's a rare but ponderous thing to see, but our favorite variation is a road car turned into a racecar which in turn results in a road car.
It's the formula adopted by Ferrari to turn the 360 Modena into the 360 Challenge and then back into the 360 Challenge Stradale – a formula which it has followed with the 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, and which Lamborghini and Maserati followed with Stradale versions of their production-based racecars as well. And now it looks like Aston Martin could be following the same.
Speaking with longtime Aston Martin chief Dr. Ulrich Bez, Autocar reports that the British automaker is considering a roadgoing version of the Vantage GT3 to slot in above the V12 Vantage S. The most extreme version of the sportscar yet could benefit from competition-derived aerodynamics, a 6.0-liter V12 engine upgraded to around 600 horsepower and a good 200 pounds trimmed off the curb weight.
Considering that the current V12 Vantage S can already hit 60 in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 205 miles per hour, the GT3-derived road car could prove one of the fastest cars Aston has ever built.