This is the most powerful and racy Aston Martin ever made, the Vantage GT3.
Due to make its public debut at next month's Geneva motor show, this hardcore new model takes inspiration from Aston's Vantage GT3 racecar. It will be made in a limited production run of just 100 units.
The new model is based on the V12 Vantage S – until now the most potent version of the ageing two-seater coupe – and features a 595bhp 5.9-litre V12 engine, with the power boost gained through the use of a new titanium exhaust system and a magnesium inlet manifold. Full performance figures are yet to be finalised, but expect a rapid 0-62mph sprint time of around 3.5 seconds.
The most obvious visual departure from the Vantage S is the GT3's aggressive body kit. The huge rear spoiler, jutting chin spoiler, rear diffuser and extended side skirts increase downforce seven-fold over the Vantage S. The car's track has also been widened for improved handling.
Saving weight has been a key aspect of maximising the Vantage's performance. The GT3 swaps the regular model's aluminum and steel body for carbon fibre, with everything but the doors being replaced.
Announcing the arrival of the Vantage GT3 special edition, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said: "Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin. The Vantage is the car we campaign in top level sports car racing around the world and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess."
He added: "The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I'm sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track."
If you fancy your own Vantage GT3, you'll need to stump up around £250,000. You'll have to hurry, too, as most of the production run is thought to be spoken for already.