2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Review – Taking a Detour From the Racetrack

The original Aston Martin Vantage was already a beast of a sports car from the British marquee, but when Aston decides to release a limited run car, they pull out all the stops and deliver one hell of a car; the result is the 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12. The GT12 is a super Vantage on steroids with Aston’s signature V12 and GT3 racecar bits.

2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Review - Taking a Detour From the Racetrack

The 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Proves Its Worth Despite a Limited Run of Only a Hundred Units

The exterior of the 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 speaks for itself… loudly. Vents on the hood, large rear wing, fenders that are so wide they compete with the wing mirrors, performance rims along with trackday special rubber and large carbon ceramic brakes. The body consists mostly of carbon fiber painted with contrasting orange trim. The engine on the GT12 is the 6.0-liter V12 from the V12 Vantage S mated to a 7-speed single clutch auto with paddle shifts.

On the inside, the 2015 Vantage GT12 is rather basic but not race car barebones weight saving basic. There’s still a dashboard with naked carbon fiber weaving, the same MFD display on the vantage sits prominently on the center console, along with nicely bolstered seats. To save weight, the whole body is carbon fiber, even the door pulls are made of leather to save weight.

Driving the GT12 is a real beast of a car while still being planted on the tarmac. As a road car, the adaptive suspension can adapt to the surface and add some much needed pliability on the suspension. Change it to track mode however and the feedback so sensitive it’s as if you feel every pebble and rubber fragment that’s deposited on the outside of the corner. Despite the heavy V12 on the nose of the car, the carbon ceramic brakes keeps the car composed on the way to the corners.

If you’re a collector and want one of the most exclusive cars available then the limited to 100 run of the GT12 is for you. The power to weight ratio of the car and the engine makes the car want to just zip past everything on the straights and the combination of performance suspension and large brakes keep you from kissing the wall of the track instead of the apex.

It might be a weird move for Aston but why’d they put a single clutch seven speed auto on a quarter million dollar supercar. It makes the car outperform the transmission causing a bottleneck for those keeping track times.

The 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 is a car full of character, full of power, and performance. It might be a car you might only get to see with your eyes as all 100 are already up for ownership along with the sky-high price, but it’s a car truly worth all the exclusivity and expense.


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