Not willing to risk a lawsuit and facing Porsche’s fierce lawyers, Aston Design decided to give in and change the name of Vantage GT3 Special Edition model to Vantage GT12. The GT3 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show as a top of the line, special edition Vantage.
The reason this car was called the GT3 was because it is inspired, and even looks very similar, to the Vantage GT3 race car that has been around for many years now. The idea was to use the success of the race car to sell the limited edition road going version. But then Porsche got in touch and claimed they own the name GT3 for road cars and Aston should, nay, must stop using it.
Now, as we have mentioned before, Porsche has a very strong legal team. I mean, these are the guys who handled the VW merger case. They are heavyweights and you can imagine what would could they do to a small firm from Gaydon. So Aston, preferring common sense to bravado, changed the name of the car to Vantage GT12.
Aston Martin Vantage GT12 may not sound very catchy, but it is not an entirely pointless name, as the car is powered by a V12 engine and, at the end of the day, it is a GT model. At 600 horsepower, that V12 is the most powerful version of this engine Aston has ever created, and it makes the Vantage GT12 the fastest road car they have ever made.