And eventually Aston Martin bows down to the issue raised by Porsche. All those who remember, a couple of weeks back, Porsche, the German Supercar manufacturer created a lot of furore by announcing that they will sue Aston Martin, the vintage luxury car maker from Britain over the 'GT3' moniker. Bowing down to the issues, Aston Martin has quietly changed the name of the recently unveiled Vantage GT3 special edition as Vantage GT12.
The Vantage GT3 was unveiled almost two months ago, and immediately gathered lots of controversy surrounding its name. Apparently, Porsche wasn't too happy with the GT3 moniker and contacted Aston Martin to face legal consequences if they go forward with the name. Aston decides to avoid the lawsuit and renamed the car as the Vantage GT12.
Aston Martin also released a new video clip, replacing the original video with the changed name and also revised the original press release for the same. Rumors are that the Aston Martin will also replace the track-only Aston Martin GT3 moniker with another name. But no such reports have been confirmed by the company yet and the website still lists the racecar as GT3.
The Vantage GT3 is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine that produces 600hp and 625 Nm of torque. Based on the V12 Vantage S, the GT3 weighs almost 100 kg less that helps the car to go from 0-100 kmph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 297 kmph. The production of the Vantage GT12 is limited to 100 cars and will go on sale from the third quarter of 2015.