Porsche Makes Aston Martin to Rename the Extreme Vantage
Aston Martin renamed its most powerful Vantage modification – GT3 – due to claims of Porsche’s copyright breach.
Bentley will not have to rename its fastest standard model, Continental GT3-R. The manufacturer is a part of Volkswagen concern and this is why Porsche, also a part of VW, doesn’t have any claims against the Brits.
Aston Martin lawyers have tried to solve the problem with Porsche representatives for several months. As it was noted by Aston’s employees, the Germans have claimed that the GT3 designation is officially pinned to several modifications of their cars. The Brits, in turn, have stated that GT3 is the name of a racing category. Besides, the first Porsche modification with such designation – 996 GT3 – have only appeared in 1999, while Lotus has released the Esprit GT3 sports car in 1996.
However, Aston Martin management has decided to not spend funds on judicial proceedings and renamed Vantage GT3 with Vantage GT12. The same designation will be granted to the racing version of the model that was previously named V12 Vantage GT3.
The most powerful Aston Martin Vantage modification has debuted in the beginning of March on the Geneva motor show. The supercar is fitted with a 6-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, whose output has been increased from 573 hp and 620 Nm of torque to 600 hp and 625 Nm. The coupe is capable of developing the first 100 kph in 3.7 seconds, while its maximum velocity is 297 kph. The novelty will have a limited release of 100 copies. All the supercar copies are currently sold out.