Aston Martin’s Vantage GT3 special edition goes hardcore with lightened bodywork and 592 hp

While the bigger Vanquish takes on the role of luxury GT car, Aston Martin’s Vantage has focused on performance with a series of increasingly-aggressive variants, the latest of which will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 special edition is described as the “most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date” by its maker. That sounds like something worth looking into.

The new model is inspired by Aston’s racing efforts, and makes that connection with a number of steroidal body mods, including an aerodynamic package with a large rear spoiler and front splitter.

It also features wider track, and plenty of carbon fiber pieces, including the hood, front fenders, door shells, and roof.

In addition, the car is equipped with a racing-style lithium-ion battery, and can be ordered with polycarbonate rear windows. All of this cuts weight down to 3,450 pounds, about 220 pounds lighter than a V12 Vantage S.

The same 6.0-liter V12 found in that model and many other Astons also motivates the GT3, but here it’s tuned to produce 592 horsepower.

Aston won’t discuss performance figures, but the combination of a lightened chassis and nearly 600 hp is always a good thing.

On the inside, the GT3 special edition is slathered in Alcantara and carbon fiber trim, as is typical of high-end road cars meant to evoke racecars.

Just 100 examples of the Vantage GT3 special edition will be made, with deliveries set to begin in the third quarter of 2015.

Everyone else will get to see this hardcore Aston at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show March 3.

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