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Aston Martin Vantage GT3 renamed Vantage GT12; blame Porsche

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Josée Paquet

According to Goodwood Road & Racing, an Aston Martin spokesman has confirmed that the Vantage GT3 Special Edition will now be called GT12 Special Edition since Porsche has owned the rights to the GT3 moniker since 1999.

Aston Martin claimed that it only meant to identify the GT3 race class the car competes in, but it didn't matter for Porsche and the court ruled in favour of the latter. The Vantage GT12 name will refer to the 12-cylinder engine under the hood. 

Ironically, Lotus used to sell the Esprit GT3 at the end of the 1990s, and Bentley currently offers the Continental GT3-R.

The new Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Special Edition will be limited to 100 units, each of them motivated by a 600-horsepower, 6.0L V12. The car will be sold neither in the U.S. nor in China.

Source: Goodwood Road & Racing




Josée Paquet
Josée Paquet
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